Amazon has finally announced one of the worst kept secrets around: Zombieland is coming to the company as an original series.
Zombieland, based on the 2009 film of the same name, marks the seventh comedy pilot that Amazon has given the greenlight to, and the 13th overall. Each of the pilots will be streamed for free on Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM UK so that customers van view them and leave reviews. This feedback from the customers will help determine which pilots will continue on to a full season order.
In the case of Zombieland, the original creative team behind the film – writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick – will be back to shape the series despite a complete change in the cast. (Did anyone really think Jesse Eisenberg or Emma Stone would be back unless it was a film sequel?)
No word as of yet when the pilots will be available for viewing, but we'll keep you posted.
Prime Instant Video Greenlights Zombieland Original Series Pilot from Sony Pictures Television
Amazon Studios adds another comedy pilot for customers to enjoy for free—customer feedback will help determine which of the 13 pilots will be made into full-season productions
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar. 25, 2013– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Studios, the original movie and series production arm of Amazon.com, today announced it will add cult classic Zombieland to the line-up of pilots already in production for Prime Instant Video. Zombieland, which is the seventh comedy pilot added to Amazon's pilot line-up, will be made available (along with the other six comedy pilots and six children's pilots) for free on Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM UK. Customers are invited to view the pilots and then review them on the site; customer feedback will help determine which of the 13 pilots Amazon Studios will make into full-season productions, to air on Prime Instant Video.
"Zombieland is a fan favorite and we can't wait to see where this story line goes in a serialized format," said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. "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."
Zombieland is based on the hit Columbia Pictures movie of the same name, and finds four survivors outwitting zombies and searching for a place to call home. The Zombieland pilot comes from the feature film's original creative team, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Joe Schmo Show), and producer Gavin Polone (Gilmore Girls, Curb Your Enthusiasm). Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) is directing the pilot.
The part of Tallahassee will be played by Kirk Ward (The Island), Maiara Walsh (Desperate Housewives, Switched at Birth) is cast as Wichita, Tyler Ross (Milkshake) will play Columbus, and Izabela Vidovic has the role of Little Rock.
"Zombieland will strive to break the rules—action, adventure, thrills, chills and laughs and all packed into a half hour format," said creator Paul Wernick. "This is not your average show but Amazon is not your average network."
Comprehensive cast and crew information, including bios and filmographies, is available on Amazon's IMDb (www.imdb.com), the world's most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content.
Amazon Studios, the original movie and series production arm of Amazon.com, has begun production on six comedy pilots, Alpha House, Browsers, Dark Minions, Onion News Empire, Supanatural and Those Who Can't. Additionally, six children's series are also currently in production, including Creative Galaxy, Oz Adventures, Teeny Tiny Dogs, Tumbleaf, Sara Solves It, and The Untitled J.J. Johnson Project.