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‘The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira Tease New Rick Grimes Series – Deadline

Longtime The Walking Dead cast members Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira wowed followers at Comic-Con on Friday with a shock look at Hall H—teasing an upcoming restricted sequence that may wrap up story arcs for his or her respective characters of Rick Grimes and Michonne.

The newest TWD spinoff will current an epic love story of two characters modified by a modified world. Kept aside by distance. By an unstoppable energy. By the ghosts of who they have been. Rick and Michonne are thrown into one other world, constructed on a warfare towards the useless… And in the end, a warfare towards the living. Can they discover one another and who they have been in a spot and state of affairs in contrast to any they’ve ever recognized earlier than? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims? Victors? Without one another, are they even alive — or will they discover that they, too, are the Walking Dead? The Walking Dead Universe’s Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple will function showrunner for the sequence, with Lincoln and Gurira as EPs. The present is ready to launch with six episodes subsequent year.

Originally, the plan was to wrap up Rick’s story in a standalone movie at Universal. Sources say the studio had been speaking to Craig Zobel to direct. But Lincoln confirmed right now that these plans have been shelved with the community now closing his story on this new sequence. “I can’t wait to get my cowboy boots back on,” he stated.

Nearing the tip of its eleventh and ultimate season, The Walking Dead is the primary sequence in a post-apocalyptic zombie franchise, based mostly on Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard’s comedian books of the identical title, which watches as survivors of an apocalyptic occasion grapple with an nearly fixed risk of assaults from zombies known as “walkers,” amidst a collapsed civilization.

Lincoln’s character is a Sheriff who led the present’s pack of survivors for its first 9 seasons. He’s presumed useless by members of his clan as of Season 9’s fifth episode “What Comes After,” after blowing up a bridge with dynamite to stave off hordes of walkers, and whereas he subsequently disappears, we be taught that he has, the truth is, survived, as he helicopters off with Anne (Pollyanna McIntosh) and her allies.

Gurira’s Michonne is a katana-wielding survivor first launched in Season 3 who joins Grimes’ group and ultimately falls for him, turning into a surrogate mom to his youngsters. The character final appeared in Season 10, setting off to search out Rick after studying that he could have survived his close to mortal Season 9 harm.

“This is a moment fans of The Walking Dead have been waiting for since Rick disappeared in the helicopter early in season nine, and Michonne journeyed away on a quest to find him the following season,” stated Dan McDermott, president of leisure and AMC Studios for AMC Networks. “What a great surprise for the fans at this final 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 continue the stories of so many iconic and fan-favorite TWD characters.”

“Rick and Michonne are two of my favorite people and Danai and Andy are two of my favorite people,” stated Gimple in an announcement. “Working with all of them continues to be a dream come true. The three of us, along with a terrific team of TWD all stars and incredible new voices, are crafting an insane love epic worth the long, long wait.”

Said Lincoln in his assertion: “This has been the most extraordinary journey playing Rick Grimes for the best part of a decade. The friendships I’ve made along the way are deep and lasting, so it’s fitting that I finally get to complete the story with Danai and Scott and the rest of the TWD family. I’m so excited to be returning to the screen as Rick, reuniting with Danai as Michonne, and bringing the fans an epic love story to add to the Walking Dead Universe.”

Added Gurira: “Michonne and this TWD family has meant so much to me, and to continue the journey of these beloved characters, alongside Scott and Andy, both creatively and in front of the camera, and bringing The Walking Dead fans something truly special is just glorious. I can’t wait to pick up the katana again.”

Lincoln and Gurira have been in San Diego right now for the ultimate Hall H bow of The Walking Dead, which returns for its ultimate set of eight episodes this fall, after greater than a decade on the air. Other initiatives within the works at current, as expansions of The Walking Dead Universe, embody a Europe-set spinoff centered on Reedus’ Daryl, and the offshoot Isle of the Dead, which has Morgan and Lauren Cohan reprising their respective roles as Negan and Maggie. Both are scheduled to premiere in 2023. 

Lincoln is repped by CAA, Range Media Partners and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Gurira by Suskin/Karshan Management, UTA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

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