The Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon Makes Comics Debut in David Finch Limited Edition Cover (Exclusive)

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Does Rick come back in season 11?

While Lincoln left The Walking Dead in Season 9, there's been rumors that he might make an appearance in the show's final season. These are just rumors, however, though he's confirmed to reprise Rick Grimes in a movie trilogy. ... Season 11: Part I of The Walking Dead will premiere Aug. 22 on AMC. SYFY WIREThe Walking Dead “trailer” reminisces about Rick Grimes and gives first brief footage of Season 11

Fans of The Walking Dead will get a fascinating behind the scenes look at the Walking Dead universe thanks to Skybound Entertainment, AMC Networks, and Image Comics' new The Art of AMC's The Walking Dead Universe hardcover, but fans who order the limited edition version will also get a one of a kind debut. Superstar artist David Finch has crafted a limited edition cover to the book that features the comic debut of fan-favorite character Daryl Dixon (played by Norman Reedus). Daryl has never been featured in the comics in any form, and he is brought to life in stunning fashion on the slick new cover.

The cover features a close-up of Daryl's face with one half of his face sporting a walker makeover, and the Finch variant is available on the Skybound Store right now while supplies last. You can check out the new cover below, and the hardcover will retail for $80.00.

“This is the first time that Daryl Dixon has been brought to life in comic book form by Skybound and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have David Finch do the honors with his incomparable style,” said Sean Mackiewicz, SVP, Editor-in-Chief, Skybound Entertainment. “The Art of AMC’s The Walking Dead Universe is an essential must-read for any fan of the hit AMC series and we’re thrilled to offer this limited-edition version right now for fans who want to own a special piece of TWD history.”

In addition to the standard and variant covers, The Art of AMC's The Walking Dead Universe features behind the scenes pre-production and production art from all three of AMC's Walking Dead series, and will also include never before seen original sketches, concept art, storyboards, special product illustrations, and more.

In addition, the special hardcover will include an introduction by The Walking Dead Universe Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple as well as fun facts from creators and crew members on all three series.

You can check out the official description below.

"Published by Skybound & produced by AMC Networks Publishing, discover the behind-the-scenes pre-production & production art for AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD shows: The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and The Walking Dead: World Beyond, all in one incredible collection! Includes never-before-seen original sketches, concept art, storyboards, previs art, set concept and engineering art, promotional concept to completion key art, special product illustrations, in-world product art, and much more.

This limited-edition, Skybound Store exclusive features Daryl Dixon cover art by David Finch & Dave McCaig. It also features an introduction by Chief Content Officer, SCOTT M. GIMPLE, as well as other compelling anecdotes and fun facts from The Walking Dead creators and crew! A must-have for anyone who has ever shouted, “We are the Walking Dead!”

Will you be picking up the limited edition Daryl cover? Let us know in the comments!

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Walking Dead Lawsuit Ends in $200 Million Settlement

Gizmodo 18 July, 2021 - 01:10am

The news was revealed as part of AMC’s report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. “The Settlement Agreement provides for a cash payment of $200 million (the ‘Settlement Payment’) to the plaintiffs and future revenue sharing related to certain future streaming exhibition of The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead,” the statement reads. It later revealed $143 million of it was for “the extinguishment of Plaintiffs’ rights to any compensation in connection with The Walking Dead and any related programs and the dismissal of the actions” and that $57 million was for “ordinary course accrued participations.” Basically, AMC was paying $200 million to settle past, and cover any future, earnings Darabont would have made on the show.

The Walking Dead returns next month with the first part of its 11th, and final, season.

But I wonder, how much will his lawyers get? 50%? 75%?

The Walking Dead Anthology Spinoff Sets TWD Veteran as Showrunner

ComicBook.com 18 July, 2021 - 01:10am

A veteran writer-producer of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead will serve as showrunner on Tales of the Walking Dead, the anthology spin-off series in development at AMC Networks. Created by former Walking Dead showrunner and current Walking Dead Universe chief content officer Scott Gimple, Tales is an episodic anthology that tells tales about new or existing characters — including returning fan-favorites who have already died. According to Gimple, Tales is a "grab-bag" made up of individual episodes or arcs of episodes revealing backstories or other stand-alone experiences across different periods in the Walking Dead zombie apocalypse.

