The audience for AMC’s The walking Dead is huge. Bigger even than the shambling multitude of corpses that chase its protagonists around our screens every Sunday night. Now that the show has earned its well-deserved eighth season renewal, there’s no reason to think that the end is in anywhere near in sight. The story of the intrepid band of beleaguered survivors battling undead hordes can’t be contained in a paltry eight seasons. In fact, as Show runner Scott Gimple recently hinted, It can’t even be contained by the small screen.
Showrunner since 2011, Gimple has visions of a Walking Dead that makes the difficult transition to cinema. In a recent interview, 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.”
He even laid out a couple of casting choices for us, although we suspect he may not have been being entirely serious:
“William Shatner as Rick. We’ll get Edward James Olmos as Daryl. Hit all the big shows! Matthew Fox as the Governor!”
We dread to think of the riots that would ensue should Daryl be recast with anyone but Norman Reedus, but goddamn would we like to see Shatner taking on some walkers.
Regularly scooping up enough viewers to dominate Sunday night ratings, a big screen adaptation of The Walking Dead wouldn’t only be a shrewd financial move, it frankly seems kind of inevitable. what isn’t set in stone, though, is what form a Walking Dead movie would take. Gimple’s joking comments imply a reboot for the franchise, which is sure to put noses out of joint among the shows’ loyal and devoted fanbase. Following in the footsteps of shows like Sherlock and Game of Thrones and putting your season finale into theaters seems like a much safer bet.
Gimple’s comments only serve to confirm what we’ve all suspected for a long time: With The Walking Dead consistently pulling in around 10-15 million viewers per episode, a feature length iteration is as sure as Daryl’s aim with a crossbow. The story of The Walking Dead did a stellar Job making the leap from the pages of Robert Kirkman‘s epic comic creation and onto the small screen. We hope it won’t stumble as it makes its next leap into a cinema near us.