Friday, January 18, 2013

Zombieland Comes To TV

Don't expect stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in the Zombieland TV show.
Hmm. Not sure how I feel about this. I really enjoyed director Ruben Fleischer's 2009 horror-comedy Zombieland, both as a fan of the zombie genre and just a fan of movies (although my bro-in-law was so put-off by all the gore that he walked out before the opening credits stopped rolling -- something I still give him a hard time about). While I'd hoped to see a big screen sequel to Woody Harrelson starrer (which also featured Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone), the likelihood of that happening dwindled to almost nil with word that the property's owners were taking it to TV, with casting already underway for the planned series (to possibly air on CBS). I guess this isn't all that surprising, what with the continued, sustained success of AMC's The Walking Dead three seasons in, but I do worry that it risks watering down a fun and fairly unique take on a hoary concept and turning it into...television.

That said, while my initial instinct is to sort of look down my nose at this, it's worth noting that the movie's writers, Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (who wrote the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation and also created The Joe Schmoe Show, Spike TV's excellent "reality show within a reality show") had originally pitched Zombieland for TV, but were rejected by pretty much every single network, prompting them to turn it into a movie. Of course, this being Hollywood, nothing begets imitation quite like a success, so the wheel has come back around and here we are talking about a Zombieland TV show. I'm not sure what, if any, involvement Reese & Wernick will have, but we can pretty much rest assured that none of the movie's stars will be making time for a weekly skein. Click over here for some more details, as well as character breakdowns for the potential series.

(Source: io9)

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