The Walking Dead remains one of the most popular shows on television seven seasons into its run. Even episodes that caused many people to claim they are going to stop watching are met with record audiences. Because of this amazing popularity, ComicBook reports that showrunner Scott Gimple believes there will one day be a Walking Dead movie.
When asked about the possibility of a movie in the interview with the website, Gimple joked about replacing the current cast with major stars like William Shatner (Star Trek), Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), and Matthew Fox (Lost). However, he seemed serious about the possibility of a Walking Dead movie.
“That question comes up every now and again. I’m sure one way or another, one day, it’ll happen. I think it would be cool.”
Of course, the idea of a Walking Dead movie would likely be rejected by most fans. The best thing about the show is the episodic quality, watching the characters grow, develop, and in some cases, die. A movie is more of a snapshot into people’s lives.
Of course, as it was proven when Glenn and Abraham died this season, fans often don’t like to see characters they have fallen in love with for up to six seasons dying. A person dying one hour into a movie is not quite as traumatic.
However, as the site pointed out, the viewership of the TV show sits at over 11 million viewers and it will keep running as long as people are still watching. That doesn’t rule out the possibility of a Walking Dead movie based on the continuation of the TV show, or possibly a side journey not shown on the show.
A movie is something that Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, thinks would be very cool. The Wrap reported that Lincoln, in an interview with the Inquirer, showed enthusiasm for the idea.
“That would be amazing. It’s something we’ve been talking about and dreamt of… What would be amazing is that you can play with form, time and chronology and maybe also rediscover characters who are no longer in the show. Certainly, with that format, you can do something very interesting and ambitious.”
If the Walking Dead movie was something that ends up as a series-ending event, it will have to wait. There have been some failures of TV shows that tried to come back with a new story as a movie, with HBO shows like Entourage and Sex and the City as examples of where the movie failed.
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Andrew Lincoln’s idea for what The Walking Dead movie could look like is intriguing. Seeing characters that are dead and gone in stories that the TV show might have passed over is an interesting idea. However, the TV show has been tight and a movie would have to be a very interesting story, and it might be hard to explain why it wasn’t in the TV show.
A more likely idea would be to make a Walking Dead movie in the future, years after the show ends, that is just a standalone movie that is separate from the world of the TV show. Of course, the name of the show is not always enough for success in another medium such as a movie.
An example is Fear the Walking Dead, a series that takes place in the same world but with different characters on the West Coast instead of the Atlanta area. It was meant to show the start of the infection, which the main series skipped over. Ratings for that spin-off are a percent of the main series. A Walking Dead movie could face the same steep curve.
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