Hope “Springs” Eternal For ‘The Walking Dead’ Movie

Fans have waited a long time for the promised The Walking Dead film and now, with the horror that has been 2020 finally winding down, their patience is being rewarded.

Word came down this week, as reported by syfy.com, that the first installment in a planned trilogy of The Walking Dead feature film adventures will start filming–if all goes well and COVID-19 doesn’t rear its ugly head on a greater scale–in the spring of 2021.

And those movies–which will spotlight the return of Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln)–will indeed be theatrical events. The movies originally were planned as AMC original films, but now it’s known that AMC Network, Skybound Entertainment and Universal Pictures will team up to bring the films to the big screen.

Lincoln–whose Grimes character hasn’t been seen since Season 9 of the long-running TV series–said he’s optimistic about production starting up in a few months. “It does feel like there is a certain sense of positivity and the cavalry’s coming with the vaccines,” he said. “And there’s a real sort of sense of a renewal–hopefully.”

The film–the brainchild of series creator Robert Kirkman and chief content officer Scott M. Gimple–is expected to discover Grimes alive and well and being taken to “a human encampment that aims to find a cure for the zombie problem.” As might be expected, there will be “interpersonal conflicts the comic book and TV series are known for”, and scientists with “a mad side” will engage in experiments with “unwilling human subjects.”

If the filming comes off as planned, the film may well be on its way to theaters in 2022, which will fold in well with the TV show’s 11th and final season. The Walking Dead on AMC will continue Season 10 Feb. 28 with six extra episodes, and the second half of the Fear The Walking Dead spinoff also is planned for early 2021. In addition, The Walking Dead: World Beyond reportedly returns next year for its second and final season.

Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on The Walking Dead Universe–both on the big and small screen.

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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