With AMC hyping up Andrew Lincoln’s last episode on The Walking Dead TV series, fans thought it would be the last time they would see the actor’s popular character, Rick Grimes. But the network has different plans, as they are now developing three The Walking Dead movies that will star Andrew Lincoln and air on AMC.
Last night’s episode saw Rick Grimes going through a series of hallucinations that featured visits from former characters Shane (Jon Bernthal), Hershel (the late Scott Wilson), and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green). When the character was awake, he was leading the zombies to a bridge, which he blew up to save his friends and family. Grimes was then found by Jadis/Anne, who in turn saved him by taking him to an unknown place with the helicopter.
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EW spoke to chief content officer Scott M. Gimple about the planned Walking Dead movies. “It is really important for the audience to know that we are going to be continuing to tell the story of Rick Grimes in these AMC Studios original films,” he said. “We don’t want this thing to be like, ‘Oh, well, he’ll be back on the show any moment now.’ We are telling Rick’s story in another medium, and it’s going to be these AMC Studios original films. They’re going to be on AMC, most probably. They’re centered around Rick Grimes. We’re going to tell the story of what happens after that helicopter flight, and these are going to be big, epic entertainments.”
He added they are working hard on the first movie, which will likely film next year and will take a while to make, as it will be more like a feature film. It won’t be filmed in Georgia, however. “He’s flying off in a helicopter, away from Virginia, and it’s going to be a new world — a very new situation with its own history, and very, very different from what we’ve seen before.” He also mentioned that Jadis/Anne is going to be moving over to the movie franchise.
Gimple said that the three Walking Dead movies featuring Rick Grimes might not be all they are doing. “We are talking about a trilogy for this Rick Grimes story. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the only Rick Grimes stories we’re ever going to tell, and also they’re probably not going to be the only movies that we tell. The Rick Grimes story, of course, is the biggest thing that we’re doing right off the bat, but we’re going to be doing a number of different Walking Dead things over the next few years. A universe of stuff. We’re not going to release it all at once. We’re going to be putting things out over the years for maximum effect. We don’t want to overwhelm folks with it.”
EW also talked to Andrew Lincoln, who said he’s excited to put Rick Grimes in a new situation but with the knowledge of the audience about what he’s capable of. “I liked that as a starting point, and I thought, well, this is interesting if you’ve got an audience that knows this character, and you find him in a new place, in a new whatever that may look like, and he’s not the same guy, but you know what’s inside of him. I thought that that’s quite an interesting starting point. And it was new. It was a new idea.”
He added that he has not discussed with Gimple about what the story for The Walking Dead movies will be. “I’m available, but Scott’s rather busy doing other things, and finishing off Fear, so we haven’t quite got together yet and had that conversation. And we’re going to have to have it soon because obviously I believe we’re going into production next year. So, no is the short version, I guess I’m saying, but I’m hoping to find out very soon.”
In related news, The Walking Dead series itself is making a time jump six years ahead and AMC has released a preview for the next three episodes. Episode 9.06 is described as follows: “The Survivors encounter unfamiliar faces outside the safety of their community’s walls and must decide whether or not this new group can be trusted.”
You can watch the preview and the first scene below!
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead reigns the number one drama on television among adults 18-49 for the last six seasons. The series is executive produced by chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner Angela Kang, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse and Denise Huth.