‘Zombieland’ TV Series: Writer Reacts to Amazon’s Decision to Pass
Late last night we were saddened to hear that for all its potential and pilot mixed reception, Amazon's 'Zombieland' TV series wouldn't move forward with a full season under the streaming-content service. Production of a TV series following Ruben Fleischer's 2009 film had been much debate, but what does series and film writer Rhett Reese have to say of Amazon's decision? Find out the future of 'Zombieland' inside!
Despite fan enthusiasm for Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to continue their 'Zombieland' franchise beyond the 2009 film with a TV series, yesterday we learned that Amazon officially decided to pass on the project, declining to cite their reason. True, critical reception to the pilot had been mixed, most complaints surrounding the decision to utilize the same characters with different actors, though series writer Rhett Reese expressed over Twitter his surprise over the show's passing.
Our Zombieland series will not be moving forward on Amazon. Sad for everyone involved...I'll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans. You guys successfully hated it out of existence...Anyway, we did our best, and we're very proud of our team.
‘Zombieland’ the TV series picked up two weeks after the events of the 2009 film, and featured a cast comprised of Kirk Ward as Tallahassee, Maiara Walsh as Wichita, Tyler Ross as Columbus, and Izabela Vodovic as Little Rock. Original ‘Zombieland’ writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote the pilot and executive produced the show alongside the movie’s producer, Gavin Polone.
Also worth noting was that Reese and Wernick had originally pitched 'Zombieland' as a TV series in 2005, with Ward eyed for the role of Tallahassee, before the project finally moved forward as a movie in 2009.
Though unlikely, the possibility remains that another outlet could pick up the 'Zombieland' TV series where Amazon left off, but what say you? Did the pilot receive an unfair reaction that prevented Amazon from picking it up? Watch the trailer below, and tell us where you think the 'Zombieland' TV series trailer went wrong in the comments!