Remember Zombieland? It was a fun film released back in 2009, that saw a more unusual take on the zombie apocalypse. Survival was key, as was having an eccentric personality which could somehow fend off ravenous undead hordes with pure charm alone. Bill Murray ladies and gentlemen, the only man who can survive such a disaster by being Bill Murray.
Zombieland was originall meant to be a TV show, believe it or not, before it became a film. Thanks to the cult success of that flick though, Zombieland is headed to the small screen frontier, to tackle life after with the shambling dead around.
A pilot has just finished shooting for the proposed series, which features an all new cast. Izabela Vidovic is your Little Rock, Wichita is played by Maiara Walsh, Tyler Ross is the prepared Columbus and Kirk Ward is the sharp-shooting Tallahassee.
The show is debuting on Amazon of all places, and is currently in the editing suite getting ready for that online debut. Speaking to Slash Film, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick say that as usual, the pilot episode will determine if there is a future or not for a Zombieland TV series;
Amazon is doing something unprecedented They’re taking all their pilots and they’re airing them all simultaneously on the same day. They’re going to use the next month or so as a litmus test to decide which ones to move forward on and they’re gonna know exactly how many people stream each one. It really is a chance for the fans to come out and support Zombieland, check it out and if they like it, vote with their computer mouse.
And here’s the official press release from Amazon, in case you felt like some digital fluff today:
Amazon Studios, the original movie and series production arm of Amazon.com, today announced it will add cult classic Zombieland to the line-up of pilots already in production for Prime Instant Video. Zombieland, which is the seventh comedy pilot added to Amazon’s pilot line-up, will be made available (along with the other six comedy pilots and six children’s pilots) for free on Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM UK. Customers are invited to view the pilots and then review them on the site; customer feedback will help determine which of the 13 pilots Amazon Studios will make into full-season productions, to air on Prime Instant Video.
“Zombieland is a fan favorite and we can’t wait to see where this story line goes in a serialized format,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “We’ve been announcing a lot of exciting exclusive content for Prime Instant Video, like Downton Abbey, Under the Dome, and Justified, and we think adding original shows to that lineup is going to make Prime even more enticing for customers.”
Zombieland is based on the hit Columbia Pictures movie of the same name, and finds four survivors outwitting zombies and searching for a place to call home. The Zombieland pilot comes from the feature film’s original creative team, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Joe Schmo Show), and producer Gavin Polone (Gilmore Girls, Curb Your Enthusiasm). Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) is directing the pilot.
The part of Tallahassee will be played by Kirk Ward (The Island), Maiara Walsh (Desperate Housewives, Switched at Birth,) is cast as Wichita, Tyler Ross (Milkshake) will play Columbus, and Izabela Vidovic has the role of Little Rock.
“Zombieland will strive to break the rules—action, adventure, thrills, chills and laughs and all packed into a half hour format, said creator Paul Wernick. “This is not your average show but Amazon is not your average network.”
If you have yet to see Zombieland, make a plan. It’s funny, charming and serious without falling prey to the usual genre conventions, thanks to a great cast and direction.
Last Updated: March 26, 2013