It looks like the highly anticipated The Walking Dead film–highlighting Rick Grimes–has a green light to start shooting this spring. And the movie reportedly will be graphic in its horror.
A report cited by comicbook.com said the film–from AMC Studios, Skybound Entertainment and Universal Pictures–will get a “hard R” rating. One might assume from that rating that the movie will contain strong horror and violence elements and/or adult language and content.
And that was also hinted at by chief content officer Scott M. Gimple recently when he said his screenplay–written with series creator Robert Kirkman–would be aimed at mature audiences ala the violent and final (at least for now) Wolverine film Logan.
Gimple said the movie has to “honor people who have invested the time in their lives and the show, but we can’t do that at the expense of inviting everybody.” Still and all, Gimple said this “crazy zombie movie” will be “for everyone,” and teased that the character fans see in the movie is “likely going to be a very different Rick” who has changed in the years since he was last seen.
This first installment of a planned trilogy will star Andrew Lincoln as Grimes, who reportedly will be found alive and well, but being taken to “a human encampment that aims to find a cure for the zombie problem.”
If all goes as planned, the film may be in theaters sometime in 2022, which should prove to be good timing–the TV series is expected to be in its 11th and final season then. The Walking Dead on AMC will continue its tenth season Feb. 28 with six extra episodes, as reported here in Horror News Network.
With no exact title (or sub-title) or release date yet announced, keep reading Horror News Network for more details on The Walking Dead movie sure to come down the pike soon.