A Look Behind the Scenes at 'The Walking Dead' Season 9

Lula Sharp
September 20, 2018

To fund the highly expensive and expansive plans for The Walking Dead's future, which are rumored to amount to hundreds of millions of dollars, network execs have reportedly held meetings with highly successful media companies about partnering up for the production process. The presumable big difference between this comic-inspired Walking Dead-verse and those of DC and Marvel is that these stories would likely all take place in one continuity. It's no surprise that there are further TV spin-offs planned, but the prospect of a series of Walking Dead movies is quite interesting. Those companies weren't specified, but perhaps it speaks to the both the Walking Dead brand and the AMC Networks brand that the team is shooting so high with their near-future goals.

In addition to its prequel and its talk show Talking Dead, The Walking Dead has also spawned mobile games, live events, and the annual Walker Stalker Con, which draws crowds of 65,000-70,000 in Atlanta, and 35,000 and 30,000 in cities like Chicago and London. AMC knows a good thing when they see one, and they're prepared to keep The Walking Dead alive and kicking for as long as possible.

Bloomberg's souces said AMC is open to producing movies for a rival TV network or streaming service, that could then be spun off into television series.

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While the ideas are still at an early stage and nothing is confirmed, there are apparently hopes to spin off several more variations on the show, including examples set in other countries to take advantage of the series' global following. Scott Gimple, who was named Chief Content Officer for The Walking Dead franchise after serving as show-runner for the past four seasons of the flagship series, will be overseeing development of "different narrative possibilities".

The Walking Dead's upcoming ninth season will be one of changes, that's guaranteed. All of this news comes on the heels of the fact that viewership for The Walking Dead is declining.

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