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Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman gives update on Rick Grimes spinoff

Published: 21/Jul/2020 14:22 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:54

by David Purcell

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The Walking Dead was built around one man for the most part, and that’s Rick Grimes. The chief protagonist has stepped away from the limelight in recent seasons, but Robert Kirkman has confirmed work is being done to make his spinoff movie “perfect.”

Kirkman, the co-creator of the popular AMC series, has been trying to keep fans updated with the film project ever since it was first announced back in July 2019, where Andrew Lincoln, will of course, be in the starring role.

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The funny thing about Rick is that his arch-enemy has somewhat taken his place as the star of the show, Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. This shift came to pass at the climax of season nine, when the former fell from an exploding bridge and was taken away from the group.

Six years on, following a time skip in Season 10, the only thing we truly know about Grimes is that he survived the tumble – and has a new movie to film. Probably the best bridge fall in history, really.

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Rick Grimes bridge scene in Walking Dead season 9
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Many fans thought Rick Grimes might have died during his final moments in Season 9 – but it turns out he was saved by a helicopter.

Incidentally, AMC have since confirmed that this exact moment will be where the movie kicks off, explaining what happens next to the former cop.

Anyway, with so many questions surrounding the project and rumored delays in filming due to the current global situation, Kirkman has swiftly put any qualms to bed about its development. Apparently, things are running just fine – if not better than expected.

During Skybound Xpo, where he was joined by show producer David Alpert, Kirkman gave everybody a quick update.

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He said: “There’s tons of stuff going on behind the scenes. I don’t want anyone to think that we’re just kind of waiting around for this pandemic to end. I would say that, if anything, the pandemic is going to make a lot of movies better.

Interview segment timestamp is 2:12:07 in the video below. 

“I think the Rick Grimes movie chief among them, just because we’re getting a lot more time to cook this thing and make sure it’s perfect. But when things do quiet down, you guys are going to hear a ton more about this movie.”

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This spinoff, as many will know already, will be the first for The Walking Dead.

There’s no way of knowing whether or not it will be a success on the big screen just yet, but with over a decade’s worth of character development on a seasonal platform, and a ton of questions to be asked about backstory, this could present the show with an opportunity to do this kind of thing more often.

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Negan in The Walking Dead
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The Walking Dead has a conveyer belt of characters worthy of spinoffs.

After all, we’ve been introduced to some really complex characters over the years. From Michonne being tied up with zombies on a chain, to Negan walking around with a bat named Lucille, these people have big stories to tell and if we know anything about this zombie series, it’s that the fans want to hear every last drop of the details.

Regarding the project, Alpert also said: “We’re coming along in a big way. We’re just in this particular space where we can’t shoot right now. We’re desperate to get back into production and get everything going. But yeah, we have something really exciting, really unique, really different – can’t wait to get it going – but just have to wait until it’s safe.”

Rick’s spinoff movie doesn’t yet have a release date, but from what these two said during the Skybound Xpo, we’re about to find out sooner rather than later.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.