The Walking Dead (franchise) – Wikipedia

Media franchise about a zombie apocalypse

The Walking Dead is a zombie apocalypse media franchise, including a comic book series, several television series, a web series, films, novels, video games, and various other media such as audio books and soundtracks. The original comic books were created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore, with Charlie Adlard joining shortly after its creation.

The first television show was originally adapted by Frank Darabont, who left due to conflicts with AMC. Actor Andrew Lincoln played the lead role of sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes for nine seasons. The second television series, which is a prequel and companion series, does not follow the comic book and originally focuses on the dysfunctional Clark family at the start of the zombie apocalypse.

The Walking Dead franchise originates from the comic book series of the same name. The comics consist of a monthly black-and-white comic book series chronicling the travels of Rick Grimes, his family, and other survivors of a zombie apocalypse.[citation needed]

First issued in 2003 by publisher Image Comics, the series was created by writer Robert Kirkman[1] and artist Tony Moore who was later replaced by Charlie Adlard from issue #7 onward,[2] though Moore continued to do the covers through issue #24.[3] The Walking Dead comic book series received the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series at San Diego Comic-Con International. The 193rd and final issue was released in 2019.

Image Comics announced in July 2020 that it will be republishing the full run of The Walking Dead in full color, with coloring by Dave McCaig. The first issue of the reprint is scheduled for release on October 7, 2020, with subsequent comics to be released twice a month from November 2020 onward. There are no present plans to release these in trade paperbacks.[4]

Sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma in a post-apocalyptic world where the undead, known as walkers, have taken over. Rick must fight for his survival to protect his family and friends while along the way he meets new allies and confronts enemies who try to take over communities.[citation needed]

Set initially in Los Angeles, California, the series follows a dysfunctional family composed of high school guidance counselor Madison Clark, her boyfriend and English teacher Travis Manawa, her daughter Alicia, and her drug-addicted son Nick, at the onset of the zombie apocalypse. The four must either revamp themselves or cling to their deep flaws as they come to terms with the impending collapse of civilization.[citation needed]

In July 2018, during San Diego Comic-Con, executive producer Scott M. Gimple announced that a new spin-off is in the works.[10] In April 2019, AMC officially announced the 10-episode female lead series would begin production during the summer in Virginia and is set to debut in 2020.[11][12] The first trailer was released at New York Comic Con 2019.[13] The Walking Dead: World Beyond ran for a total of two seasons and 20 episodes.[14]

In September 2020, AMC announced they and Gimple have been developing an episodic anthology series that would be based on new or existing characters that would explore backstories.[15] The six-episode first season is set to premiere in 2022.[8]

A fourth spin-off series created by Angela Kang and Scott M. Gimple to star Reedus and McBride as their characters Daryl and Carol, respectively, was announced in September 2020, with plans to air in 2023 after the conclusion of the eleventh season of the main show.[16] Kang, who has been the showrunner of the main show since the ninth season, was set to be the showrunner of the spin-off.[5] In April 2022, the project was retooled to be entirely Daryl-focused, and McBride departed the project.[17] David Zabel will serve as showrunner, replacing Kang.[18]

In March 2022, AMC officially greenlit Isle of the Dead, starring Morgan and Cohan as their characters Negan and Maggie respectively. They are also executive producing with Eli Jorn, who is serving as showrunner. The six-episode first season is scheduled to premiere in 2023.[9][19]

In November 2018, Scott Gimple announced on Talking Dead that three The Walking Dead films are in development from AMC Original Films, with Andrew Lincoln signed on to reprise his role as Rick Grimes. The films will focus on the events that follow his exit from the television series. Pollyanna McIntosh will reprise her role from the shows as Jadis.[20]

In July 2019, it was revealed that the films will be released in theaters, rather than on television. The series will follow the continued adventures of Rick, with Gimple serving as screenwriter for the first film.[21] Later that month, Universal Pictures acquired distribution for the film series.[22] Production on the first film is scheduled to begin "as early as 2019".[21] The creators have discussed the possibility of bringing back Corey Hawkins as Heath, who had his role cut short on the show to do other projects.[23] In December 2020, Lincoln confirmed that the movie was planned to begin shooting in early 2021.[24] In May 2021, it was confirmed that Gale Anne Hurd will be the executive producer for the first film.[25]

Multiple board games for the franchise have been released.

The official game for The Walking Dead set within the comic book universe.

Flash based social game on Facebook, launched in 2012 and shut down at the end of 2014.

On July 6, 2012, Activision announced a first-person shooter based on and set before the television series, which is being developed by Terminal Reality.[26] It was released on March 19, 2013, in North America.[27] It was met with negative reception.

Game for the AMC website and set before the television series.[citation needed]

The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is a role-playing video game developed by Scopely based on the comic book series. It was released initially on the Android platform, later on iOS. Players complete various missions using teams, in exchange for further rewards, and more challenging stages.[citation needed]

Game for Android/iOS.[citation needed]

Location-based mobile game. Set in The Walking Dead universe and developed by Next Games.[28]

The Escapists: The Walking Dead is a spin-off from The Escapists, a strategy video game about escaping prisons.[29]

In August 2014, Starbreeze Studios announced that a The Walking Dead co-op first-person shooter is in development by Overkill Software.[30] The game is called Overkill's The Walking Dead, and it claims to deliver a "completely new co-op experience" to The Walking Dead universe that will explore new characters and storylines. It was scheduled to launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows in 2018. The game is being made with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, who says he was certain from the first day he saw the project that it was the "co-op action game fans have been waiting for." It is also the result of a new "long-term" partnership between Starbreeze and Kirkman's company Skybound Interactive. This partnership will extend "into the next decade" and marks a new era for Starbreeze, the company said. It is also confirmed to be taken place within the comic book universe of The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is a virtual reality game developed by Skybound Entertainment. It was released on January 23, 2020.[31]

The official VR game for AMC's The Walking Dead.[32]

Located in Thorpe Park. The Ride is a re-design of a previously standing ride. Opened as The Walking Dead: The Ride in March 2018. As part of the Year of The Walking Dead. The rides slogan is "Those who ride, survive".

Novels for The Walking Dead set within the comic book universe.

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