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Walking Dead star teases “many stories to tell” with Negan spin-off

Published: 17/Nov/2020 15:04

by Daniel Megarry

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That long-rumored Negan spin-off series? It could still happen, according to The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Negan has quickly become one of the biggest love-to-hate characters on TV. Since joining The Walking Dead in season 6 with his trusty bat Lucille in hand, he’s killed off several major characters, spent a period of time locked up in jail, and recently undergone a redemption arc of sorts.

So it’s no surprise that fans have been anticipating a spin-off for the iconic villain. With multiple series including Fear The Walking Dead and World Beyond already existing, as well as the upcoming Daryl and Carol show, it seems like a very real possibility.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan says “no doors are closed” to a Negan spin-off series

It’s also something that Negan star Jeffrey Dean Morgan would definitely be down for in the future. After a fan asked him on Twitter whether a Negan spin-off could happen, he confirmed that “no doors are closed” and that there’s more to come from the character.

“We shall see,” he wrote. “I’d like to think no doors are closed. A great character with many stories to tell. But again, much still to do here on [The Walking Dead]! Many episodes still to shoot. Right now I’m just excited about that!”

What could happen in a Negan spin-off series?

In the past, many fans speculated that if a Negan spin-off series were to happen, it would likely be a prequel story based on the comic book Here’s Negan. That comic revealed more about the character’s past and followed him on his journey to becoming the leader of the Saviours.

But with the recent news that an upcoming episode of The Walking Dead Season 10 will give us Negan’s backstory, it now seems more likely that a future spin-off show would focus on a different comic book one-shot, Negan Lives, or perhaps a new story entirely.

Back in August, during the TWD Universe Family Hangout, Morgan expressed interest in filming something based on Negan Lives when asked about his feelings towards a potential spin-off series.

Negan in The Walking Dead
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A spin-off series could be based on the one-shot comic Negan Lives

“I think Negan has become so well-rounded and this sort of redemption arc he’s been on has been very interesting to play,” he said. “And I think The Negan Lives comic book kind of carries that on. It’s a great little story, it’s just a little slice of a day in the life of.

“It’s great, and I always wanted to film that and the prequel… There’s so much we don’t know about him. Keep writing him Kirkman, and maybe we’ll get to them eventually.”

With the Walking Dead confirmed to come to an end after 11 seasons, and World Beyond only lasting for two seasons, fans are anticipating the future of the franchise.

Fortunately, there’s a trilogy of movies about Rick Grimes in the works, and you can find out everything we know about those right here.

Gaming

Spider-Verse producer wants Spider-Man: Miles Morales glitches in sequel

Published: 28/Nov/2020 19:29

by Theo Salaun

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The transformational glitches in Spider-Man: Miles Morales are pretty hilarious. So hilarious, in fact, that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s producer, screenplay and story writer, Phil Lord, wants to use them in the hit movie’s sequel.

Lord and his filmmaking duo, Christopher Miller, are no strangers to animation or comedy. With titles like Spider-Verse, Lego Movie, and 21 Jump Street under their shared filmmaking belt, it’s no wonder that the two are unafraid of getting a little weird with the animated Spider-Man flick’s sequel.

And if you want inspiration for red and blue weirdness, look no further than the Miles Morales game. Playable on PS4 and PS5, the title has apparently been a massive success, with 97 percent of Google users enjoying it. While people are typically annoyed with launch day bugs, the issues with this one are just too funny to chastise. 

With weird, viral videos of players transforming into various inanimate objects, it was actually a transformation of a patio heater that caught Lord’s eye. Now, it appears that “Heater Parker” could become a reality in Spider-Verse 2.

Since the original Spider-Verse movie was chock-full of absurdities and goofy odes to different genres or pop-culture references, invoking a video game’s glitch should be no problem. And, as far as content goes, few things evoke comedic surrealism as much as a patio heater using a web to swing from building to building in New York City.

For Lord, at least, the randomized development mistake appears too funny to ignore as film inspiration: “We’re putting this in Spider-Verse 2 if we have any self-respect at all.”

Hopefully, he and Miller have as much self-respect as the title’s developers, Insomniac Games, have humility. In response to Lord’s tweet, which has since gone viral, the game’s makers couldn’t help but acknowledge their imperfections with a pun.

While we were under the impression that patio heaters were meant to heat patios, not hearts, the Insomniac reflection remains accurate: this silly, inanimate object glitch is “equally as embarrassing as it is heartwarming.”

But, above all else, they’re just funny. It could legitimately be one of gaming and cinema’s greatest, most randomly inspired crossovers if Spider-Verse 2 involves an alternate dimensional Heater Parker.