Back in 2011, after the huge cult gathering was generated from the movie ‘Zombieland’ in 2009, writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese signed on to revert their creation back to its original form: a television show. Fans were excited to get more of Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock, but there were no major updates on the project until 2013 when director Ruben Fleischer said that the chances of another movie were slim. However, shortly after that, Amazon announced that it would be developing the show for their streaming service, similar to what Netflix was doing with ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Hemlock Grove’. After finding cast members Tyler Ross, Izabela Vidovic, Maiara Walsh, and Kirk Ward, they were off to the races.
Recently, in an interview with Collider, Reese and Wernick revealed some new information about the pilot for the Amazon Studios and Sony TV collaboration based on the major motion picture. First of all, they stated that we wouldn’t have to wait very long for the pilot because it will be streaming next month. Then, based on how popular the pilot is, the “network” will determine if the series will get the full 13-episode order. The writers also mention that the show will take place two weeks after the movie and it’ll feature the same tone as their film, so they’re not looking to do another version of ‘The Walking Dead’.
For the whole interview with all that information and more, check out the video below:
The craziest thing that I got from all of this is the way that Amazon is handling their pilots. That is a very cool model for releasing shows. Leaving it up to the viewers and what they want to see is quite an interesting way to go about it, as opposed to Netflix doing the whole season and then releasing it all at once. Exploring this uncharted territory is exciting.
In addition to the writers talking about the show, Amazon (via /Film) released a press release this week as well featuring the first look at the new cast of ‘Zombieland’. Check out the first official cast photo below:
What do you think about Amazon’s new half-hour comedy series, ‘Zombieland’? How do you think the new cast will stack up against the old one? Do you think this show will get enough views to move forward with a full season order? Share your thoughts in the comment section.