Here’s an unexpected piece of news: Andrew Lincoln departed the main series of The Walking Dead last night, but his journey with AMC’s zombie drama brand is far from over. He’s set to star in a trilogy of movies as Rick Grimes.
“There is more story to tell and we’ll be telling it”, franchise overseer Scott M. Gimple told The Hollywood Reporter, on the topic of Andrew Lincoln’s continued adventures as Rick Grimes following his exit from The Walking Dead TV show.
Gimple added this, teasing Rick’s future: “The story of Rick will go on in films. Right now, we’re working on three but there’s flexibility in that.”
And he also said this, on the wider plans for The Walking Dead as a massive multimedia brand:
“Over the next several years, we’re going to be doing specials, new series are quite a possibility, high-quality digital content and then some content that defies description at the moment. We’re going to dig into the past and see old characters. We’re going to introduce new characters and new situations.”
Gimple is currently writing the script for the first of these Rick Grimes movies, although THR notes that the exact wheres and whens are yet to be nailed down. We don’t know where the movies will film (although Lincoln’s desire to spend more time in the UK with his family is no secret) and we don’t know the film’s release date either.
“Rick Grimes is an amazing character and Andy has done an amazing performance”, Gimple added. “There were story ideas brewing that, as the years went on, seemed very compatible with continuing to tell the Rick story in another format that would allow him time with his family.”
As we hear more about these films, and all the other TWD projects, we’ll be sure to let you know.