If you’ve been following Zombieland since its inception, then you’ll remember that this project first began as a pilot for a zombie television series. Then things happened and it became a movie, and since then The Walking Dead rose to prominence as the first zombie apocalypse series on TV. Doesn’t hurt that it’s adapted from an awesome source either.
A sequel for Zombieland was rumored for some time, but the creators themselves threw a wrench into the internet cog to disperse any more talk. Ruben Fleischer, the director, told reporters recently here that there were no immediate plans to make Zombieland 2 and that he’d like to revisit it some time later. He wants to concentrate his effort on bringing other projects to the silver screen and gain more experience, which is respectable. Nobody likes being a one-trick pony.
But now new reports have surfaced that CBS is interested in making the show a reality. Some casting calls got leaked on-line and it was revealed that these are all slightly different takes of the characters portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin. Tallahasse and Columbus, who is looking for his grandparents, are supposed to share a more “genial” relationship and Witchita’s roots as a con man goes back to her relationship with her father. It appears though that Little Rock’s role in the pilot script is more minimized and more reliant on Witchita, which is a shame because I liked the spunky and bright girl we saw in the movie. It’s not too late for a rewrite though, so we’ll see if they tweak the characters or not before the final product gets aired.
I think it’s cool that they’re revisiting the possibility of making this show, but will it be worth it? The Walking Dead found a good home for itself, despite all the drama between creators and AMC, because it airs on a cable network with less restrictions regarding violent content. If Zombieland lands a slot in CBS, we won’t be able to help but draw comparisons with what is already a successful show and scrutinize the fact that it’s basically a watered down version of the movie. The only edge it’ll have over The Walking Dead will be humor, but will that be enough to differentiate itself and gain a following of its own? That seems to be the gamble that CBS is mulling over, but in the end, I’m not sure they’ll be able to pull the trigger. It doesn’t help that this will probably require a budget just as big as The Walking Dead, but perhaps this is what they’ll have to do in order to combat the likes of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the rumored Star Wars TV Show from ABC. It’s going to be an interesting few years, observing what the other networks try to do to compete with Disney.
Written by Daniel Lee