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Does Zombieland have life as a TV series? Looks like it's possible!

Jan. 18, 2013by: Eric Walkuski
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Weren't we just putting the final nail in the coffin of more ZOMBIELAND last week? The film's director, Ruben Fleischer, talked down the possibility of a new movie, saying that the likelihood of it happening was slim, stomping significantly on the hopes of fans of the 2009 zom-com.

But that doesn't mean ZOMBIELAND is down for the count! In fact, it just might crawl out of the grave and appear on TV. That's where all the good stuff is being produced anyway, right?

This isn't the first time this transition to the boob tube has been brought up; back in October of 2011 the possibility first presented itself, with news that the film's original writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, would be handling scripting duties. Obviously, we haven't heard much about it since, and I think it's safe to say most of us forgot about it entirely. But CBS hasn't, and they're apparently sending out casting calls as we speak.

iO9 got their hands on the casting sheets, which indicate that the film's original crew consisting of Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock will return; a couple of new supporting players have been introduced as well. The 30-minute sitcom will evidently be in the same spirit as the film, with an added focus on the growing romance between Columbus and Wichita.

Here are their notes on Tallahassee and Columbus:

Tallahassee is still kind of a snarky weirdo, but he seems to have a much less spiky relationship with Columbus. He and Columbus have a pretty amusing thing where they riff on the fact that Steven Seagal movies always have three-word titles like "Marked for Justice" or "May Cause Diarrhea." But Tallahassee also dispenses homespun wisdom about how to feel happy with your life. He also tells a weird story about being in a trailer park with a perpetually nude Matthew McConaughey. He also has a somewhat heartwarming scene where he tells Columbus that he's been wandering aimlessly for a long time, but maybe he's been put here for a reason to help Columbus and the others.

Columbus is much the same, except that he tracks down his grandma and grandpa (Bubbie and Peepaw) only to find them recently zombiefied. Also, Columbus is trying to deal with his newfound relationship with Wichita, after their first kiss. He has started calling her "Krista," her real name but there are some problems, especially after she finds him reading a book about fatherhood. He tries to organize a romantic scavenger hunt for her in the IKEA they're camping out in, but it goes kind of horribly.

To read further character descriptions, head over to iO9. While the reaction to this news may be trepidation, I think it's worth waiting to find out more. Casting will be crucial; is it possible to insert new blood into these beloved characters?

Extra Tidbit: What do you think of the prospect of a ZOMBIELAND TV show, keeping in mind that the original cast is not going to return?
Source: iO9

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8:53AM on 01/19/2013
Not fussed if Jesse Eisenberg isn't going to be a part of this, BUT i hope Woody comes back as Tallahassee. He was perfectly cast and to see him on tv every week would be awesome!!
Not fussed if Jesse Eisenberg isn't going to be a part of this, BUT i hope Woody comes back as Tallahassee. He was perfectly cast and to see him on tv every week would be awesome!!
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11:47PM on 01/18/2013
It makes since seeing as it was always supposed to be a tv show before it was a movie. Gotta do the zombie kill of the week too!
It makes since seeing as it was always supposed to be a tv show before it was a movie. Gotta do the zombie kill of the week too!
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9:34PM on 01/18/2013

I'd watch it

I guarantee that this would work. I think it was on the commentary of the first DVD where they talked about how the story for the movie was originally written as the first few episodes of a tv series, which explains why it plays out so episodic. If it has the same writers then they would just be keeping with the original plan. It would take a little bit to get used to different actors in the role, most notably Woody Harrelson, but it could be done.
I guarantee that this would work. I think it was on the commentary of the first DVD where they talked about how the story for the movie was originally written as the first few episodes of a tv series, which explains why it plays out so episodic. If it has the same writers then they would just be keeping with the original plan. It would take a little bit to get used to different actors in the role, most notably Woody Harrelson, but it could be done.
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4:19PM on 01/18/2013
A Zombieland sitcom might very well not work. However, for now, I am hip to this news. Network television needs something to compete with cable's The Walking Dead. The zombie genre needs something new, and a comedy is a fresher approach to the zombie apocalypse story. And, CBS does some good shows. Hawaii Five O is a revamp of a classic, and it should not work. Yet, a person loves that show. CBS has some talent.
A Zombieland sitcom might very well not work. However, for now, I am hip to this news. Network television needs something to compete with cable's The Walking Dead. The zombie genre needs something new, and a comedy is a fresher approach to the zombie apocalypse story. And, CBS does some good shows. Hawaii Five O is a revamp of a classic, and it should not work. Yet, a person loves that show. CBS has some talent.
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