A short teaser trailer for the untitled The Walking Dead film was unveiled at Friday’s AMC series panel at San Diego Comic-Con, which promised the return of Rick Grimes after actor Andrew Lincoln‘s departure from the television show late last year.

The teaser’s claim that the film will be released in theaters contradicts previous statements made by showrunner Scott M. Gimple, as a trilogy of Rick Grimes-centred films was announced to air on AMC rather than appear in theaters.

In all honesty, this really is a sort of non-announcement. We were already aware that a Rick Grimes film was on the way (three of them, in fact) and this trailer seems tailored to be experienced live with an audience rather than clicking a link where the most relevant bit of information — Rick’s return — already appears in the headline.

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The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman spoke to Comic Book about the film, saying that he is “heavily involved” in the project. Kirkman dropped a surprise ending to the long-running comic series in a controversial move, so he must have more free time to work on the film adaptation of his work.

He added, “I’m very excited. I can’t say much — let me think what I can say — but framing the story in a little different way, and telling the narrative in a more succinct [way], more spectacle possibly… I’ve already said too much. It’s gonna be fun.”

There you have it. There is no release date for the film but with the modicum of information that we’ve uncovered, we should clearly be very excited about the film.

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