A Walking Dead movie almost happened in 2003 (here's why it didn't)

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Jun 10, 2013

We’re three seasons into AMC’s hit zombie series The Walking Dead, and rumors abound that the franchise could eventually make the jump to the big screen. But did you know that a movie could’ve happened way back in 2003?

Some of the producers were recently chatting about the show’s long journey to television in a piece by The Hollywood Reporter, though we already knew that NBC famously passed on the series before it went on to become one of the biggest hits in modern television history.

But along the way, producer Gale Anne Hurd let slip that a movie version was actually being floated in 2003. At the time, Hurd (Hulk, Terminator 3, The Punisher) was primarily working on movies, and considered a film treatment based on Robert Kirkman’s comic.

There was just one problem: She couldn’t figure out how the heck to actually end a Walking Dead movie, so she put the idea on the shelf. It stayed there a long while, too, until AMC finally decided to take a shot at it on TV instead.

After reading the comic and seeing the series, it makes sense that Hurd had so much trouble finding a good track for a movie. The story is about as episodic as episodic can be, and by the time you set up the world and characters, you’d be out of time.

Would you have preferred a movie, or are you glad we got the TV version (though we admittedly had to wait a while for it)?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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