Channing Powell, a veteran writer-producer of The Walking Dead since its fourth season in 2013, will serve as showrunner on Tales of the Walking Dead. Powell revealed her showrunner position on Instagram.

Powell's credits include the Season 4 episode "Inmates," which introduces Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) and his traveling companions Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Eugene (Josh McDermitt), as well as the devastating Season 9 episode "The Calm Before" and the Season 10 episode "Look at the Flowers." As a writer and consulting producer on spin-off Fear the Walking Dead, Powell penned the Season 6 episodes "The Holding" and "Mother," both involving Alicia Clark's (Alycia Debnam-Carey) encounter with the underground cult of Teddy Maddox (John Glover).

Outside of TWD Universe, Powell served as writer and story editor on the Matt Bomer-starring police procedural White Collar and created the dystopian sci-fi thriller The Feed. Tales is Powell's second time showrunning, making her the second female creator to head a TWD series behind The Walking Dead's Angela Kang (Seasons 9, 10, and 11).

"We're working on it. Our operating principle right now is single hours that are very different week to week," Gimple said when updating Tales during a recent stream with TWDUniverse. "We've left the door open to tell longer maybe multi-episode stories in the universe. We want to keep it really flexible. But to start out with, we want a bunch of very different stories where the audience isn't going to know what to expect."

Describing Tales as more Twilight Zone and less American Horror Story, the anthology spin-off "goes back to those questions people have been asking about different situations, or what happened with different characters that we have had already, and then things that are just not related to anything we've told," Gimple said. "That's the kind of thing we want to do. We're working on it hard."

A premiere date for Tales is TBA. Follow the author @CameronBonomolo on Twitter for all things TWD Universe.

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The Walking Dead Star Michael Cudlitz Returns as Director for Final Season

ComicBook.com 18 July, 2021 - 01:10am

Michael Cudlitz is back on the set of The Walking Dead — again as a director. The Abraham Ford actor, who starred in seasons 4-6 until his character's death at the end of Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) baseball bat in the Season 7 premiere, reveals he will direct at least one episode of the 24-episode Final Season. Cudlitz previously returned to the series as a first-time director on the Season 9 episode "Stradivarius," later stepping back behind the camera for the Season 10 episodes "Silence the Whisperers" and "Open Your Eyes," as well as two episodes of spin-off The Walking Dead: World Beyond.

Cudlitz revealed his directing duties with a photo from the pandemic-proofed Georgia set of The Walking Dead Season 11, which came back to life in early February following a lengthy hiatus due to coronavirus. The expanded new season, split into three parts with eight episodes each, will air through 2022.

……Amazing job keeping us safe #TWDHealthandSafety …. Back on set #twdfinalseason let’s do this !! 👊👊 pic.twitter.com/nXQDJ2eRqP

To match the number of episodes in the super-sized season, showrunner Angela Kang said The Walking Dead is back to its "usual scope and scale" after the six smaller-scale bonus chapters that extended Season 10 earlier this year. Episodes like "Home Sweet Home" and "Here's Negan" were the first to film during the pandemic under new health and safety protocols documented in the streaming special The Walking Dead: Making the Extended 10th Season.

"Just in very broad terms, I'll say that Season 11, we get to come back more of our usual scope and scale that people are used to," Kang previously told Entertainment Weekly. "So we'll start seeing more stories again like the first episode — it's got everybody on earth in the episode. And tons of zombies and lots of action and fun and intrigue, and locations we've never seen, and things like that. So just stylistically, there will be a change from these six [episodes] that we just watched back into our normal season."

First-time TWD director Kevin Dowling (The Americans, The Strain, 13 Reasons Why) is behind the camera on the two-part season premiere "Acheron: Part I" and "Acheron: Part II." The Walking Dead returns Sunday, August 22, on AMC.

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AMC Networks Reaches $200 Million Settlement in ‘The Walking Dead’ Profit Participation Lawsuit

Complex 18 July, 2021 - 01:10am

By Cynthia Littleton

AMC Networks has reached a $200 million settlement deal with Frank Darabont and CAA in the long-running profit participation lawsuit over “The Walking Dead.”

The deal calls for AMC Networks to pay Darabont and CAA a total of $200 million. They will continue to receive a share of future profits from streaming deals tied to “The Walking Dead” and spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead.” But for all other “Walking Dead”-related content, the settlement buys out the plaintiffs’ rights.

