The fun-time comedy zombie flick, Zombieland is on its way to television with its own Amazon produced series. But to do that, they’re going to need to cast some actors. The plan is to follow the same group of characters from the movie, so the bodies they choose will have to be able to measure up to the talent that already held those roles – no easy task. Well, it looks like the first two casting decisions have been made.
Tyler Ross (Milkshake) will be taking on the role of Columbus while relative newcomer Izabela Vidovic has been cast as Little Rock. Of course, since Zombieland is now a series these actors won’t be completely confined to what their predecessors brought to the table. No doubt they’ll be able to mold and fit the characters to the developments in the show and put a little bit of themselves in there somewhere.
Two down and two to go, not to mention whoever new they decide to throw into the mix. Though I wonder what poor bastard will end up with the job of trying to fill Woody Harrelson’s shoes.
Zombieland via TV will start off with a pilot written by the original movie writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and directed by Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil). The two writers will further be sticking around in an executive producer capacity.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
There’s been rumblings of a Zombieland sequel or television show ever since the movie became such a hit. It’s easily one of the more original movies to shamble out of the zombie fad, and with zombies not going away anytime soon it might be time to revisit with Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock. io9 got their hands on a few script pages being used for casting, apparently starting today, and they provide us with a glimpse of what’s in store if a weekly TV show were to happen.
Below is io9‘s Charlie Jane Anders‘ summary of the differences between the movie’s characters and what they’re looking to cast for the show,
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.
Wichita is still trying to look after Little Rock, trying to teach her math with problems about someone stealing from a liquor store and jumping on a train going 42 miles per hour, with a cop chasing in a car going 88 miles per hour. We also learn a lot more about Wichita’s backstory, including how she ran away from her father after he had her stealing people’s Christmas presents — and later, she found out she had a sister who was also being a grifter with her dad.
Little Rock seems actually kind of excited about meeting Columbus’ grandparents, before they turn out to be zombies. And she shares some of her own backstory, about how her dad parked her at a school while he went off grifting on his own — and then yanked her out of school right before a dance that she was looking forward to.
Sounds like things would pick up not long after the film’s events, what with Tallahassee and Columbus being chummier. I also like learning more of Wichita and Little Rock’s backstory. Plus, with the visit to the grandparents and the romantic evening at IKEA going awry it sounds like the show won’t lose the film’s humor.
There’s also these two new, probably minor, characters they’re casting,
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.
I’m not 100% sure how this works into a post-apocalyptic world, but it sounds funny nonetheless. Maybe this is part of Tallahassee’s backstory.
If this is really happening this time, I like what I’m reading. It’d be great to have a 30-minute zombie comedy to combat against The Walking Dead‘s more serious and dire take on the zombie apocalypse. What do you think? Too much zombies on TV? Is there such a thing?