AMC plans to turn The Walking Dead into a full fledged multimedia franchise with multiple movies and several more TV spin-offs over the next 10 years, according to Bloomberg. Citing unnamed sources, the news organization reports that AMC is talking to "several large media companies about partnering on the projects" and that that it could cost "several hundred million dollars".
Forbes has pegged the budget for each episode of The Walking Dead at around $2.75m.
“We have a plan that goes well into the future,” AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan said earlier this month. "If we manage it properly it has a long life, which is not to say it will always look like a TV series."
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. AMC have already sold streaming rights for The Walking Dead to Netflix, and Fear the Walking Dead to Hulu.
These unnamed sources also say that a spin-off could also be set in other countries outside the United States.
The Walking Dead's ninth season is scheduled to begin October 7 on AMC.