Scott Gimple talks about The Walking Dead Rick Grimes films

Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) - The Walking Dead - Season 2, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) - The Walking Dead - Season 2, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

Finally fans get some information about the Rick Grimes-based The Walking Dead films from Scott Gimple, and it sounds like they’ll be worth the wait.

If it feels like forever since fans of The Walking Dead have gotten any Rick Grimes updates, that’s probably because it’s been over a year now since the character left the show. Information about the trio of films based on him has been limited, and the only real hint fans have gotten was the teaser trailer released over the summer.

Check out the teaser trailer for The Walking Dead films here:

Recently, Scott Gimple gave an extended interview to Entertainment Weekly and talked a little more about the films and the expanded world that is being created for those films. In the interview, Gimple confirmed that there will be at least three films, although he didn’t say only three films. Presumably, if the films do well, they would be open to doing more of them. He also said that no director has been tapped for the feature-length first installment yet.

As far as information about the actual filming of the movie, Gimple was predictably vague. He said that most of the last year has been spent on research and development as the production and writing teams craft a bigger storyline and create a much larger world for the new adventures of Rick Grimes.

Gimple did say that everything that Rick has gone through was preparing him for the things he will face in the larger world, so it’s safe to assume that Rick’s entry into the world of CRM and the expanded TWD universe isn’t going to go smoothly. He said that they have been refining the script for the film, which could indicate that the script is finished.

Theatrical release only

During the interview, Gimple confirmed that the movies will be released only in theaters. In the past, there have been some special events where an episode of the show was shown as a theatrical one-off, where fans got to see the episode early and then it was available to stream online in a day or two. That’s not going to happen with the films.

All of the films will debut in the theater and then will be available for On Demand or streaming later on — the way that most films these days are. He said that the expanded length and the expanded theatrical budget means that they can create some big and intense storylines for Rick Grimes, which is only fitting for The Walking Dead’s mythic antihero.

Richonne reunion?

Gimple refused to comment on the possibility of Michonne joining Rick in the larger world that’s being created. He said that Michonne’s exit arc on The Walking Dead is really special, and he doesn’t want to take attention away from that by commenting on the possibility of her having a role in the films. Hopefully, that means that there are plans to reunite Michonne and Rick at some point.

The takeaway

There is more of the interview that is yet to be revealed, where Gimple will provide more insight and information about the absolutely huge year of The Walking Dead that is coming up. But when it comes to the Rick Grimes films, they are going to create a much larger world that will push Rick Grimes into more intense story arcs and adventures that will continue to elevate the survival narrative that started so long ago with “Days Gone Bye”.

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