AMC Networks disclosed the settlement in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday. Representatives for Darabont and CAA declined to comment. AMC Networks did not elaborate beyond the SEC filing. AMC had to disclose the payment because it will essentially wipe out the company’s free cash flow for 2021, a big change from the $200 million that AMC executives forecast for full-year 2021 to Wall Street analysts during an earnings call in May.

The $200 million settlement includes $57 million worth of profit participation revenue that AMC had intended to pay the plaintiffs under the terms of the original contracts for “The Walking Dead.” Darabont, the writer-director who launched the show in 2010 that became a juggernaut for AMC, filed suit against the company in 2013 after he had been dismissed from the show. CAA had a stake in the claim as the representative for Darabont and as the agency that packaged the series, thus giving it a profit participation stake in the show as well.

After Darabont and CAA filed the first salvo, “Walking Dead” executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, comic book creator Nate Kirkman, showrunner Glen Mazzara and exec producers David Alpert and Charles Eglee filed a similar suit in 2017.  That suit is still pending in Los Angeles Superior Court, with a trial expected to begin in November.

Meanwhile, Darabont filed another suit in 2018 claiming other fiduciary abuses by AMC related to the profit participation deal. The settlement announced Friday settles both of those cases, which had been combined by the judge.

“The Walking Dead” lawsuit became the latest forum for conflict over traditional Hollywood accounting techniques. It also reflected the conflict spurred by industry consolidation as AMC served as both the production entity behind “Walking Dead” and the network, which led to the lawsuits claiming that AMC did not pay its own studio fair market value for the show that at its peak was the most-watched entertainment program in all of TV.

Litigation around allegations of sweetheart deals that short change profit participants have become a specialty for Hollywood litigators for years now ever since the regulatory landscape changed in the late 1990s to allow vertical integration of networks and studios.

The settlement with Darabont makes it easier for AMC Networks to move forward with future “Walking Dead” projects, and there are many on the drawing board. The case pending with Hurd and the others is narrower in scope after a judge ruled in AMC’s favor that the original profit definition in the original contracts was valid.

The mothership “Walking Dead” series is set to end next year with Season 11 and 24 more original episodes. Scott Gimple, chief content officer for “Walking Dead Universe,” is steering a live-action spinoff featuring the characters played by Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride as well as a planned anthology series involving other characters. AMC Networks also sees “Walking Dead” as ripe for exploitation in the live event and immersive experience arena.

The settlement with Darabont is significant because the writer-producer who launched “Walking Dead” in 2010 had claimed profit participation rights on all spinoffs, merchandising and anything related to the property, including the “Talking Dead” after-show series that AMC airs after original “Walking Dead” installments.

The Walking Dead's lawsuit ends with multi-million dollar settlement

digitalspy.com 17 July, 2021 - 01:17pm

AMC is to pay Frank Darabont $200 million.

AMC, which has aired the show in the US since its start in 2010, reached a settlement with Frank Darabont over his profits participation lawsuit.

It was announced yesterday (July 16) that the conclusion of the case will see AMC pay $200 million to Darabont and Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

The trial had reportedly been delayed multiple times due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

CAA and Darabont sued AMC in 2013 over profits from the show after Darabont was fired from the show's second season. The writer – who was heavily involved in the initial development of the series as an executive producer and director as well – claimed he was wrongfully terminated and therefore entitled to proceeds from the show.

Darabont also alleged that AMC, which both produces and airs The Walking Dead, was involved in "the improper and abusive practice of self-dealing" by agreeing to sell the series to itself.

"The Settlement Agreement provides for a cash payment of $200 million (the “Settlement Payment”) to the plaintiffs and future revenue sharing related to certain future streaming exhibition of The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead," AMC said in the SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) filing (via TheWrap).

The Walking Dead Gets Artsy; Note to Michael James Shaw on Dad Bods

Bleeding Cool News 17 July, 2021 - 09:36am

With The Walking Dead Universe as active as it's ever been (at one point, all three series were filming at the same time) and the premiere of the flagship series' Season 11 Part One a month away, we've got two art-based updates to share with you followed by a special message for one of the newest members of the TWD cast. First up, AMC's weekly commissioned artwork honoring the series' past- his time, with a focus on Season 5 and Carol's (Melissa McBride) mission to free our heroes from Terminus, from artist Ariela Kristantina and colorist Bryan Valenza.

