The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd has addressed the Rick Grimes movie delay.
News of this cinematic spin-off (there’s actually a trilogy in the works) emerged three years ago when actor Andrew Lincoln exited the flagship series, but cracking a story worthy of exploration is proving tricky.
“When the series itself has such a large scope, you have to make sure that the scope of the film matches the demands of a theatrical audience,” Hurd recently told Variety, “but also continues with the nuanced characters that people come to expect from the TV series. That’s why [it’s taking a long time].”
Back in July, director Greg Nicotero was asked when production might finally start.
“I wish I knew, and I wish I could say. I’ve read a variety of drafts of the scripts over the last few months. They’re really making sure that they get it right.
“I don’t know, because I’m always in my head going, ‘Okay, so Walking Dead is wrapping up [in season 11], but now they’re talking about all these spin-offs and all these movies and all this and all that,” he continued.
The Walking Dead will air season 11 beginning August 22, 2021 on AMC in the US. Meanwhile, UK viewers can now watch all episodes via STAR on Disney+, where season 11 will premiere on August 23.
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The Walking Dead producer says Rick Grimes movie is taking a long time due to “scope”