Rick Grimes isn't done! AMC announces multiple films for 'The Walking Dead' Universe
The network has multiple movies planned to chronicle the development of the plot post the series and they will star everyone's favorite Andrew Lincoln
'The Walking Dead' fans have a reason to rejoice - Rick Grimes's story isn't over, folks!
After the immense success of the zombie drama, AMC has announced that they will now be expanding 'The Walking Dead' universe into films. You read that right, there are multiple movies planned to chronicle the development of the plot post the series and they will star everyone's favorite Andrew Lincoln. The production date has also been set — the films will be made under the AMC Studios Original Films banner and will begin filming early next year. The show is based on Robert Kirkman and follows a group of people who are trying to survive a zombie apocalypse.
As for Grimes, the network has revealed that part one of the film series will pick up from where 'The Walking Dead' season nine left off. He was last seen in episode five of the season where he escapes on a helicopter and is badly injured. The episode was pretty intense and we aren't really told where is he flying off to. The films will reportedly continue from "what he faces in a new corner of the zombie apocalypse".
David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios said in a statement announcing the expansion, "For many years, fans have talked about things in the apocalypse they want to see and now we have an opportunity to explore those stories, beginning with the character who started it all, Rick Grimes."
Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple, who was the producer of the series, will not only executive produce the films but write them as well. "We have a lot on the horizon — starting with a new epic featuring one of the greatest leading actors in television history and one of the best people I’ve ever met," said Gimple in a press statement.
'TWD' universe will reportedly also have specials along with the films. The plots will feature characters from the series while some will be different stories altogether. Some stories will be standalone tales, while others will relate directly to characters in 'The Walking Dead' series.
"These films are going to be big evolutions of what we’ve been doing on the show, with the scope and scale of features. We’re starting with the first part of the continuing story of Rick Grimes, and there is much more on the way, featuring yet-unseen worlds of 'The Walking Dead' and faces from the show’s past, as well as new characters we hope to become favorites, told by TWD veterans and emerging voices," Gimple added, "We want to break new ground with different, distinct stories, all part of the same world that’s captured our imagination for nearly a decade of the Dead."