Rick Grimes is far from finished with The Walking Dead, and will be featuring in a range of new TWD Films.
Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes in all the nine seasons of TWD, and who survived his highly anticipated final episode, has signed on to continue taking on his character in multiple feature-length movies based around the iconic TV series.
In a series of AMC Studios Original Films, written by TWD chief content officer Scott Gimple, Grimes’ story will continue to play out. The production of the first installment is slated to begin in 2019.
According to AMC, the first film will explore exactly where Rick is taken, and what he faces in a new corner of the zombie apocalypse.
David Madden, president of original programming for AMC today stated: “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.”
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It’s not the only project in development for The Walking Dead Universe, with Gimple set to roll out a multi-year plan involving films, specials, series, and other vaguely described “digital content.” Some stories are rumored to be standalone tales, while others will relate directly to characters in The Walking Dead TV series.
Gimple recently stated: “The story of Rick will go on in films. Right now, we’re working on three but there’s flexibility in that. … Over the next several years, we’re going to be doing specials, new series are quite a possibility, high-quality digital content and then some content that defies description at the moment. We’re going to dig into the past and see old characters. We’re going to introduce new characters and new situations.”
“We have a lot on the horizon — starting with a new epic featuring one of the greatest leading actors in tv series history, and one of the best people I’ve ever met,” said Gimple. “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 and AMC have yet to announce release dates for the projects.