January 27, 2013

Zombieland Sequel Dies, Reanimates as Series (Maybe)

Anyone who has read my review of Zombieland knows that I was generally ambivalent about the recent zombie comedy erring on the side of dislike, so I certainly wasn't counting myself among commentators disappointed to hear the news that a theatrical sequel was no longer in development.

Of course, nothing zombie stays dead for long. There are now reports that Amazon has stepped in to begin talks with Sony TV to produce a direct-to-series sequel of Zombieland for Amazon Instant

It's all rumours and talk right now, but word is that original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are still on board as writers and co-executive producers while director Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) could come on to helm one or more episodes.

This I am actually interested in. Since it's highly unlikely that any of the original cast would return for a series on demand, this could be a chance to bring in some fresh talent. Zombieland's brand of comedy just didn't work for me mainly because I find Jesse Eisenberg almost intolerable in his role, so bringing in a new actor and a tighter "for-TV" pace could really give the franchise a shot in the arm. And Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil was one of my favorite movies of last year. Maybe things are looking up for Zombieland after all.

Eli Craig (left foreground) directs hapless hillbillies on the set of Tucker and Dale
 But who knows? The whole plan could fall apart and we might never see the continuing adventures of Tallahassee and Columbus.

I don't necessarily think that would be a bad thing.