The Walking Dead is a massive franchise, which shows no signs of slowing down. The comic book was adapted for the small screen with AMC's original apocalyptic drama, and two more spinoffs have since made their way to the network. Andrew Lincoln's exit from the original show last year came with the knowledge that Rick Grimes would be getting his own solo movie– one with a full theatrical release. And now Walking Dead content chief Scott Gimple has teased the project's comic book movie inspiration: James Mangold's Logan.
Scott Gimple has had a long tenure working on The Walking Dead and its spinoffs, and that will continue with the highly anticipated Rock Grimes movie. Bringing that project to theaters seems like a bold choice, but he spoke to how it will be approached, and the inspiration taken from Logan. As he put it:
This is certainly a smart way to approach Rick’s story in the upcoming Walking Dead movie. The character was the protagonist of the series for nine season, so there is a ton of history there. But not every moviegoer will be up to date on the long-running show or the original comics (which you can catch up on here), which is why a Logan-esque approach is necessary.
Scott Gimple’s comments to THR make a great deal of sense, and shows that the folks behind The Walking Dead are being careful about how to approach the movie’s upcoming theatrical release. Balancing exposition and references to Rick’s past with his upcoming adventure with Anne aka Jade will be key to the film’s success. After all, the studio will want more than just diehard TWD fans heading to theaters if the movie is expected to make any money.
James Mangold's Logan was a refreshing departure for the superhero genre, specifically the long and somewhat convoluted X-Men franchise. Set in a dystopian future, the gritty character drama showed a Wolverine and Professor X as we'd never seen them before: vulnerable and isolated. The Oscar-nominated blockbuster largely ignored the previous movies, allowing for newcomers to be welcomed into the franchise, and feel caught up on the story. Smart money says Rick Grimes' movie does something similar when it arrives in theaters.
Of course, The Walking Dead movie will likely be a bit more connected to the canon of the series. Rick's story is long and full of pain, and that should influence how he approaches the new challenges that'll come his way. Rick is about to wake up in the zombie apocalypse for the second time, after a helicopter took him far away from Alexandria and his family.
Scott Gimple's comparison to Logan make the Rick-centric movie seem like it'll be the opposite of Netflix's Breaking Bad movie El Camino. That streaming drama was deeply connected to Jesse Pinkman's tenure on the show, and brought back countless characters from the Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul universe. It wasn't a movie that was meant for casual fans, but a love letter Breaking Bad that was truly meant for the fans.
It's currently unclear when the Rick Grimes movie will hit theaters now, although the new season of The Walking Dead is airing Sundays on AMC. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.