Amazon has always been a leader in online retail, but when they got into the online video streaming market, they had some catching up to do. Following in the footsteps of Netflix and Hulu Plus, Amazon’s Prime Instant Video is now in the business of producing original content. The first on their list is the TV adaptation of Ruben Fleischer’s 2009 hit movie, Zombieland. It’s now official: Amazon ordered the Zombieland TV series to pilot.
According to THR, Amazon Studios director Roy Price announced that the online retailer will be introducing new TV series to their Prime Instant Video service. Along with Zombieland, Amazon will order 11 new TV pilots (five comedies, six children’s shows). Price explained:
‘Zombieland is a fan favorite, and we can’t wait to see where this storyline goes in a serialized format,’ said the Amazon Studios director in a statement. ‘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.’
The Zombieland TV series has been rumored since 2011, and now it’s actually going to happen. Amazon also confirmed the cast of Zombieland, which include Kirk Ward (The Island) in the role of Tallahassee, Maiara Walsh (Desperate Housewives) as Wichita, Tyler Ross (Milkshake) as Columbus, and Izabela Vidovic as Little Rock.
The TV series will pick up after the events of the movie, where we find our group of zombie survivalists traveling through the United States in search of refuge and Twinkies. Two new characters, Fred and Ainsley, who were office workers before the zombie apocalypse, will also join them.
Zombieland’s movie writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, wrote the TV pilot, and will serve as executive producers on the series, alongside the movie’s producer, Gavin Polone. Zombieland was originally written to be a TV series, but then expanded to a movie in 2009.
‘Zombieland will strive to break the rules: action, adventure, thrills, chills and laughs and all packed into a half-hour format,’ said Wernick. ‘This is not your average show, but Amazon is not your average network.’
It sounds like Zombieland will be a light-hearted version of The Walking Dead, but just as bloody and gruesome. You can check out the first look of the TV series right here.