"I tried to see what the character might be focusing on when she stood at that spot," said Kristantina. "The two things that I think she'd have in her mind must be the main building where the villains may have kept her friends and what can be done to save them without having to fight a horde of Walkers or a fully armed group when she was all alone." As the artist sees it, it was the combination of the growing tension & doubt coupled with Carol needing to make the save that makes the moment work. "The tension really got to me," Kristantina explained. "Carol always seemed like the harmless one to me and I'm so glad she could save her friends in this episode."

But for the artist, some of her strongest inspirations came from the show's visual quality. "High production values, from lighting, materials, to props, is really apparent and I appreciate how a 2D world turned to life very seamlessly. 'TWD' has produced high-quality entertainment since episode one. I found the comics after watching a few shows and as much as I don't like comparing TV shows/movies to books or graphic novels, I do think that 'TWD' is a great adaptation and has a life of its own," Kristantina said. Looking to own the artwork? Stop by TWDUShop.com.

Now, this is definitely something we need to get our hands on. AMC Networks, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Comics revealed the cover for The Art of AMC's The Walking Dead Universe from illustrator Brian Rood (Star Wars, Transformers). We're talking about the first time that the casts of The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and The Walking Dead: World Beyond have been featured in the same piece of art- we're talking over 50 cast members/characters.

Available at comic shops on September 29, and everywhere books are sold on October 5, The Art of AMC's The Walking Dead Universe is an in-depth compilation of behind-the-scenes pre-production and production art from all three of AMC's TWD Universe series and will feature never-before-seen original sketches, concept art, storyboards, special product illustrations, and more from the shows inspired by Robert Kirkman's comic book turned pop-culture phenomenon. In addition, the book kicks off with an introduction by Chief Content Officer of  TWD Universe Scott M. Gimple and fun facts from creators and crew members on all three series.

"We're thrilled to reveal this monumental painting by Brian Rood, combining all three of 'The Walking Dead' Universe series like never before,' shares Mike Zagari, Head of AMC Networks Publishing. "The image perfectly encapsulates the epic scope of the ever-expanding TWD Universe, and we look forward to sharing more with fans as we approach the book's launch this Fall." The Art of AMC's The Walking Dead Universe can be pre-ordered now everywhere books are sold, in both print and digital formats. Plus, fans will soon be able to pre-order an exclusive special variant edition that will be available on Skybound.com and a second exclusive special variant edition that will be available on TWDUshop.com, both in super limited quantities.

Finally, a personal note & request for Michael James Shaw (Mercer). Based on your post below, it's pretty clear that you and I have different definitions of "Dad Bod" so feel free to throw any diet tips or workout suggestions our way because right now? We're feeling a bit too "Pillsbury Dough Boy" for our liking:

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The Walking Dead Breaks Tradition, Releases S11 Trailer Ahead of Comic-Con

CBR - Comic Book Resources 16 July, 2021 - 09:12am

The trailer begins by revisiting the past, with looks at memorable moments featuring the likes of Rick Grimes, Hershel Greene, Michonne and The Governor, all set to the voiceover of Rick's iconic speech about "how we survive." From there, fans are treated to new footage from Season 11 featuring more familiar faces and the new faction known as the Commonwealth.

Season 11 of The Walking Dead will be the flagship series' last, paving the way for the continuation of Fear the Walking Dead while also making room for several more spinoffs. "It’s been ten years ‘gone bye;’ what lies ahead are two more to come and stories and stories to tell beyond that," The Walking Dead producer Scott M. Gimple said in September 2020. "What’s clear is that this show has been about the living, made by a passionate cast, team of writer/producers, producers, and crew, bringing to life the vision put forth by Robert Kirkman in his brilliant comic — and supported by the best fans in the world. We have a lot of thrilling story left to tell on TWD, and then, this end will be a beginning of more Walking Dead — brand new stories and characters, familiar faces and places, new voices, and new mythologies. This will be a grand finale that will lead to new premieres. Evolution is upon us. The Walking Dead lives."

Season 11 of The Walking Dead premieres Aug. 22 on AMC. However, AMC+ subscribers can catch the premiere several days early.

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