Multiple back-to-back panels for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” have just been held at San Diego Comic Con, with the biggest news being that the previously announced trio of films based on the property will not be telemovies – instead they’re going to cinemas.
A 24-second teaser featured the helicopter, last seen carrying a near-death Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), flying off towards a city with the text “Rick Grimes Returns: Only in theaters”. A tweet from the show’s official account confirmed it, adding that the first of these untitled Walking Dead movies will be distributed by Universal Pictures. No release date has yet been determined.
Lincoln departed the flagship AMC drama during the ninth season with plans to reprise his role as the beleaguered former sheriff in three telemovies and AMC began the search for a financial partner to co-release the project. That has turned out to be Universal who are going to the cinemas with them.
As previously announced, former showrunner Scott Gimple is working on a multi-year plan for the franchise which includes additional films, specials, series, digital content and more. Some will relate to the show, others will be standalone stories that break into new creative territory.