While AMC’s “The Walking Dead” franchise continues to shuffle along with its original show in its tenth season and a second spin-off titled ‘World Beyond’ coming this year.
One thing we haven’t heard much about lately in regards to it is the still-untitled movie focusing on Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) who left the main show during the early part of its ninth season almost two years ago.
Former series showrunner Scott M. Gimple, who now runs the franchise’s direction overall, is the one spearheading the new film and spoke with Entertainment Weekly about how it will relate back to the main show:
“We are going to continue to tell Rick’s story, and we are going to discover so much of the world through that story. Rick will be challenged in different ways that, in some ways, everything that he’s been through has sort of prepared him for. It’s a much larger world than one that he had been operating in, and that was challenging in and of itself. Now things are heightened, and just as we’re going to the movies – and it is the movies proper, suitably widescreen – we’re going to be filling that screen with a brand new world.”
Don’t expect it soon though. Gimple tells the outlet the project is still in scripting stages and is still being worked on with a director not yet secured. He then adds:
“The scale is bigger and the budget is bigger, and it’s The Walking Dead, but heightened, both in the narrative themes, but also in just what we see onscreen. I say heightened, but I should also say it’s also very different. It’s not going to be the exact same thing we saw on television, just larger. We are going in some wild new directions.
Movies are a different beast than television. Television is like, boom, we’re done. Movies, to calibrate an hour and a half, two hours is no joke, and it’s been a lot of fun, but it’s a real challenge and we take it very seriously for the fans. We really want to deliver them something special, something worth their trip to the movies. We’re trying to be very deliberate and deliver something new.”
The project is reportedly targeting a theatrical release and hopes to reinvigorate a franchise that seen viewership suffering sharp declines in recent years.