With the start of The Walking Dead season three only two days away, there is already some talk about using the prison setting to tell an entirely different story, set before the show’s group of zombie survivalists arrived. On the red carpet for the season three premiere, showrunner and writer Glenn Mazzara teased a possible prequel to The Walking Dead for the big screen.
The West Georgia Correctional Facility (AKA The Prison) storyline is one of the best-loved sections of Robert Kirkman’s ongoing comic series. It’s quite the turning point in The Walking Dead, but Mazzara thinks there might be another story about the prison that’s worth telling:
“The way I look at this prison is when the outbreak happened, there was a zombie movie that took place in a prison. One day maybe we’ll go back and film that movie. And now our guys come in, and they’re sort of the sequel to what happened. So there are survivors in that prison, damage in the prison. So walkers keep coming in; it’s never safe. They fooled themselves into thinking the farm was safe. From the jump they know this prison is not safe.”
A video from TVLine.com reveals more about the upcoming season from creator Robert Kirkman, showrunner Glenn Mazzara, executive producer Gale Ann Hurd, and actors Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, IronE Singleton, and Steven Yeun. The third season of The Walking Dead looks to be even more fevered, furious, and frenzied as our group of survivalists become more adjusted to life in the zombie apocalypse. Check out the video (skip to 2:24 to hear Glenn Mazzara talk about the zombie “prequel” movie):
From what it sounds like, it feels like Mazzara was talking about the general tone and the aftermath of what went on in the prison before Rick Grimes and company happen to stumble upon it. It sounds like Mazzara is using the term “zombie movie” as a shortcut to getting his point across. But who knows, there were a few rumblings a few months ago about AMC fast-tracking a possible The Walking Dead movie project. Might as well strike while the iron is hot!