The Walking Dead is now virtually 20 years previous, with the black-and-white indie comedian by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore spawning a transmedia empire of TV reveals, movies, video video games, motion pictures, board video games, novels, theme park rides and all method of merchandise. The present is on the heart of AMC’s line-up, with the core present set to air its eleventh and ultimate season later this 12 months.
However whereas this can be an ending, it’s wanting like merely the top of a section of the franchise earlier than it strikes on to greater issues. A lot greater issues, as leaker Daniel Richtman is reporting that AMC desires The Strolling Useless to turn into as massive as Star Wars. It is a laudable aim, however AMC has a protracted option to go earlier than they get anyplace near the would possibly of a galaxy far, far-off.
So, how a lot floor does it should cowl? We are able to get a good suggestion from Wikipedia’s list of the highest-grossing media franchises in history. Pokémon is at primary with at the least $100 billion in income. Rounding out the highest 5 are Howdy Kitty, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse & Mates and, with an estimated $68.7 billion made, Star Wars. So the place does The Strolling Useless land?
Properly, it isn’t on the record, with the lowest-grossing entry the Guitar Hero video video games at $2 billion. Which means even with essentially the most optimistic projections, The Strolling Useless must generate 35x as a lot cash because it does now with a view to hassle Darth Vader. That appears unlikely, particularly because the adult-orientated and extremely violent motion makes it unattainable to market The Strolling Useless to youngsters.
However AMC is definitely searching for to develop the model. Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond have additional seasons to come back, we’re getting new anthology collection Tales of the Walking Dead, a rumored comedy outing, a show with an LGBTQ focus and a TV project exploring an as-yet-undefined villain. After which there’s the film trilogy starring Andrew Lincoln, which is presently in manufacturing.
The Strolling Useless‘s ambitions could also be far-fetched, however at the least they’re reaching for the celebrities.