We have some bad, but not unexpected, news on Amazon's "Zombieland" pilot. After debuting the pilot episode a few weeks back, Amazon has decided not to take it to series. Customers were invited to view the pilot and voice their feedback, and that feedback was going to help Amazon determine whether it should move forward with a series. But even before the show made it to Amazon fans of the original film were crying 'foul', which didn't bode well for the potential series. Once it was released...well, reviews were definitely mixed, to say the least.
Now "Zombieland" co-writer/executive producer Rhett Reese has taken to Twitter to vent a bit upon hearing the news that Amazon will not be moving forward with the series, stating...
Our Zombieland series will not be moving forward on Amazon. 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.
While I didn't outright hate it (there were elements that were enjoyable, although they were few and far between), it certainly didn't capture the magic of the first film. Personally, I would've liked to have seen more as most shows don't hit their stride until a few episodes in, but through Amazon's feedback system the people have spoken: Amazon's "Zombieland" is dead, and I doubt it will be rising from the grave again.
The show was based on the hit Columbia Pictures movie of the same name, and found our four survivors outwitting zombies and searching for a place to call home. The Zombieland pilot came 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) directed the pilot.