The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has teased that the franchise’s upcoming Rick Grimes movie will be “very different” to the original show.
With the long-running horror series set to wrap things up for good in season 11 – which is expected to premiere sometime in the summer – the writer of the graphic novels told fans to expect more than “just some kind of expansion” when it comes to the Andrew Lincoln-fronted feature.
“You know, when you’re doing something like this you have to make sure that it makes sense for it to be a movie,” Kirkman told Comicbook.com while promoting new animated show, Invincible.
“This is something that’s gonna be very different but it’s gonna be the Rick Grimes that we all know and love.
“I’m very excited for people to finally see it when it’s released in 2032,” he joked, before noting that while The Walking Dead is “very much an ensemble story”, the film will centre solely on everyone’s favourite zombie-killing, Stetson-sporting deputy sheriff.
It’ll presumably pick up from where he was last seen, too; pre-time jump, flying off in what appeared to be a Civil Republic Army helicopter in season 9’s ‘What Comes After’, having been “kidnapped” by Jadis/Anne.
“I think being able to focus more on Rick as a character and do more with him is really cool,” Kirkman added. “I think it’s really exciting.”
“I haven’t really thought about [The Walking Dead ending] to be honest because it’s still a ways away,” he went on, noting how season 11’s 24-episode run will bleed into 2022.
“At the same time, you know, we’re already talking about the Carol and Daryl show and there’s different ways that The Walking Dead will live on. I guess concluding at season 11 in some ways isn’t really a conclusion, so I haven’t really thought about it but now you’re making me real sad.”