Given that it’s probably the biggest show on cable at the moment, it’s not surprising that AMC wants to milk The Walking Dead for as long as it can. I mean, they don’t even have an ending planned for it yet, and it’s already well into its seventh season, with an eighth one having been confirmed back in October.
So, with no end in sight, and the network claiming that it could outlive us all, it’s really no surprise to hear that at some point, the property may be headed to the big screen. That’s according to showrunner Scott M. Gimple (via ComicBook.com), who revealed that the question has come up several times now and that he’s “sure one way or another, one day, it’ll happen.”
Of course, it will likely be several years before a feature film ever comes to fruition. I suppose they could do something while the show is still on air (maybe a spinoff of some sort, which could introduce characters who eventually crossover?), but the best bet seems to be putting together a film once the series is done its run on television. Whatever the case may be, simply hearing that we’ll be getting a Walking Dead movie one day is hugely exciting.
Just think of the possibilities when it comes to the violence and language if the producers aren’t held back by the restrictions placed on them at AMC. An R-rated Walking Dead film could take things to a whole new level as far as the blood and gore go. Furthermore, Negan wouldn’t have to be so heavily censored. Fans of the comics will no doubt know that the character swears quite a bit, which is something that they’ve had to cut down on for the show.
Suffice to say, there are a plethora of reasons as to why we should be excited for a Walking Dead movie, and it’s great to hear that it’s really not a matter of “if” and more a matter of “when” at this point. Until we get more news on the project though, we’ll continue enjoying the adventures of Rick and co. on television, as they’ll continue this Sunday on AMC.