For 30 years now, The Tick has existed on the periphery of comic book culture in the realm of cult appreciation, but near mainstream obscurity. Sure, there have been attempts to create a successful transition to other media, but The Tick’s cult status has been one that’s difficult to shake, especially for ratings hungry TV networks. But in the era of Peak TV, you don’t need millions of viewers to be a successful series, and in the same way that streaming video sites have saved numerous cult-favourite IPs, The Tick was chosen for resurrection by Amazon, and now, you’re guaranteed to get at least one full season of the new Tick. (more…)
Word is out today that an old childhood favorite from those wonderful Kroft Brothers is making its way back into production with Amazon Studios. Sigmund and the Seas Monsters has been ordered to pilot with a redesigned and upgraded look. Could this be the start of a revival for more of those classic 70’s Saturday morning kids shows?
In a world where remakes and reboots seem to outnumber original projects by 10 to 1 comes yet another old movie being turned into a television series. This one is the campy sci-fi classic known as Barbarella. And while news of its production has been on and off again, it does appear as if the series has finally found a home – on Amazon. (more…)
Word is out that the Zombielandtelevision series was not picked up by Amazon Studios after posting the pilot episode, directed by Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale Versus Evil) online with an invitation for viewers to voice their feedback on the show. Things quickly went downhill, resulting in Amazon Studios decision to pass on the show.
The series developers can still shop the show around to other networks and platforms, but will anyone else want to take a chance on the series? One of the series creators, Rhett Reese, took to Twitter to announce the news and vent a little at zombie fans.
Reese puts the blame squarely on the reaction Zombieland movie fans displayed towards the pilot.
Director Eli Craig has already moved on to his next movie project Little Evil, based on a script he wrote back before he went on the Tucker and Dale Versus Evil press rounds.
Amazon began streaming its highly anticipated new series – a follow-up to the popular horror-comedy Zombieland – today (like the title says). Unfortunately, it wasn’t up long before the site mysteriously pulled the pilot. According to BleedingCool, it’ll be back up in 24 hours or so. You can still go to Amazon, but all you’ll get is a “Coming Soon” message.
In the meantime, check out the trailer: It looks pretty badass 🙂
Back when I was a young, fresh-faced probie Bastard, I reported on Amazon Studios’ plans to produce a Zombieland TV series – a follow-up to Ruben Fleischer’s remarkably successful horror-comedy. Now that I’m a grizzled, jaded 3-month veteran Bastard, I get to update my story with cast info, and a word from the writers about Amazon‘s plans for the show.
Above is one of the first pics of the assembled cast – primarily consisting of newcomers: (left to right) Izabel Vidovic (Little Rock), Kirk Ward (Tallahassee – more to come on him), Maiara Walsh (Wichita), and Tyler Ross (Columbus).
Zombieland the series features the same writing team as the film: Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (whom you may have just read about here on NerdBastards today regarding the planned Deadpool flick). The pilot is being directed by Eli Craig (Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil). It will begin streaming on Amazon on a yet-to-be determined, yet not-long-off date.
Here’s what Reese had to say about what fans can do to keep the show going on Amazon if they like it:
Amazon is doing something unprecedented They’re taking all their pilots and they’re airing them all simultaneously on the same day. They’re going to use the next month or so as a litmus test to decide which ones to move forward on and they’re gonna know exactly how many people stream each one. It really is a chance for the fans to come out and support Zombieland, check it out and if they like it, vote with their computer mouse.
Best of luck, Zombieland!
Actor/stand-up comedian Kirk Ward snagged the all-important lead role of Tallahassee. Ward is somewhat less of an unknown than his castmates, having appeared in small roles in films like The Island, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Forrest Gump, and Lords Of Dogtown. He’s also received accolades for his one-man show: 3 Stories Tall, which he has performed across the U.S.
Hopefully, Ward‘s comedic experience will help him fill Woody Harrelson’s shoes. Indeed, the quality of their new Tallahassee could well make or break this series.
And finally, here’s a few pics from the set of Zombieland courtesy of Screencrush. Just in case fans of the film might be questioning if the series will maintain the level of gore they’ve come to expect from the brand.
Amazon Studios has big ambitions to get into the independent movie-making game, attempting to rival Netflix and get a piece of the money to be had. Of the 16 different projects that they currently have going, one in particular stands out as having the potential to be one of the best, or perhaps worst of the lot. It is called Zombies vs. Gladiators and it’s about… well, zombies fighting Roman gladiators.
At first glance this sounds like something that you’d see popping up as a target for Rifftrax. At second glance, however, you’ll find that famous horror icon Clive Barker has attached his name to the project in the form of a rewrite on the script. Is this just an attempt to make the movie marketable? Let’s examine the facts, shall we?
Here’s a brief release on the general plot of the film:
…a shaman about to die in the Coliseum casts a spell that rouses history’s first wave of zombies. It’s up to a gladiator to stop the spread of the zombie horde and save Rome.
Okay, still sounding like a big, fat turkey. Let’s hear what Mr. Barker has to say about the project:
I’m excited by the opportunity to interweave two very rich narrative threads. One of them concerns itself with the reality of the decadence of Rome and its rise and fall. The other is a fantastical narrative element – the living dead. My brief to myself on this project is to give the audience not only zombies they have never seen before but also a Rome they have never seen before.
From the way he describes it, the movie starts to sound a little tasty. The potential for a stylistic film filled with Barker’s classic horror elements is there. But the third and final test – will Amazon simply take his rewrite and then do whatever they feel is going to sell rather than stick to what the author produces? Will what can be a unique and interesting concept be mired down in production and directorial decisions that defy common sense and good taste?
Here’s a hopeful statement from Barker on that note:
Amazon Studios offered up the dream ticket with this project. In twenty five years of working in this town, I’ve rarely had people listen to what I had to say as closely and as carefully as they did and then simply give me the freedom to go do it.
Well, the movie is passing the tests, at least in theory. Unfortunately, other than the name and the blurbs, little else in known about the project. Rumors put Barker as director, though these are unconfirmed. Still, Zombies vs. Gladiators has the potential to be either one cool cult classic or a huge pile of grade-B cinematic vomit.
Keep your fingers crossed, Nerdreaders, and check back for more breaking developments from The Bastards.