Shortly following Sunday's "What Comes After" episode of The Walking Dead, which series star Andrew Lincoln and AMC had said would be the actor's last episode, the network announced a series of spin-off films for his Rick Grimes character overseen by former showrunner-turned-CCO Scott M. Gimple to begin production in 2019.
"In Lincoln’s final appearance on the hit series The Walking Dead, the character of Rick Grimes is mortally wounded and last seen being flown away by helicopter to an unknown destination," reads AMC's announcement. "The first film will explore the story of where Rick is taken and what he faces in a new corner of the zombie apocalypse."
“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,” said Gimple. “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 favorites, 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.”
AMC has not specified if these movies would debut on AMC, be released theatrically, or through other means.