The Walking Dead Movies

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Pollyanna McIntosh, who starred as Jadis-slash-Anne on The Walking Dead before absconding with a gravely injured Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in a helicopter midway through Season Nine, says “things are in process” on the trilogy of Rick-led television movies being overseen by chief content officer Scott Gimple.

Appearing at Fan Fest San Jose over the weekend, McIntosh said she can “be very clear in assuming” her involvement in the movies after admitting in November she knew little about the closely guarded project.

“We’re going to see where Rick is, so she would be there,” McIntosh said, adding she hopes to be involved. “Things are in process right now, it’s exciting. I’m not ready to leave her behind yet.”

McIntosh noted last month she’s yet to see a script, but the actress appears to have some idea of where the story is headed, saying at Fan Fest there will come “more of an understanding of the community that [the helicopter group] came from and that I’m going to with them.”

Gimple previously told EW Lincoln will not be returning to the television series and that Anne would be involved with at least the first movie in the planned trilogy as she was aboard the helicopter now being piloted to parts unknown.

The movie will detail the “vast mythology” behind the well-equipped helicopter group and will bring with it answers about the “A” and “B” classification, used on Rick, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam). That same group was responsible for the disappearance of the MIA Heath (Corey Hawkins), who was last seen in Season Seven episode “Swear.”

The mystery surrounding the helicopter community that ultimately took off with Rick — now believed dead for six years on The Walking Dead, where he’s mourned by brother Daryl (Norman Reedus), lover Michonne (Danai Gurira), and children Judith (Cailey Fleming) and R.J. (Antony Azor) — is a plot that has been quietly unfolding for years, mapped out by Gimple as a means of writing out Lincoln without killing off Rick Grimes.

“He was a little secretive, even with [the writers’ room], about what it was. He did let me in on some of it at some point last year,” showrunner Angela Kang told THR.

“We went into this season with a pretty good knowledge about the intention behind the helicopter and where it would lead.”

It leads to that first Rick Grimes movie, now being eyed for a 2019 production start.

“I am extremely hard at work on the first one right now, and most likely filming next year, though I’m freaking out about deadlines right now, so I’m not going to tell you exactly when because it will only make me pass out,” Gimple told EW.

Gimple added the movies would come “sooner than later,” noting the films would not be made on “television schedules.”

“This is going to be on feature schedules, and they’re going to be big, so they’re going to take a minute to make,” he said.
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He says they will be coming sooner than later, and then basically says they will be big so will take long to make. If they take care these films could be great.
I would expect in a film format they make the stories fast moving. No time for slow moving episodes. Though with a trilogy planned you never know.
 

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The Walking Dead creator and series executive producer Robert Kirkman is “heavily involved” with the Andrew Lincoln-led Rick Grimes television movie trilogy, chief content officer Scott Gimple told the New York Times.

The series of films, the first of which will be penned by Gimple, are “not just longer episodes,” Gimple said, adding the films will tell an original Rick Grimes story and feature heftier production values when compared to the ongoing television show.

Lincoln, who had a say in how his exit from the show after eight-and-a-half seasons was handled, suggested the first film could in part be inspired by a film “greatly” admired by the star: 1992 Clint Eastwood western Unforgiven.

“There’s something about Eastwood, who he is as a gunslinger, as an iconic kind of American hero, rolling around in pig swill at the beginning of the movie,” Lincoln said.

“You know what he’s capable of, and I thought the idea of a character that the audience knows and has lived with — and who has oscillated between psycho and father for nine years — to start in a completely different place, was a really interesting, crazy place to begin. I want to know why we keep seeing helicopters flying around. What’s going on? What have the grown-ups been doing while we’ve been scrambling around in the dirt?”

Asked if his “grown-ups” comment indicated the involvement of the government or some other far-reaching structure, Lincoln elected to keep quiet.

“I’m not going to say any more than that,” he said. “I don’t want to give away — well, I don’t know the story actually, so I can’t give anything away.”

McIntosh, who said in November she had yet to see a script, previously admitted she knows little about the top-secret project but expects the movie to bring “more of an understanding of the community that [the helicopter group] came from and that I’m going to with them.”

Gimple previously teased the first movie will explore the “vast mythology” behind the helicopter group that absconded with a wounded Rick Grimes in Lincoln’s Season Nine sendoff episode, bringing with it answers surrounding the ‘A’ and ‘B’ classification system used to identify Rick, Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

“It is really important for the audience to know that we are going to be continuing to tell the story of Rick Grimes in these AMC Studios original films. We don’t want this thing to be like, ‘Oh, well, he’ll be back on the show any moment now.’ We are telling Rick’s story in another medium, and it’s going to be these AMC Studios original films,” Gimple told EW after confirming Lincoln will not be returning to the mothership show.

