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Just yesterday, Amazon revealed that it will not proceed with the "Zombieland" TV series, despite acquiring rights to a popular movie and bringing "Zombieland" creators Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese to write the pilot episode. It turns out that Amazon made a big mistake when it announced that the pilot episode will be available online for fans to watch. And that the company will then decide whether to proceed with the TV series based on criticism from fans. "Our 'Zombieland' series will not be moving forward on Amazon. Sad for everyone involved," Reese wrote on his Twitter account. "I'll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard 'Zombieland' fans. You guys successfully hated it out of existence." The biggest problem is that fans kept comparing the episode to the movie, which is why most of the complaints focused on terrible acting and poor production quality. In other words, »
It has been a long time coming, but Zombieland has finally come back from the dead. The 2009 cult movie went through a number of rumored iterations, including a film sequel, a TV series, and an animated series. It finally landed as a pilot for Amazon Studios. What is different about the Amazon model of programming is that the pilot is online, allowing anyone in America to watch it and leave comments. It is this super-direct focus group mentality that will decide whether more episodes are made.
We spoke with Zombieland writers and creators Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick about the many different versions of their story, what we can expect from a TV series, and what it is like working with Amazon.
It's kind of widely known that Zombieland started as a television pilot. Why don't you give us a little bit of the history of how it began and »
- Alyse Wax
Recently we had a chance to sit down via conference call with co-creators/executive producers of Amazon TV's "Zombieland" (review) Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and we've come back with a transcript of the highlights!
First up, a little bit of the history of how it began and how it has evolved to where it is now on Amazon...
Rhett Reese: Well, we always intended Zombieland to be a television series. And we originally sold a pilot script to CBS back in 2005. They decided not to make it, which was a blessing in disguise because that pilot script we ultimately expanded into the move Zombieland.
When Zombieland came out and succeeded as it did, there was a lot of talk of a Zombieland 2, a sequel. And we tried very, very hard to make that happen. Unfortunately the movie gods didn't smile on us. We had a few key »
- Uncle Creepy
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, writers of Zombieland and the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation, confirmed to ComingSoon.net that Zombieland 2 is officially on hold, as if there were any doubts about that. The duo, however, have an active part in the upcoming Amazon series. Inside, they talk about the project - which apparently will hit sometime next month (!) - and their involvement.
Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale Versus Evil) directed the pilot. It was revealed yesterday that Amazon will monitor viewer feedback to determine whether the pilot will go to series.
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When director Ruben Fleischer’s 2009 film Zombieland turned out to be a huge hit, talk immediately turned to a prospective sequel for the comedy. Since Zombieland was originally envisioned as a weekly TV series by screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick before it was reimagined as a feature film, most figured the sequel would be on a fast track to theaters. However, like many projects in Hollywood, what sounded like a good idea never made it to the starting gate, and Fleischer recently told us that the chances of Zombieland 2 coming to fruition are very slim. However, if you've been waiting to see more post-apocalyptic adventures with Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock, you're not going to have to wait much longer. As we've previously reported, Amazon Studios and Sony TV have teamed up to create a pilot for a Zombieland TV series that continues the story on the small screen, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Plans for continuing the adventures of the Zombieland characters are afoot, but not as a feature film. Instead, it looks like Zombieland will become a series (which it had been originally planned to be). The twist is that the Zombieland serial won't be likely broadcast on network television, or even cable. Instead, the Zombieland show is being developed as part of Amazon's slate of original programming.
