ZOMBIELAND 2 Back from the Dead with New Writer; Ruben Fleischer Intends to Direct

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Could it be that Zombieland 2 might actually happen after all?  The 2009 comedy was a big hit with both audiences and critics, putting a smart spin on the zombie genre with an excellent ensemble and one of the best-used cameos in recent memory.  Sony Pictures was keen on making a sequel, as was some of the cast (most notably Woody Harrelson), but they were never able to come up with a script that everyone was happy with.  Last we heard—which was nearly two years ago—director Ruben Fleischer said there were no immediate plans for Zombieland 2, and Amazon even attempted a Zombieland TV series that was met with a resounding “no thank you.”

But now it appears that there’s life in the follow-up yet, as Sony has hired a new screenwriter to pen a script under the supervision of Fleischer, who intends to return as director.  More after the jump.

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick Talk ZOMBIELAND Series, the Journey from Movie to TV, Working with Amazon, Keeping the Same Characters and More

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Based on the 2009 cult classic film, the Zombieland TV pilot is now available for viewing on Amazon Instant Video, and customer feedback, viewership numbers and other factors will decide whether it will be picked up to series. In the series, fearless foursome Tallahassee (Kirk Ward), Columbus (Tyler Ross), Wichita (Maiara Walsh) and Little Rock (Izabela Vidovic) search for a place to call home while they eliminate zombies along the way.

During this recent interview to discuss the TV version of Zombieland, co-creators and executive producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick talked about the journey from TV series to movie and now back to TV pilot, what it’s been like to work with Amazon, what motivated the decision to have the same characters from the movie on the TV show, how they envision it as a road show, how much gore they can have, what Kirk Ward (who was originally cast as Tallahassee before being replaced by Woody Harrelson) brings to this version of the character, what led them to the 30-minute format, whether they could have any surprise cameos (Bill Murray made a very memorable one in the film), what will determine whether the pilot is successful enough to go to series, and when they might know if they’re picked up.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

ZOMBIELAND Series Pilot is Dead on Arrival

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It ain’t easy taking a popular cult film and adapting it into a successful TV series (emphasis on successful), but the advent of alternative digital platforms such as Netflix and Hulu are opening up more possibilities.  Enter Amazon and it’s Zombieland series pilot.  The series comes from Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and stars Tyler Ross (Milkshake) as Columbus, Maiara Walsh (Switched at Birth) as Wichita, Izabela Vidovic (Help for the Holidays) as Little Rock, and Kirk Ward (Fully Loaded) as Tallahassee.  Reese and Wernick are hoping for a 13-episode first season, but if this pilot is any indication, then they’ll be struggling to abide by Rule #33: Keep Hope Alive.  Hit the jump for my review.

Trailer for Amazon’s ZOMBIELAND TV Series; Watch the Full Pilot Online for Free

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Today Amazon has unveiled the pilot for its TV series adaptation of Zombieland, along with the trailer for the show.  The series comes from Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and stars Tyler Ross (Milkshake) as Columbus, Maiara Walsh (Switched at Birth) as Wichita, Izabela Vidovic (Help for the Holidays) as Little Rock, and Kirk Ward (Fully Loaded) as Tallahassee.  The story picks up two weeks after the movie ended, and Amazon is taking an atypical approach to its new pilots in that viewers get to vote on which ones they want to see picked up to series.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to find out how you can watch the full Zombieland pilot for free.

First Image and Poster for Amazon’s ZOMBIELAND TV Show

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The first image and poster for Amazon’s potential Zombieland TV show have made their way online.  The pilot comes from screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who also wrote the film, and stars Tyler Ross (Milkshake) as Columbus, Maiara Walsh (Switched at Birth) as Wichita, Izabela Vidovic (Help for the Holidays) as Little Rock, and Kirk Ward (Fully Loaded) as Tallahassee.  The story picks up two weeks after the movie ended and Reese and Wernick are hoping for a 13-episode first season.  Amazon is taking a unique approach to their potential series, though, as they’re making all of their pilots available online and letting fans decide which ones move forward as fully-fledged TV shows.

Hit the jump to check out the image and poster, and click here if you missed Steve’s interview with Reese and Wernick in which they talked about the Zombieland show.

