The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman would like to see an animated reboot

After 11 seasons, The Walking Dead is officially over, but the franchise continues through a slate of spinoffs. And creator Robert Kirkman wants AMC to develop an animated reboot.
2023 Comic-Con International: San Diego - Entertainment Weekly And Robert Kirkman: One-On-One
2023 Comic-Con International: San Diego - Entertainment Weekly And Robert Kirkman: One-On-One / Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages

AMC's TV show The Walking Dead is, mostly, an okay adaptation of the comic books by Robert Kirkman. Sure, it expands and changes certain plot points, but that's a natural consequence of having to develop the story for live-action. There are also some hugely controversial changes, such as the death of Carl and the departure of Rick. But as far as adaptations go, it covers all the major plot beats of the comics from beginning to end while building out its own corner of the TWD Universe.

However, while it might be a great show, it's far from a one-to-one faithful adaptation of the comic. I mean, in the comics, Rick loses his arm to the Governor and Daryl doesn't even exist. The list of changes goes on. And after seeing Kirkman's superhero comic Invincible get adapted very faithfully in a new animated show on Prime Video, the author is keen to see The Walking Dead get the same treatment.

"I think it would be a lot of fun to do a faithful animated adaptation, but I don't know AMC's appetite for such things," Kirkman said in response to a fan letter in The Walking Dead Deluxe #79, per ComicBook.

AMC has not ordered anything yet. For all we know, the idea isn't even being discussed by executives. Although given the success of Invincible, the prospect of animating The Walking Dead suddenly feels like a great idea. Would they get back the original cast as voice actors? It'd be strange to hear other actors playing these characters. If the disastrous voice acting of The Walking Dead: Destinies is anything to go by, getting the original cast back is an absolute must.

An animated reboot would also present a good opportunity to adapt spinoff comics from Kirkman's Walking Dead series. He's written plenty of other books outside the main run of comics. There's the Governor novel series written alongside Jay Bonansinga, the Here's Negan and Negan Lives comics, and also a story about Rick's brother Jeffrey Grimes called The Alien by Brian K. Vaughan. And if they really want to push things further, there's also Clementine's story, as covered in Telltale's The Walking Dead video game.

Whether this will happen, only time will tell, but the live-action Walking Dead series continues to grow. On February 25, AMC will premiere The Ones Who Live, marking the return of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira).

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