It turns out that AMC's The Walking Dead has been going on for almost a decade and, although the show may be nearing the end, The Walking Dead universe is lurching forward with a life of its own. Scott Gimple, the chief content officer a.k.a. the writer of the show, will be writing feature length movies based in the universe of The Walking Dead. Andrew Lincoln will be reprising his role has Rick Grimes in "multiple" instalments.

Gimple had this to say about the coming films:

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. 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.

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