‘The Walking Dead’ Movie To Get “Hard R” Rating

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.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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