“They’re going to be on AMC, most probably. They’re centered around Rick Grimes. We’re going to tell the story of what happens after that helicopter flight, and these are going to be big, epic entertainments.”

AMC is aiming for a 2019 production start for the first Walking Dead movie, which has yet to receive a release window from the network.
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Interesting. I don't remember the A and B classification being mentioned in regards to Negan. In the TV series anyway.
Also they say they are probably going to be on AMC. So that implies they don't think there is enough interest (or budget?) for a cinema release? You don't usually see a lot of publicity for a TV movie.
 

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The Walking Dead universe appears to be getting one of its most beloved characters back, in some form. Abraham Ford is apparently coming back to the AMC universe after actor Michael Cudlitz teased as much during a recent interview, having exited The Walking Dead in its Season Seven premiere back in 2017.

"The show has sort of laid out in its history is through flashbacks and origin stories There's still characters on the show that were very close with Abraham that he had history with," Cudlitz said on Strahan and Sara. "We could very easily go back."

However, Cudlitz went into further detail, teasing more specifically how fans can expect to see him in the role of Abraham Ford, once again. "They're also doing other movies that are gonna move in time, go back in time, go forward in time, and I believe pair up characters that weren't necessarily paired up in the graphic novels," Cudlitz said. While he was certainly (and probably contractually) beating around any definitive reveal, the actor offered one vague but encouraging conclusion: "A strong, subtle yes. Very, very possible."

Cudlitz first appeared on The Walking Dead in its fourth season, debuting alongside Josh McDermitt and Christian Serratos. Both cast members remain on the show today as Eugene Porter and Rosita Espinosa. Cudlitz is currently starring on ABC's The Kids Are Alright and returned to The Walking Dead in its current season to direct his first episode.

With a trio of Rick Grimes movies on the way, AMC is also in active development on more The Walking Dead spinoff shows and more films which will involve characters from both The Walking Dead and its sibling series Fear the Walking Dead. As previously reported by ComicBook.com, it's possible fans get to see Cudlitz star in a film alongside Fear the Walking Dead's Ruben Blades as his Daniel Salazar character. This seems consistent with Cudlitz's comments regarding pairing characters who were not paired in Robert Kirkman's graphic novels.
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I put this here, because the helicopter group is going to be in the movies, but Maggie is going to appear with the helicopter people in Fear. Maybe.

The absences of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan) will continue to have a presence in The Walking Dead Season Ten, reveals showrunner Angela Kang.

Asked about the unidentified voice that came over Eugene’s (Josh McDermitt) long-range radio in the last seconds of the Season Nine closer, Kang told Deadline: “What does that mean? Who is it? The answer to that will provide some interesting twists for the story going forward.”

Rick is presumed dead, having disappeared six years earlier in a bridge explosion, while Maggie is off helping Georgie (Jayne Atkinson) with a new community. The coming series of Rick Grimes movies will explore what happened after Jadis-slash-Anne (Pollyanna McIntosh) flew away with Rick aboard a helicopter, while Maggie could reappear in Season Ten or elsewhere.

“Obviously, the idea is that Rick and Maggie and all these people are alive in our universe,” Kang said. “That’s part of the thing for our characters who don’t have full closure on Rick. That is something that remains an open question and may play into the story going forward in certain ways.”

Because Walking Dead chief content officer Scott Gimple previously confirmed Lincoln will not be returning to the television show, Kang could be hinting that “open question” is tied to the “significant” and “giant” story planned for Michonne (Danai Gurira) in Season Ten, set to be Gurira’s last.

Gurira’s “handful” of remaining episodes will be interspersed throughout that season, making it likely Gurira segues into the Walking Dead movies. The first film, penned by Gimple, is expected to reach network AMC sometime in 2020, the same year the second-half of Season Ten will be aired.

Gimple also hinted there could be a tie-in with the helicopter group behind Rick’s abduction in the coming fifth season of spinoff Fear the Walking Dead when he revealed at WonderCon a story first seen in The Walking Dead will carry over into Fear, further tying the two shows together.

And what about Cohan, whose ABC spy action-comedy Whiskey Cavalier looks to be on the verge of cancellation?

“Maggie is somebody we still hope will come back,” Kang said, having long engaged in talks with the Maggie Rhee star. “We don’t know if, when that all happens and how, but the fact is the world is opening up a little bit in our show and people are far flung. There’s a sense now that there are places other than the one place they know exists.”

Like the snow-covered Season Nine finale, a first for the zombie drama, The Walking Dead aims to keep surprising viewers.

“You know, I hope what fans took something out of the fact that we did a snow episode nine seasons in,” Kang said.

“It’s a way of showing, among other things, that we still have some new things that we can try on the show and new things to show. You know, I don’t always want to do the expected thing or the thing that we’ve seen. We still have creative avenues that we will continue to explore in the 10th season which we’re really excited about.”
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