Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead, is leaving the show, but he’s not done playing his character in the wider universe. According to EW, AMC is working on multiple new Walking Dead movies, and Lincoln is set to play Grimes in at least one of them.
Walking Dead chief content officer Scott Gimple told EW that AMC Studios is producing the movies for TV, not theaters, and they’re “most probably” going to air on AMC.
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The final episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead featuring Lincoln aired tonight, and in it, Grimes barely survives a series of dramatic events. The new movies are focused on Grimes, and they’ll pick up after we last saw him on the TV show.
“These are going to be big, epic entertainments,” Gimple said of the movies. “Each are quality films. That’s what’s been happening in the industry. We’ve seen Netflix make these, basically, studio films for people to watch in their homes, and we’re going to be doing the same sort of thing here.”
Gimple went on to say that he is “extremely hard at work” on the first of the new Walking Dead movies; it should start filming in 2019, though nothing is locked in at this stage.
The new Rick Grimes movies will take place in a “very new situation with its own history” that is “very, very different from what we’ve seen before” on The Walking Dead, Gimple said.
The character Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh), who is on the helicopter with Grimes, is also going to be in the new Walking Dead films, Gimple said.
In a press release, Gimple explained that the movies will tell an “epic story told over years.”
In addition to the films, there will be other specials and digital series starring characters who may have died on the TV show. “You’re going to see characters that are dead and gone…we’re going to see different stories of future characters…we’re going to see all around the world. We’re going to see the past, the future…”
For lots more on tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead and what it all might mean, check out GameSpot’s in-depth rundown and analysis here.
In addition to the new Walking Dead movies, Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season is getting finished by a new studio after Telltale fell apart, while Payday developer Overkill Software is working on a new Walking Dead shooter.