We heard plans of an original “Zombieland” series long ago but it’s now official. Sort of.
Amazon Studios, the original movie and series production branch of Amazon.com, announced today that it will add Zombieland to the string of pilots already in production for Prime Instant Video. Zombieland is the seventh comedy pilot added to Amazon’s pilot line-up and will be made available for free on Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM UK. Customers will be invited to view the pilots and review them on the site. After launch customer and viewer feedback will help determine which of the 13 total pilots Amazon Studios will take into full-season productions. In other words, if viewers like the Zombieland pilot Amazon just may turn it into a full episodic series on Amazon Prime Instant Video!
Here’s more from the official press release:
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.”
No details have been released yet just when the pilot will be released, but you can be sure we’ll bring you the news when we have a date! What are your thoughts? Will you be watching the pilot? Do you think a Zombieland series is a good idea? Let us know in the comments section below.