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Amazon's Zombieland cancelled; executive producer claims it was 'hated out of existence'

05.17.2013by: Kevin Woods
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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.

Extra Tidbit: Did you get a chance to check out "Zombieland" on Amazon? Are you glad it got canned?

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10:43PM on 05/18/2013

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I think some people were disapointed that the orginal actors had no involvement in this series...and these TV actors didnt seem to do the series justice. I specially didnt like the new guy playing Tallahassee..
I think some people were disapointed that the orginal actors had no involvement in this series...and these TV actors didnt seem to do the series justice. I specially didnt like the new guy playing Tallahassee..
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1:59PM on 05/17/2013

It's Simple...

No one wanted to see other actors portraying those characters. It was just a bad idea, if you insist on you doing a Zombieland series(which again, is a bad idea), create new characters.
No one wanted to see other actors portraying those characters. It was just a bad idea, if you insist on you doing a Zombieland series(which again, is a bad idea), create new characters.
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11:09AM on 05/17/2013

Mercifully it's cancelled.

Maybe if they churned out a better product, the fans wouldn't have hated it so much. Recasting the characters from the movies was a poor idea. It felt like the Adams Family sequels that went straight to dvd in the late 90's. They would have been better off creating brand new characters in the already established world of the film. Plus the zombie effects were terrible.
Maybe if they churned out a better product, the fans wouldn't have hated it so much. Recasting the characters from the movies was a poor idea. It felt like the Adams Family sequels that went straight to dvd in the late 90's. They would have been better off creating brand new characters in the already established world of the film. Plus the zombie effects were terrible.
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1:36PM on 05/17/2013
I agree. The decision to recast the roles was the first major flaw. It was hard to care about anything else after that. Though the writing, jokes, performances, and effects were all really bad too.
I agree. The decision to recast the roles was the first major flaw. It was hard to care about anything else after that. Though the writing, jokes, performances, and effects were all really bad too.
10:18AM on 05/17/2013
It would be nice if, by this logic, we could love a proper movie sequel "IN" to existence.
It would be nice if, by this logic, we could love a proper movie sequel "IN" to existence.
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10:34AM on 05/17/2013
Too true...too true!
Too true...too true!
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