With the cast and crew of AMC's The Walking Dead already in a deep-dive production-wise on the tenth season, life in the Walking Dead universe has become a lot like the NFL: neither have off-seasons anymore. With a strong ensemble cast (and a "Big Bad" fronted by Samantha Morton in an award-earning turn as Whisperers leader Alpha) and richly layered writing, series EP/showrunner Angela Kang did the near-impossible: made the show feel fresh and dangerous again.
Okay, let's own it right up front: this is at best mindless speculation and at worst pure, uncut "geek hope," but when Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and the creator of the Walking Dead universe Robert Kirkman bond on Twitter over their love and appreciation for the action greatness that is Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (or just Hobbs & Shaw)? We have to see where this follows – and where did it follow?
From the looks of things – the early stages of a merger between two mighty pop culture icons. Could we be talking a role in the upcoming Rick Grimes film trilogy? Probably not – "The Rock" gets the starring roles – and I'd like to see him lead a TWD film where there can't be huge explosions and massive gunfire.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 6, 2019
Just say when!
— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) August 6, 2019
It didn't take long for someone to make a connection to the comics for what might still be to come on the cinematic side, looking to the Commonwealth's main military man Mercer as a possibility:
Dwayne as Mercer!!!
Holy crap that would be cool!! pic.twitter.com/f9sIJcfiYu
— Walker Talker (@walkertalker222) August 7, 2019
Clearly, someone at the official Walking Dead universe Twitter account would like to commision some artwork:
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) August 7, 2019
Now here's our first look (hey, it's something to tide us over for 5… 4… 3…) at the teaser for Untitled The Walking Dead Movie, where Rick Grimes returns… only in theaters, from AMC, Skybound Entertainment, and Universal Pictures:
AMC's "The Walking Dead" Season 10
Here's our first official trailer for the upcoming tenth season as well as an overview of what we can expect when the series returns. As the war between our heroes and The Whisperers escalates, both sides must deal with issues of trust and fear from within…
The Walking Dead is a story that started 10 years ago with one man trying to find his family. That family grew and gradually communities took shape. They fought and survived, thrived and gave birth to a new generation. It is a tale of humankind and there are more stories to tell.
It is now Spring, a few months after the end of Season 9, when our group of survivors dared to cross into Whisperer territory during the harsh winter. The collected communities are still dealing with the after effects of Alpha's horrific display of power, reluctantly respecting the new borderlines being imposed on them, all while organizing themselves into a militia-style fighting force, preparing for a battle that may be unavoidable.
But the Whisperers are a threat unlike any they have ever faced. Backed by a massive horde of the dead it is seemingly a fight they cannot win. The question of what to do and the fear it breeds will infect the communities and give rise to paranoia, propaganda, secret agendas, and infighting that will test them as individuals and as a society. The very idea of whether civilization can survive in a world filled with the dead hangs in the balance.