They say never bite the hand that feeds. But the opposite side of that is, you don’t feed somebody a home-cooked meal at first and then give them an artificially flavored freezer version of the same meal afterward, expecting everything to go by smoothly. Also, when the thing that is biting is a zombie, run!
When Amazon ordered a pilot for a Zombieland series, there were no throngs of fans cheering from the rooftops, and during its time on Amazon Prime, the roofs continued to be free of jubilance. As I said then, it wasn’t terrible or anything. It just wasn’t that great, even when you take the film out of the equation. Do you know how hard it is to take Woody Harrelson out of an equation? Anyway, viewers got to choose what pilots Amazon kept, and viewers did not put Zombieland near the top of that list.
Show co-creator Rhett Reese gave his theories about why this happened via his Twitter account, and quite surprisingly, he did not blame the writing. Here is his Tweet run-down:
Our Zombieland series will not be moving forward on Amazon. Sad for everyone involved…I’ll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans. You guys successfully hated it out of existence…Anyway, we did our best, and we’re very proud of our team.
Hahaha. He actually gave a pretty good jab that doesn’t sound too much like whining, and that’s something. There’s no point in kicking a guy while he’s down, and it’s impossible to teach a zombie to play “Taps” on a bugle, so everyone just say their farewells. Assuming one of the 200 other avenues of televised fiction doesn’t step in.