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The rein of Scott M. Gimple’s rein at the tiller of programming at content giant AMC has begun by announcing the first projects in development for The Walking Dead Universe.
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The chief content officer has unveiled A series of AMC Studios Original Films, starring The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln and which he has written. The films will continue the story of lead character Rick Grimes, played by Lincoln, who in the last instalment of the hit series was mortally wounded and last seen being flown away by helicopter to an unknown destination. The first film — expected to begin production as early as 2019 — will explore the story of where Rick is taken and what he faces in a new corner of the zombie apocalypse.

In other parts of Gimple’s multi-year plan for The Walking Dead Universe, there are other projects currently in development, including additional films, specials, series and digital content . Some of the stories will relate to The Walking Dead as fans know it while others will be standalone stories that are said to break into new creative territory.

“We have a lot on the horizon – starting with a new epic featuring one of the greatest leading actors in television history and one of the best people I’ve ever met,” Gimple revealed. “These films are going to be big evolutions of what we’ve been doing on the show, with the scope and scale of features. We’re starting with the first part of the continuing story of Rick Grimes, and there is much more on the way, featuring yet-unseen worlds of The Walking Dead and faces from the show’s past, as well as new characters we hope to become favourites, told by TWD veterans and emerging voices. We want to break new ground with different, distinct stories, all part of the same world that’s captured our imagination for nearly a decade of the Dead.”

“We believe this is a world and narrative with many possibilities and opportunities for character development and we’re excited to expand the series into a franchise that can live across multiple formats,” added David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “For many years, fans have talked about things in the apocalypse they want to see and now we have an opportunity to explore those stories, beginning with the character who started it all, Rick Grimes.”