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick Talk G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, the ZOMBIELAND Pilot, VENOM, DEADPOOL, and Other Future Projects

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Jon M. Chu’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation is now playing in theaters.  The sequel’s story finds the Joes disbanded and outnumbered as they must square off against not only the Cobras, but also threats within their own government.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation stars Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum,  D.J. Cotrona, Elodie YungRay ParkByung-hun Lee, Ray Stevenson, Walton Goggins, RZA and Adrianne Palicki For more on the film, here’s clips, images, on set interviews, and all our previous coverage.

Last weekend, I sat down with screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick for an extended interview.  Over the past few days we’ve posted what they said about their Zombieland pilot, the Deadpool movie, and their take on Venom.  However, that was just the tip of the iceberg because during the interview we also talked about making G.I. Joe, the nine-minute dialogue-free action sequence featuring Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, the 3D post conversion, changes from the original G.I. Joe, landing the job, and other future projects like an HBO series, a sci-fi tent-pole for Sony, Universal’s Cowboy Ninja Vikings, and Bad Robot’s Micronauts.  Hit the jump to watch.

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick Talk Amazon Studios ZOMBIELAND Pilot; Starts 2 Weeks After Movie Ended, Aiming for 13 Episode First Season

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When director Ruben Fleischer’s 2009 film Zombieland turned out to be a huge hit, talk immediately turned to a prospective sequel for the comedy.  Since Zombieland was originally envisioned as a weekly TV series by screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick before it was reimagined as a feature film, most figured the sequel would be on a fast track to theaters.  However, like many projects in Hollywood, what sounded like a good idea never made it to the starting gate, and Fleischer recently told us that the chances of Zombieland 2 coming to fruition are very slim.  However, if you’ve been waiting to see more post-apocalyptic adventures with Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock, you’re not going to have to wait much longer.

As we’ve previously reported, Amazon Studios and Sony TV have teamed up to create a pilot for a Zombieland TV series that continues the story on the small screen, with new actors playing the key roles.  While we knew the pilot had recently been shot, details about the show have been under wraps.  So when I sat down a few hours ago with Reese and Wernick for G.I. Joe: Retaliation (which they also wrote), I got an update on the pilot.  The big news is the show starts two weeks after the movie ended and it’s got the same tone (they’re not trying to make another Walking Dead).  Amazon is going to put the pilot online next month and if enough people watch, it’s going to get a 13-episode first season.  Hit the jump for more.

Pilot Casting: Josh Holloway Leads INTELLIGENCE; Andre Braugher to Star Opposite Andy Samberg in Fox Sitcom; Maira Walsh Joins ZOMBIELAND TV Series

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A bit of TV pilot casting, starting with an item for those of you who wondered where Josh Holloway went after Lost signed off in 2010:

  • Holloway is back to play “a former Navy SEAL and dedicated intelligence officer” in the CBS drama Intelligence.
  • Andre Braugher (Last Resort) and Melissa Fumero (One Life to Live) will star opposite Andy Samberg and Terry Crews in the untitled Fox sitcom from Parks and Recreation writers Mike Schur and Dan Goor.
  • Maiara Walsh (Switched at Birth) will take over for Emma Stone to play Wichita in the Zombieland TV series.

Hit the jump for more on each pilot.

ZOMBIELAND Pilot Lands Two Leads; Season 3 of AMERICAN HORROR STORY Features Returning Cast Members Frances Conroy and Taissa Farmiga

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After news that Amazon Studios and Sony TV would be producing the pilot for the Zombieland series, some casting and plot information became available.  Now, it looks like two of the four leads have been filled.  Tyler Ross (Milkshake) will play Columbus (portrayed in the 2009 film by Jesse Eisenberg) while up-and-comer Izabela Vidovic (Help for the Holidays) will star as Little Rock (played by Abigail Breslin in the feature).  Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote the feature script as well as that of the pilot, which continues the post-apocalyptic adventures of the foursome that also includes Tallahassee and Wichita.

