Scott Gimple Says a Walking Dead Movie Will Happen

Friday, 18 November 2016 - 1:04PM
The Walking Dead
Friday, 18 November 2016 - 1:04PM
Scott Gimple Says a Walking Dead Movie Will Happen
It's generally accepted that zombies stopped being cool about five years ago, when we hit critical zombie saturation in books, games and movies. Fortunately, no one told that to The Walking Dead or its 12 million fans, who still tune in in record numbers each week and take bets on who's going to bite the dust next (better payouts if you can guess which body parts will be severed!). With comic book TV series like the Inhumans crossing over into IMAX theaters and the tradition of ending popular series with a big feature movie (think The X-Files), fans may be wondering if there will ever be a Walking Dead movie. Scott Gimple, producer for the show, says it's very likely:

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"That question comes up every now and again," Gimple said. "I'm sure one way or another, one day, it'll happen. I think it would be cool."
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Looking at how Hollywood and the TV world generally operates (SPINOFFS! REMAKES! REBOOTS! REVIVALS!), Scott may be right on the money. The Walking Dead is one of the most popular and lucrative TV shows of its generation and if it's possible to get a movie out of it, producers and writers will be trying their best to pull it off. Who would star in it? Gimple has some "ideas":

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William Shatner as Rick. We'll get Edward James Olmos as Daryl. Hit all the big shows!" Gimple joked about a potential reboot on the big screen. "Matthew Fox as the Governor!
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We may not even have to wait until the series is over—with the aforementioned Inhumans, the line between the small screen and the silver screen is starting to blur. We could be looking forward to a "special feature event", like the Negan finale, where a movie bridges the gap between two seasons or spans a major event, like the Whisperer War. Of course, a finale movie that closes out the series makes the most sense—as we've mentioned before, Robert Kirkman knows how he's going to end the comics, but he won't tell AMC the ending he has in mind. That means AMC won't be bound to Kirkman's script, and makes it easier to create a movie that ties up all the TV-specific loose ends.

Bottom line: the smart bets are that there will be a Walking Dead feature film at some point, that it will kill all the characters that you personally like, and that Robert Kirkman will continue falling asleep on giant piles of money in his zombie-proof death fortress.

The Walking Dead airs on Sundays at 9/8C on AMC.
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