Writers Still Determined to Bring Zombieland to Prime Time TV

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writers behind Zombieland and its upcoming sequel, originally conceived the Zombieland universe as a TV show. Well, obviously that didn’t work out, but if you really pay attention to the film, it’s hard to deny that it pretty much feels like several bits of episodic television all glued together. Box office success hasn’t changed their minds about makin’ good on their small screen aspirations though.

In an interview with MTV the writing duo had lots to say on the subject of following up the films with a TV series.

What we would do probably is recast it – or at least, our four leads,” Reese said of the unlikely possibility that Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and the others would want to do weekly TV series years from now. “And then, beyond that, we can introduce any characters we want – and that was going to be the joy of the TV show, bringing in new people and killing them off, not killing them off, depending on how we felt about them. We really wanted to explore that.

It would have to be shot differently,” Wernick said of the blood and gore restrictions that would also need to be taken into consideration. “It’s funny; you write action and you write gore, and you write horror and it’s all how its shot, how it’s presented. You can write it as graphic as you want, it’s just [up to the director] to cut away on the gory stuff on TV. Whereas, you would show it with the clown and the mallet in the movie, where the blood squirts all over the place.”

We always thought [it should be a TV series],” Reese added, saying that the duo have pages of still-unused ideas at this point, waiting to be dusted off for future Zombieland storylines. “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. [The movie’s ending] is just our guys driving off into the sunset for some new adventures. That’s because that’s how the television pilot ended.

Watch the whole video interview below.

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  • SelfMedicatedBlues13

    I concur, I cant see this making a good “prime time” series. I’d love a sequel and would give a series a chance but I cant see it really being worth while.

  • Terminal

    It’s interesting but I don’t think I could see Zombieland every single week. I mean I loved the movie but I loved it as a MOVIE. All those gimmicks would have worn very thin. And you couldn’t possibly have had a Zombie kill of the week on television. Because then you’d have to find new disgusting ways to kill zombies and it wouldn’t cut it on prime time. I’m ready for a sequel, but I don’t know if I’d stick with a series for very long.