Casting sheets were first uncovered last week by io9. The four main characters from the 2009 Zombieland movie -- Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock -- will be the show's primary characters. It looks like the series setting will be post-Zombieland movie events, so that budding romantic relationship between Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg's character) and Wichita (Emma Stone's character) is still in its early stages of forming. The quirky personality traits that we saw manifest in the show seem to be included in »
- Patrick Sauriol
When director Ruben Fleischer’s 2009 film Zombieland turned out to be a huge hit, talk immediately turned to a prospective sequel for the comedy. Producers weren’t exactly lacking for ideas for the follow-up, since Zombieland was originally envisioned as a weekly TV series before it was reimagined as a feature film. While Fleischer recently told us that the chances of Zombieland 2 coming to fruition are very slim, it now appears that the TV show might be coming back from the dead. Reports surfaced in late 2011 that CBS was mulling over a Zombieland TV series, and now some casting calls for the show have leaked online that appear to confirm that the show is indeed in development. Hit the jump for story and character details on Zombieland 2.0. The folks over at io9 got their hands on some pages of the pilot script that are being used for casting calls, »
- Adam Chitwood
To be perfectly honest with you, I’m kind of surprised that Ruben Fleischer’s “Zombieland” has gotten so much love from moviegoers. It wasn’t a particularly great zombie movie. It had its moments, sure, and who can hate any movie with a shotgun packing Emma Stone, but still, come on guys, it wasn’t that great. But hey, it did made a ton of money at the box office back in 2009 ($102 million on a $24 million dollar budget), which inevitably leads to the studio wanting a sequel. Last we heard, the film’s original writers had a script. Now to hear Fleischer tell it, that script didn’t do it for him, and as a result, he doesn’t foresee a “Zombieland 2″ coming anytime soon. While out promoting his gangster flick “Gangster Squad”, Fleischer told the boys at Collider this when it comes to “Zombieland 2″: I hate to do it, »
With two successful comedies under his belt (Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less), director Ruben Fleischer is making his big budget debut with this weekend’s crime pic Gangster Squad. Steve recently spoke with the director in anticipation of the film’s release, and during the course of their interview they covered a few other subjects. Yesterday we shared what he had to say about the prospects of Zombieland 2, and today we’ve got Fleischer’s thoughts on the feature film adaptation of the video game Spy Hunter that he’s attached to direct. He revealed that he wants to make a lighter, fun version of a spy movie with Spy Hunter, talked about references to the game that he hopes to include in the film, and revealed they're in the process of "pitching our ideas to what the movie would be to the studio." Hit the jump for more. »
- Adam Chitwood
The last time director Ruben Fleischer spoke about Zombieland 2, he said that though everyone wants to do it, the project was seeming less and less like a reality. If you think that sounded grim, wait till you see his new comments.
Collider caught up with Fleischer recently, and the filmmaker had this to say...
"I hate to do it, but I can say that there’s no immediate plans to make the movie. There’s no script, really, so the likelihood of it happening is slim. But I would not wanna put a nail in that coffin."
So if the movie did happen, and that's a really big if, which direction would it take? Fleischer explains, "I guess the only thing I could really say is that the threat to our heroes wasn’t only zombies, like they encounter other people that they’re all jockeying for positions."
And so it goes. »
- Uncle Creepy
Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer hit the press junket circuit over the weekend and tricklings of Zombieland 2 quotes are being scattered across the web. None of them are particularly interesting, however, they are depressing...if you were expecting the sequel.
The director of Zombieland told Collider recently, "I hate to do it, but I can say that there’s no immediate plans to make the movie. There’s no script, really, so the likelihood of it happening is slim. But I would not wanna put a nail in that coffin."
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With Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad about to hit UK cinemas, the director has taken the time to discuss Zombieland 2, and sadly, the news isn’t entirely positive. “I hate to do it, but I can say that there’s no immediate plans to make the movie,” says Fleischer in an interview with Collider. “There’s no script, really, so the likelihood of it happening is slim. But I would not wanna put a nail in that coffin.” However, it isn’t the studio that is holding the project back, but rather...
- George Wales
Zombies have invaded the zeitgeist like not much else over the past few years, but undoubtedly one of the best things to come out of this so-called “zombie craze” is director Ruben Fleischer’s 2009 comedy Zombieland. Boosted by an incredibly strong cast, a whip-smart and funny script, excitingly refreshing visuals from Flesicher, and one of the best cameos in recent memory, the pic grossed over $100 million against a budget of just $23 million. Shortly after its release, talk turned to a sequel, but development on the follow-up has slowed considerably over the past couple of years. Fleischer is poised to make his big budget debut with the crime drama Gangster Squad, opening this coming Friday, and Steve recently sat down with the filmmaker for an exclusive interview. During the course of their conversation, Fleischer offered an update on Zombieland 2, revealing that there are no immediate plans for the sequel and »
- Adam Chitwood
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