The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira Tease New Rick Grimes Series – Deadline
Long duration The Walking Dead Cast members Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira wowed fans at Comic-Con on Friday with a surprise appearance at Hall H, teasing an upcoming limited series that will conclude the story arcs of their respective characters Rick Grimes and Michonne.
The last TWD spinoff will present an epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world. Separated by distance. By unstoppable power. By the ghosts of who they were. Rick and Michonne are thrown into another world, built on a war against the dead… And ultimately, a war against the living. Can they find themselves and who they were in a place and situation they’ve never known before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims ? Winners? Without each other, are they even alive – or will they discover that they too are the walking dead? The Walking Dead Universe Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple will serve as showrunner for the series, with Lincoln and Gurira serving as the EP. The show is expected to launch with six episodes next year.
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Originally, the plan was to wrap up Rick’s story in a standalone movie at Universal. Sources say the studio had spoken to Craig Zobel to direct. But Lincoln confirmed today that those plans have been scrapped, with the network now shutting down its story in this new series. “I can’t wait to get my cowboy boots back on,” he said.
Towards the end of its eleventh and final season, The Walking Dead is the first series in a post-apocalyptic zombie franchise, based on the comic books of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, which shows the survivors of an apocalyptic event grappling with an almost constant threat of zombie attacks called “walkers”, in the midst of a collapsed civilization.
Lincoln’s character is a sheriff who led the show’s group of survivors for its first nine seasons. He is presumed dead by members of his clan as of the fifth episode of season 9 “What Comes After”, after blowing up a bridge with dynamite to ward off hordes of walkers, and as he disappears down the street. sequel, we learn that he did, in fact, survive, as he takes off in a helicopter with Anne (Pollyanna McIntosh) and her allies.
Michonne de Gurira is a katana-wielding survivor first introduced in Season 3 who joins Grimes’ group and eventually falls in love with him, becoming a surrogate mother for his children. The character last appeared in Season 10, going in search of Rick after learning that he may have survived his near-fatal injury in Season 9.
“It’s a moment for fans of The Walking Dead been waiting since Rick disappeared in the helicopter at the start of season nine, and Michonne went looking for him the following season,” said Dan McDermott, president of AMC Entertainment and Studios for AMC Networks. “What a great surprise for fans at this last Comic-Con for the series that launched this universe and made television history. We couldn’t be more excited for a truly epic series finale later this year and to see Andy and Danai return in a new series they helped create, one of three new series coming in 2023 that continues the stories of so many icons and fan-favorite TWD characters.”
“Rick and Michonne are two of my favorite people and Danai and Andy are two of my favorite people,” Gimple said in a statement. “Working with each of them continues to be a dream come true. The three of us, along with an awesome cast of TWD stars and amazing new voices, are creating an insane love epic that’s worth the long, long wait.
said Lincoln in his statement“It’s been the most amazing journey playing Rick Grimes for the better part of a decade. The friendships I’ve made along the way are deep and lasting, so it’s only fitting that I can finally finish the job. story with Danai and Scott and the rest of the TWD family. I’m so excited to return to the screen as Rick, reunite with Danai as Michonne, and bring fans an epic love story to add to the Walking Dead Universe.”
Guira added: “Michonne and that TWD family meant so much to me, and to continue the journey of these beloved characters, alongside Scott and Andy, both creatively and on camera, and bringing The Walking Dead fans something really special is simply glorious. I can’t wait to pick up the katana again.
Lincoln and Gurira were in San Diego today for the final Hall H arc of The Walking Deadwhich returns for its final run of eight episodes this fall, after more than a decade on the air. Other projects currently underway, such as expansions of The Walking Dead Universe, includes a European spin-off centered on Reedus’ Daryl, and the offshoot Isle of the Dead, in which Morgan and Lauren Cohan reprise their respective roles as Negan and Maggie. Both are slated for release in 2023.
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