The underrated 2009 horror comedy “Zombieland” may get a second, undead life on television.
The movie, which starred Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson, earned $75.6 million in the United States and another $27 million overseas, and its success (the reported budget was under $25 million) gave rise to talk about a sequel. That’s unlikely to happen now, but it’s because Sony Pictures TV and FOX are talking about developing a TV series based on the film.
That’s actually how “Zombieland” began anyway: As Vulture explains, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (who, incidentally, co-created the late, great “Joe Schmo Show”) initially developed the idea as a TV series and got as far as selling a script to CBS several years ago. Nothing came of that deal, though, so they eventually reworked the material into the feature film.
But “The Walking Dead” — whose second season premiered to record ratings on Sunday (Oct. 16) — has shown there’s an audience for zombies on TV. It was maybe just a matter of time before someone revisited the idea of a “Zombieland” series.
Reese told MTV last year that he and Wernick “always thought” of “Zombieland” as a TV show. “If you watch the movie with that in mind, you will see some remnants of the television show,” he said. “We have the ‘Zombie Kill of the Week,’ which was always intended to happen every week.” They also liked the idea of “bringing in new people and killing them off, not killing them off, depending on how we felt about them.”
What do you think of the idea? Would you watch a “Zombieland” series?