Amazon is deciding which of its eight comedy pilots are getting picked up this week, and it looks like Zombieland won't be one of them. "Our Zombieland series will not be moving forward on Amazon," the show/movie's co-creator Rhett Rheese tweeted yesterday. He added, "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." Zombieland was the only existing franchise, besides The Onion, that Amazon made into a pilot, but being compared to the movie it's based on didn't win the pilot any favors. The [...]
Online retailer Amazon is making a big push to develop original TV content a la Netflix, and they've debuted a slate of eight original comedy pilots on their streaming service Amazon Instant Video today. Unlike regular TV networks, who film a bunch of pilots but don't let the public see them, Amazon is letting users see all of its pilots to decide which ones they will order to series based on viewer response. Here's a list of the eight pilots screening on Amazon today and summaries from the web site so that you know what your options are:
Alpha HouseAlpha House was written by Academy Award nominee [...]
Amazon.com is making a big push to develop original comedy shows to air on its streaming service, and the online retailer announced today its highest-profile comedy pilot yet: a TV version of the 2009 hit horror-comedy Zombieland. A Zombieland pilot was originally in development at Fox, but the project moved to Amazon earlier this year. The pilot itself has already been shot and cast, with Kirk Ward taking over Woody Harrelson's role as Tallahassee, Maiara Walsh as Emma Stone's Wichita, Izabela Vidovic as Abigail Breslin's Little Rock, and Tyler Ross as Jesse Eisenberg's Columbus. Unlike regular TV networks, who throw the pilots they don't pick up to [...]
Last month, online retailer Amazon released its first batch of original TV pilots online, allowing viewers to have a hand in deciding which ones get picked up to full series. With the broadcast networks announcing which pilots they're picking up this week, Deadline reports that Amazon will be announcing their new shows too. The company has started notifying the shows that are getting series orders, and Deadline writes that things are looking good for Alpha House and Betas, with Onion News Empire and Zombieland having solid chances as well. The report doesn't mention Those Who Can't, the schoolteacher comedy from Denver group The Grawlix that topped our list of [...]
Online retailer Amazon filmed a TV pilot based on the 2009 horror-comedy Zombieland, and here's your first glimpse of what it looks like. While a new group of actors have replaced the lead characters, the show comes from the same writers as the movie. The pilot will be debuting on Amazon soon, and the website will choose whether to order it to series based on audience feedback. So be sure you make your strong feelings about the pilot known, unlike quietly keeping your opinions to yourself like everyone else on the internet. This is your one chance to make an exception.
The prospect of a TV show based on the movie Zombieland was first floated in late 2011 when Fox was developing the half-hour show, but since then, there haven't been any updates about the project… until now. The series is apparently moving forward, though it's not known whether Fox is still involved. The blog IO9 reports that casting calls just went out this week, so the show is indeed active again. Original Zombieland stars, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin, aren't expected to return since they're all way too big to do TV these days. Their characters, however, will be the stars of the show – [...]
Amazon.com kicked off its expansion into creating original TV series on Friday with the debut of eight comedy pilots. While some of the shows come from established entities, like one from The Onion and another starring John Goodman, many of them feature unknowns in the casts and as creators. Amazon is making a bold and risky choice by breaking away from the way TV networks are run by letting audiences see all of its pilots and choosing which ones get picked up to series on the basis of viewer response. Letting audiences pick the shows they want to watch is a smart move, but allowing viewers to decide the fates off [...]
Amazon just released this image and a poster (below) from its pilot for a show based on the movie Zombieland that'll be premiering on its new streaming service. The show will compete with a slew of other comedy pilots Amazon puts online, with the most popular ones getting picked up to series. Kirk Ward, Maiara Walsh, Izabela Vidovic, and Tyler Ross star, taking over the roles played in the movie by Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and Jesse Eisenberg, respectively. It seems silly to judge a show off of just a photo and a poster without having seen a second of it, so let's hold off on [...]
If anything would get Bill Murray out of his opulent solid gold mansion for a day, it's the chance to slip into some prosthetic rotting flesh for Fox's new Zombieland TV show. In addition to leveraging our collective love of the teeming undead masses, the 2009 film's writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick would also be penning the show, which is rumored for the 2012-2013 season. Over at Vulture, Zombieland producer Gavin Polone reveals that CBS had originally ordered a Zombieland pilot script back in 2005, as "[t]he original plan for this was to make it as a TV show." As to be expected, hopes were high [...]
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