This may be the sign of the times, but it appears the new Zombieland TV series is making its way to Amazon.com instead of onto a traditional broadcast network. Amazon is looking to develop this new series for their Instant Video streaming service.
The new Zombieland TV series could be a major attraction to bring more eyeballs to their Instant Video streaming, which is currently in third place behind bigger streaming video services like Netflix and Hulu. With DVD rental company RedBox also looking to get into the online streaming business, Amazon had to do something to separate themselves from the herd. Original programming is becoming a bigger attraction for these streaming services, especially Netflix, so it makes sense that Amazon would want to stay competitive.
Last week, io9.com obtained a few script pages of the new Zombieland TV series. These pages were for use in casting the four main roles of Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock (played in the movie by Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin, respectively). According to io9, the 20-minute episodes will have the same type of humor as its feature film counterpart, will focus more on the Columbus and Wichita romance as the group becomes a closer family unit, and, of course, will include more bloody zombie kills.
Before director Ruben Fleisher made his Zombieland movie in 2009, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were developing the story and the characters for CBS TV. The TV series was later scrapped and re-worked into the movie we know and love today. After the success of the movie, Fox and Sony Pictures Television were developing the property for a TV format. Now it looks like Zombieland will finally find a home on Amazon.