[Warning: This post contains spoilers for those not caught up on The Walking Dead]
One of the most popular shows on network television for the last few years has been The Walking Dead. With the heroes trapped in a zombie apocalypse, dealing with constant power struggles within the group, and antagonists, the show has continued to evolve and remain a beloved program. The seventh season has only just begun, finally showing that Glenn and Abraham were on the receiving end of Negan’s mighty swings. As the show moves forward, there will surely be more deaths and new characters that are introduced and if the quality remains the same, then there is no end in sight for the success of the series.
As a matter of fact, The Walking Dead has already been renewed for an eighth season, but even then, it is believed to continue well past that point. When the series does eventually come to an end, is it possible that the story could be retold on the big screen? It appears so according to the showrunner.
Scott Gimple has been the showrunner for The Walking Dead since 2011 and helped craft the story that has so far been played out. Even though there is no shortage of viewers right now, Gimple told ComicBook that he believes theater goers could one day see The Walking Dead as a movie. He said:
That question comes up every now and again. I’m sure one way or another, one day, it’ll happen. I think it would be cool.
The idea of The Walking Dead making a big screen appearance would absolutely draw a crowd, but fans of the show may not see the same cast return. In Gimple’s proposed reboot, he joked, William Shatner and Edward James Olmos would be two of the leads:
William Shatner as Rick. We’ll get Edward James Olmos as Daryl. Hit all the big shows! Matthew Fox as the Governor!
It will be interesting to see at some point down the road if The Walking Dead gets a big screen adaptation, but for right now it has a great home on AMC. The show has generated a passionate and loyal fanbase for which to please, and having people other than Andrew Lincoln or Norman Reedus as Rick and Daryl could turn some people away from the idea.
However, it is interesting that Gimple’s immediate reaction was to discuss a reboot of the series. If The Walking Dead continues to draw in between 10-15 million viewers each episode, putting the finale on the big screen would make all parties involved a ton of money. Both Game of Thrones and Sherlock have put episodes in theaters before, and Marvel just announced that The Inhumans series will debut in IMAX as well. There is a precedent for series having special episodes shown in theaters, and given the popularity that The Walking Dead has, it would not be too surprising if something of this nature did happen.
The Walking Dead continues Sunday November 20th @9pm on AMC.