There are no official talks for the release of a feature film of AMC's The Walking Dead, as far as we know, but according to prominent horror movie news site Bloody Disgusting, there are non-official talks, or "rumblings," among those working closely with the show's crew and AMC itself.
Bloody Disgusting's Mr. Disgusting writes:
...I have some friends working closely with “The Walking Dead” crew and AMC who confirm with me rumblings of a feature film. But before you get your panties in a bunch, we’re only in the third season of the popular zombie show – adapted from Robert Kirkman’s astounding comic book – and when I say rumblings, I strongly suggest the idea has been passed off in non-business conversations. The show was originally shopped as a feature film before it went network, so the idea of ending the series with an hour and a half feature would be exciting. But as I stated before, “24,” “Lost” and “The Sopranos” had been rumored for years, and they all failed to make the jump. Emphasis added.
Mr. Disgusting adds that "nothing is even close to official and don’t expect there to be any real talks for another few years."
The show is extremely popular, and already has a cinematic quality to it. It's hard to imagine that it could not easily make the transition to the big screen. Zombie movies in general are also quite popular (some more than others). That very fact, combined with the popularity of the show itself, should make a feature film, if timed right, a pretty big hit. Probably not Avengers big, but certainly big as zombie movies go.
On that note about timing, as Mr. Disgusting reminds us, both the X-Files and Sex And The City made relatively successful transitions to the big screen. Two features of the latter came out after the show itself was already over. The fist X-Files film, however, came out right in the middle of the popular show's 9-season run. I wonder if a Walking Dead feature would be better timed sooner rather than later, while it's still generating a great deal of buzz.
That buzz, by the way, is in full effect for the upcoming season, which starts in October. AMC is catering to the buzz with the launch of a Walking Dead Facebook game. A deleted scene from the second season is also making the rounds.
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