‘Zombieland’ TV Series Headed to Amazon?
A few days ago we heard the surprising, yet phenomenal report that CBS had decided to move forward with its 'Zombieland' TV series after all, after nearly two years spent in development. The series would pic up where Ruben Fleischer's 2009 film left off, albeit with new actors replacing the now-household names and a few new characters thrown into the mix. Now it seems that the initial reports may have been off, and the 'Zombieland' TV series might be headed to Amazon.com's streaming service instead. Get the latest on a 'Zombieland' TV series inside!
'Zombieland' might be headed to TV after all, but not exactly in the way you imagined. Where the series began development as a CBS TV series sometime in 2011, new reports from Broadcast claim that Amazon will develop the concept as a half-hour series for its streaming service, to feature all of the film's original characters along with "office worker" newcomers Fred and Ainsley.
'Zombieland' would be considered a major get for Amazon, which like Netflix has been seeking more and more original programming. Likely featuring an all-new cast for the established roles, the initial casting reports surfaced as follows:
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.
Intriguingly, 'Zombieland' writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick initially conceived the show for TV before Columbia stepped in for the 2009 film, but it remains unknown if either writer will have a role in the proposed TV series. The pair were attached to write the pilot of a potential 'Zombieland' series back in 2011.
Well, what say you? If 'Zombieland' comes back to life on TV, will Amazon do it justice? Would you rather see the show on a major network? Tell us what you want to see from a 'Zombieland TV series in the comments!