Even after seven seasons, AMC’s megahit ‘The Walking Dead’ still brings in amazing numbers. The season premiere, for instance, had about 17 million people watching. While some network shows scramble to garner even a few million viewers, “The Walking Dead” proves to be one of the biggest hits to ever hit television. So the question immediately turns to “will there ever be a “Walking Dead” movie?” Cinema Blend talks about what EP and showrunner Scott Gimple had to say about that.
“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.”
While not committing to anything, it’s probably a topic that continues to come up every once in awhile in production meetings. With audiences clamoring for every bit of the show, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the ticket sales through the roof, making AMC even more money than what it’s making now, and you’d think that would be overly appealing to the studio execs.
“The Walking Dead” follows a group of survivors of the zombie apocalypse through several years, first in Atlanta, Georgia to their current place of residence, the walled-off city of Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington D.C. While earlier tales focused on the struggle against the walking corpses, the show has moved to show the dangers of humans, who can be the real monsters.
“The Walking Dead” regularly pushes the boundaries of what can be seen on television with an M-rating. Gore, violence, and language permeate every episode, and parenting groups have been complaining about the mature content for years. The transition to an R-rated movie version would be smooth and probably never miss a beat. Even more brutality and blood-soaked trials and tribulations could be rendered on a screen that would have even fewer restrictions than the current incarnation of the show.
With Robert Kirkman’s comic book, from which the show is based, still ongoing, there wouldn’t be a shortage of storylines they could pull from. They could even strike out on their own and follow another group of survivors, or cover events during their struggles that the show hadn’t covered. AMC launched a spin-off show “Fear the Walking Dead” in 2015, which just concluded its second season, so the possibilities in this world are unlimited.
How would you feel about a film version of “The Walking Dead?” should it stick to its comic and television versions? Should they move forward with the idea, we’ll be right there to tell you all about it.
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