As Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese originally made their name as writers/creators of the reality TV series The Joe Schmo Show, it simply made sense that their next project would be aimed at airing on the small screen. The surprise came for the creative team when their project morphed from a TV show into a screenplay for the 2009 sleeper hit, Zombieland. Although we discussed the television origins of Zombieland during filming of the movie back in 2009, it seems as if the series now has new life…or undeath. Fox Broadcasting and Sony Pictures Television want to get Zombieland the series on the air by 2012-13. The only sticking point for the fans is that if the TV series is greenlit, the movie sequel may not happen, and vice versa.
Hit the jump for more on the small-screen version of Zombieland.
Eli Roth and Eric Newman teamed up as the creators of this August’s The Last Exorcism, and are getting together once again to produce the suspense thriller Psycho Thriller. Gavin Polone (producer of Zombieland) is set to direct, while Andrew Kevin Walker (Seven) penned the script. If you’re interested from those names and the title of the film alone, wait until you hear the plot… after the jump.
Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer has settled on an untitled buddy-cop action-comedy as his follow-up to his highly successful action-comedy-zombie film. According to THR, Mike Arnold and Chris Poole are writing the project based on an idea by Fleischer. Nicholas Stoller (director Forgetting Sarah Marshall) will produce alongside Gavin Polone (who also produced Zombieland)
Fleischer, unsurprisingly, has been a hot ticket as his $23 million zombie movie ended up gross $75 million domestic and registered an 89% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The director was offered to do Mission: Impossible 4 as well as 30 Minutes or Less, a comedy starring Danny McBride. However, Fleischer has said he will do Zombieland 2 and intends to shoot in 3D.
Kevin Kline has signed on to star in an untitled series for HBO, about a cardiac surgeon who is sentenced to 15 years in prison for murdering his mistress, and has to fix his life after he is released. According to Variety, the pilot will be written by Proof‘s David Auburn, who will executive produce with Kline, Judy Hofflund and Gavin Polone. The show will be Kevin Kline’s first TV series. He was recently nominated for an Emmy for his work on Great Performances. HBO has several other new series with name actors set to premiere, including Treme, Boardwalk Empire, and Game of Thrones, and shooting on David Milch’s Luck is set to begin soon.