Hopes of a ‘Zombieland 2’ movie may be dashed according to director Ruben Fleischer, but it looks like plans are moving forward to develop a 30 minute sitcom based on the film and Amazon is heading the project.
Much like Netflix did with ‘Hemlock Grove,’ Amazon is looking to enter the realm of original programming and has chosen ‘Zombieland’ as one of their first projects.
Back in 2011, ‘Zombieland’ writers, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, spoke about a TV project but with no news about the progress since then, it was thought that the series was either stalled in development or scrapped altogether.
Now it seems that a pilot is underway. Script pages for the casting call for the TV version of ‘Zombieland’ have been obtained by io9 and while it is in no way a guaranteed indication of what to expect in the actual pilot, it does offer an intriguing look at the vision of the series. Like anything else dealing with casting, what are on the pages are not necessarily what will be in the final version but who knows? The casting notes for Joss Whedon’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ seemed to be right on once casting was completed.
Here’s the breakdown of the characters according to those pages:
Tallahassee is still kind of a snarky weirdo, but he seems to have a much less spiky relationship with Columbus. He and Columbus have a pretty amusing thing where they riff on the fact that Steven Seagal movies always have three-word titles like “Marked for Justice” or “May Cause Diarrhea.” But Tallahassee also dispenses homespun wisdom about how to feel happy with your life. He also tells a weird story about being in a trailer park with a perpetually nude Matthew McConaughey. He also has a somewhat heartwarming scene where he tells Columbus that he’s been wandering aimlessly for a long time, but maybe he’s been put here for a reason — to help Columbus and the others.
Columbus is much the same, except that he tracks down his grandma and grandpa (Bubbie and Peepaw) only to find them recently zombiefied. Also, Columbus is trying to deal with his newfound relationship with Wichita, after their first kiss. He has started calling her “Krista,” her real name — but there are some problems, especially after she finds him reading a book about fatherhood. He tries to organize a romantic scavenger hunt for her in the IKEA they’re camping out in, but it goes kind of horribly.
Wichita is still trying to look after Little Rock, trying to teach her math with problems about someone stealing from a liquor store and jumping on a train going 42 miles per hour, with a cop chasing in a car going 88 miles per hour. We also learn a lot more about Wichita’s backstory, including how she ran away from her father after he had her stealing people’s Christmas presents — and later, she found out she had a sister who was also being a grifter with her dad.
Little Rock seems actually kind of excited about meeting Columbus’ grandparents, before they turn out to be zombies. And she shares some of her own backstory, about how her dad parked her at a school while he went off grifting on his own — and then yanked her out of school right before a dance that she was looking forward to.
Fred and Ainsley are two office workers at the start of the zombie apocalypse, obliviously complaining about problems with their iPhones and getting the wrong order at Starbucks, which they admit are “first world problems” with a hashtag — while people are being disembowled just outside the window they’re not facing. Tallahassee shows up to bring them their lunch orders, wearing a green polo shirt.
You may recall, several networks originally passed on ‘Zombieland’ in 2005 when it was pitched as a series. The creators then took several of their TV scripts and adapted them into a movie screenplay and made ‘Zombieland’ the film in 2009. The movie has since and has grossed $102 million and gained a cult following. It’s no wonder Amazon has decided to pick up this project.
While there has been no official word when the pilot or series will be available, ScienceFiction.com will keep an eye out and give you more details when they arise.
Are you happy to hear about a ‘Zombieland’ series or would you rather have a sequel to the film?