Things are progressing pretty quickly for Amazon’s Zombieland television series. Only last week we learned Tyler Ross and Izabela Vidovic had landed the roles of Columbus and Little Rock, and today THR is reporting Maiara Walsh has been cast as Wichita. Sure, she’s no Emma Stone, but I’m hopeful the brunette’s got the comedic timing and zombie bashing skills to fill the role.
The official show description for Wichita is, “a natural con-woman and tough girl who with her younger sister Little Rock teams up with Columbus to survive the zombie apocalypse and search for survivors,” which isn’t all that different from how the movie set her up, either.
Now we wait to hear who’ll be filling Woody Harrelson’s shoes in the role of boisterous ass kicker and Twinkie connoisseur, Tallahasee. Who do you think would make a good fit?
Source: Coming Soon
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?
Bon Temps is all shaken up! If you thought last seasons ending was a shocker, then think again. News has just hit the web that Alan Ball, the man who brought Charlaine Hariss’ addictive Sookie Stackhouse novels to the cable network HBO, will be stepping down from his position after True Blood Season 5. HBO gave Hollywood Reporter the following statement in response to the announcement:
When we extended our multiyear deal with Alan Ball in July 2011, we always intended that if we proceeded to True Blood’s sixth season that Alan would take a supervisory role on the series and not be the day-to-day showrunner. If we proceed to season six, the show will remain in the very capable hands of the talented team of writers and producers who have been with the show for a number of years. This is the best possible world for both HBO and Alan Ball. Alan will remain available as executive producer to consult and advise on True Blood and he will be free to develop new shows for both HBO and Cinemax. Banshee, on which Alan serves as executive producer, is the first in house series for Cinemax and is expected to begin production this spring.
This of course sends me, and I’m sure other die-hard fans of True Blood, in a worm-hole of shock. Even though the show has had its ups and downs plot-wise, it tried to stay true to the essence of the story line. We’ve all grown to love and hate different characters that stay in our memories, especially those off the wall sex scenes. (yummy) Alan Ball was reported to being “drained of energy” for the show after this last season and had this to say about his decision to leave:
“True Blood has been, and will continue to be, a highlight of not only my career but my life,” Ball said in a statement. “Because of the fantastic cast, writers, producers and crew, with whom I have been lucky enough to work these past five years, I know I could step back and the show will continue to thrive as I look forward to new and exciting ventures.”
Alan Ball is already getting ready to leave the sci-fi realm for a different project for both HBO and Cinemax, one of which is titled Banshee which he will be executive producer and the other being “Wichita, an hour-long medical drama in development at HBO about a Kansas surgeon who inadvertently becomes the focal point of a contemporary political, cultural and ethical war surrounding late-term abortions.” While these new projects he plans to focus on are great, will his departure from the show ‘hurt it in the long run or is new blood needed to bring an invigorating spice and allure back to the show?