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

     October 17, 2011

As Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese originally made their name as writers/creators of the reality TV series The Joe Schmo Show, it simply made sense that their next project would be aimed at airing on the small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.

News of Zombieland’s recent developments for TV comes courtesy of Vulture, whose insider, Gavin Polone, was a producer on Zombieland. Polone confirms what our interview with Wernick and Reese teased out, that the show was originally meant for TV but the networks couldn’t make the numbers work. Now, with the success of not only the film version of Zombieland, but with a series like AMC’s The Walking Dead hitting its shambling stride in season 2, networks have a proof of concept.

Wernick and Reese may be busy with a slew of other projects, but Zombieland remains close to their still-beating hearts. Says Reese:

“We always thought [it should be a TV series]. If you watch the movie with that in mind, you will see some remnants of the television show. We have the ‘Zombie Kill of the Week,’ which was always intended to happen every week. The movie ends on a cliffhanger; it doesn’t have a real resolution.”

Although the original writing team of Wernick and Reese has been developing ideas for the series over the past few years, the principal actors from the film more than likely won’t cross over to the small screen. So who do you think should be cast as Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock? Or would you rather see new characters? (I’m partial to ‘Pittsburgh,’ myself.)

  • Tmo

    It won’t be able to hold its own against The Walking Dead. I will give it 2 seasons max their best bet would be to go ahead and get the sequel rolling for the big screen. The cast and writing was what made the movie great and the only way I would be behind a TV Series is if they had some high quality actors, but they would def have to go with new characters if they tried to recast the same ones it will fail.

  • Strong Enough

    I say sequel for the movies. You can’t replace Woody Harrelson

    • Dakota

      This, no matter who they find, everyone is going to say doesn’t live up to our standards after Woody. Besides, I want all of the original cast.

  • shane

    @ Tmo your right mate, you got years of top quality material to make episodes of the walking dead from and they can dip into it if they need it. as funny as zombieland is its a one trick pony trying to jump on the zombie bandwagon.

  • Judith Garcia

    It is a happens of not created sequel of this movie.it is good movie and do more business for cast.. http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110804001649AAF3Oc2

  • Mandy

    I think this could be a fun TV show! But if they do go that way rather than a movie sequel I’d def rather see all new characters than them trying to recast new actors.

  • DoubleA

    Way too much love for the Walking Dead here. The only good episode from season 1 was episode 2. High production value, but too many crappy characters and boring stories. After Season 1, I remember talking with my friend saying, “I rather see a Zombieland TV series.” Ask and you shall receive!

    • Dogg

      What he said. Walking Dead is hugely overrated. Take away the upgraded effects and it’s a “made for SyFy” series. I’m thrilled they’re giving Zombieland a go. If they stay true to the movie, it’ll be a huge hit.

  • Eric Nixon

    Oh, NOW they want to make it a TV show. No one wanted it when it originally pitched as a TV show. The only reason the movie even happened was because every network passed. I’d rather have a awesome sequel than a under-funded TV that’ll be cancelled before it’s given time to succeed, as is Fox’s M.O.

  • Chris

    The fact that amc’s “The Walking Dead” is walking strong the timing to start a zombieland serie is tremendously bad , but if they where to have the exact same cast en punchyness from the movie i sure as well wouldent miss an episode of it, id say go for it , gr chris

  • I Hate Fox

    Fox please feel free to keep your dirty hands off of Zombieland…i think a tv series would be outstanding, but i would also like to see it last for more than 1 or 2 (2 if there lucky) season. STAY AWAY FROM FOX!!!!!!! PS. I hate fox!