The Walking Dead's showrunner wants William Shatner to star in a big screen adaptation of the series.

Scott Gimple is keen to see a movie version of the popular horror TV show - which is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard - made at some stage, and has eyed the 'Star Trek' actor to portray lead character Rick Grimes.

He joked: ''William Shatner as Rick. We'll get Edward James Olmos as Daryl. Hit all the big shows. Matthew Fox as the Governor!''

While the TV series is still in full swing, Scott thinks it is inevitable the show will feature on the big screen one day.

He added to ''That question comes up every now and again,'' Gimple said. ''I'm sure one way or another, one day, it'll happen. I think it would be cool.''

The show is in its seventh series with another on the way in 2017.

It first told the story of Rick - played by Andrew Lincoln - who awoke from a coma to discover the world has been overrun by zombies, or ''walkers'' as they are known in the programme.

Other stars in the TV series include Chandler Riggs as Rick's son Carl Grimes, Norman Reedus is primary hunter Daryl Dixon, and David Morrissey was The Governor.