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Zombieland to get pilot episode from Amazon


Story by Jack Foley

MOVIE hit Zombieland is heading to the small screen thanks to Amazon Studios.

As part of its commitment to making more original programmes, the online player has opted to turn the Woody Harrelson-Jesse Eisenberg comedy into a potential new series.

Customers will be able to watch the Sony Pictures TV-produced effort along with 12 other pilots for free and then help determine which of them will be made into full-season productions to air on Prime Instant Video in the US.

Amazon Studios director Roy Price in a statement: “Zombieland is a fan favourite and we can’t wait to see where this story line goes in a serialized format. We’ve been announcing a lot of exciting exclusive content for Prime Instant Video, like Downton Abbey, Under The Dome and Justified and we think adding original shows to that lineup is going to make Prime even more enticing for customers.”

The pilot will follow four survivors as they attempt to outwit zombies and search for a place to call home. It is being put together by the movie’s original creative team, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and producer Gavin Polone. Eli Craig (of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil fame) will direct.

Needless to say, the original movie stars won’t be returning. But Kirk Ward (The Island) has been cast as Tallahassee, with Maiara Walsh (Desperate Housewives), Tyler Ross (Milkshake) and Izabela Vidovic playing Wichita, Columbus and Little Rock, respectively

Co-writer Wernick said: “Zombieland will strive to break the rules: action, adventure, thrills, chills and laughs and all packed into a half-hour format. This is not your average show, but Amazon is not your average network.”

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