I could almost hear the groans of disappointment when I recently announced that Zombieland 2 was unlikely to be released. Well, get ready to turn those groans into cautiously optimistic whoops of joy. We've just received some pretty interesting news. Broadcast Now has announced that although Columbus, Tallahassee and Co may not be returning in a film sequel, they will be appearing in a new Zombieland TV series produced by Amazon.
Although this might sound like a surprising move, Zombieland was actually originally envisioned as a serialized zombie comedy as opposed to a feature film. So in many ways it's a return to the original concept. Indeed, although the film turned out to be one of the better horror-comedies around, its use of cutaways, voice-over and graphics could also lend it nicely to the small screen.
Amazon is planning to develop the series into 30-minute episodes, although it's currently unclear how they plan to distribute it. Zombieland will most likely be released via their Prime Instant Video Service – a facility similar to Netflix which allows for online and on-demand streaming. However, with its greater resources, some kind of home release is certainly not impossible. Originally CBS was attached to produce the project, but with Amazon now taking the reins, this may longer be the case.
What will this Zombieland TV series look like? Well, we've already got a few sneak peeks courtesy of a leaked casting breakdown. Although it showed Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock returning, they may be slightly different from their big screen incarnations. For example, according to i09:
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.
However, they will also be joined by some new fresh faces:
Fred and Ainsley are two office workers at the start of the zombie apocalypse, obliviously complaining about problems with their iPhones and getting the wrong order at Starbucks, which they admit are "first world problems" with a hashtag — while people are being disembowled just outside the window they're not facing. Tallahassee shows up to bring them their lunch orders, wearing a green polo shirt.
Although the characters are returning, this is definitely no guarantee that we will see , , or . I think all of these guys, especially Stone, now have schedules which leaves little time for an Amazon produced TV series. We can expect much more news for this exciting project, so make sure to [[follow]] the series to get all the latest Zombieland news sent straight to you.
With that in mind, will you watch a Zombieland without these guys? And if so, who could possibly play them? Let us know below!