Hit the jump for more on Zombieland as well as casting news on season three of FX’s American Horror Story

ZOMBIELAND TV Show Back from the Dead? Casting Call Reveals Character and Story Details

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When director Ruben Fleischer’s 2009 film Zombieland turned out to be a huge hit, talk immediately turned to a prospective sequel for the comedy.  Producers weren’t exactly lacking for ideas for the follow-up, since Zombieland was originally envisioned as a weekly TV series before it was reimagined as a feature film.  While Fleischer recently told us that the chances of Zombieland 2 coming to fruition are very slim, it now appears that the TV show might be coming back from the dead.  Reports surfaced in late 2011 that CBS was mulling over a Zombieland TV series, and now some casting calls for the show have leaked online that appear to confirm that the show is indeed in development.  Hit the jump for story and character details on Zombieland 2.0.

Ruben Fleischer Offers ZOMBIELAND 2 Update; Says There Are No Immediate Plans for the Film and Teases Storyline

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Zombies have invaded the zeitgeist like not much else over the past few years, but undoubtedly one of the best things to come out of this so-called “zombie craze” is director Ruben Fleischer’s 2009 comedy Zombieland.  Boosted by an incredibly strong cast, a whip-smart and funny script, excitingly refreshing visuals from Flesicher, and one of the best cameos in recent memory, the pic grossed over $100 million against a budget of just $23 million.  Shortly after its release, talk turned to a sequel, but development on the follow-up has slowed considerably over the past couple of years.

Fleischer is poised to make his big budget debut with the crime drama Gangster Squad, opening this coming Friday, and Steve recently sat down with the filmmaker for an exclusive interview.  During the course of their conversation, Fleischer offered an update on Zombieland 2, revealing that there are no immediate plans for the sequel and development stalled because they didn’t have a script that everyone was happy with.  Furthermore, Fleischer teased the storyline that they had come up with for the follow-up.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

ZOMBIELAND TV Series Planned for Fox; Original Writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese Attached

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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.

Weekend Box Office – RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Still on Top with $27.5 Million; THE HELP a Strong Second with $25.5 Million

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So much for a slow-pace in these final weeks of summer.  Along with a strong holdover performance from Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes at number one, the box office was crowded with four new releases: one which seriously over-performed (The Help), one which very seriously underperformed (Glee The 3D Concert Movie) and two which fell somewhere in between.

Title Weekend Total
1 Rise of the Planet of the Apes $27,500,000 $104.8
2 The Help $25,500,000 $35.4
3 Final Destination 5 $18,400,000 $18.4
4 The Smurfs $13,500,000 $101.5
5 30 Minutes or Less $13,000,000 $13
6 Cowboys and Aliens $7,610,000 $81.4
7 Captain America $7,125,000 $146.8
8 Crazy Stupid Love $6,930,000 $55.4
9 Harry Potter 7b $6,875,000 $356.9
10 The Change-Up $6,279,000 $25.7

Columbia Pictures Seeking a New Star To Cameo In ZOMBIELAND 2; Updated

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Columbia Pictures has another “superstar cameo” up their sleeves for Zombieland 2, the sequel to Ruben Fleischer’s hilarious 2009 zom-com. The news is tantalisingly sparse but hints that the studios are searching for another famed movie icon to briefly feature in the new film and presumably echo the hilarity of the mind-blowing surprise cameo in Zombieland. Also, we’ve news that in their second undead-bashing misadventure together, zombies aren’t the only blight for Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg to combat, as the script requires a ‘lead villain’ who’ll inevitably cause some trouble, and Harrelson’s character finds himself in hot competition with a “hunky rival”. Is it possible that this rival may transpire to be the ‘love interest’ we heard talk of in the past?

Hit the jump for suggestions of who might cameo. Spoilers and speculative spoilers follow.

UPDATE: Screenwriter Rhett Reese has denied the Zombieland 2 cameo rumors.  Hit the jump for more.

Emma Stone Quotes Admiral Akbar in our EASY A Video Interview

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If you DON’T like Emma Stone, I think there must be something wrong with you.  Stone has lit up the screen in several supporting roles from The House Bunny to Zombieland.  Finally carrying the tag of lead actor in Screen Gems’ Easy A, Stone plays Olive Penderghast who finds herself through — some fault of her own — at the swirling center of a rumor mill that leads to her being ostracized much like literary character Hester Pryn (from the book she’s studying in English Class).  At the Easy A press junket, Stone had plenty to say about adolescence, the challenges of carrying a film, and how she feels about the Zombieland sequel.  Watch the full interview after the jump.

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