As Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese originally made their name as writers/creators of the reality TV series The Joe Schmo Show, it simply made sense that their next project would be aimed at airing on the small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