Zombieland Heading to TV With Original Writers Attached

Yeah, that’s right Zombieland the TV show.  How freaking awesome is that going to be?  I’ve been one of the many who’ve pined for another Zombieland movie, and I’ve had my heart broken time and time again as members of the cast have dashed any hopes of a sequel coming soon.

Zombieland TV show

Thankfully though, there seems to be a little ray of light.  Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the writers of the first movie, have now been brought on as writers for a 30-minute Zombieland television show, according to Vulture, that studios want to have out by 2012-2013. Before you start questioning this, it’s important to remember that the original idea for Zombieland (before the movie) was to make a TV show.  The numbers didn’t work at the time, and the studios weren’t willing to take a risk on a weekly zombie show at the time.

However, with the surprising success of the movie, and proof now from AMC’s The Walking Dead, that zombie shows can work, FOX and Sony are suddenly very interested.  Sure, we’ll miss out on some of the more R-rated aspects of the movie, but I have no doubt they can still make this a strong show.

Zombieland TV show

Reese and Wernick have been developing ideas for a Zombieland show for years now and it’s something they’ve been wanting to do for a while.  With them on board, I’m confident that this show could be awesome:

“We always thought [it should be a TV series]. If you watch the movie with that in mind, you will see some remnants of the television show. We have the ‘Zombie Kill of the Week,’ which was always intended to happen every week. The movie ends on a cliffhanger; it doesn’t have a real resolution.”

The only real downside is that if the show goes through, it’s going to kill any chance at a theatrical sequel, and vice versa.  On top of that, with a TV show, there’s very little real chance that any of the principal actors won’t be returning.  This means a recast, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing either.  The best policy right now is to wait and see. I’m cautiously optimistic for this being successful (though I’m not thrilled by the 30 minute time limit).  I have confidence in the writers to deliver even with a toned down rating and new actors.

-Jordan