Zombieland is one of those unexpected and delightful movies. I swear, everytime it’s on tv, I make a point to watch for like 15 or 20 minutes. I’m not alone in that, I suspect. In 2009 it became one of that year’s biggest sleeper hits, eventually taking in more than $100 million at the worldwide box office.
Now, as Vulture reports, the movie is being adapted into a show for FOX. It would be a half-hour sitcom. The movie was originally going to be a show on CBS, but they passed. Eventually SyFy took a flyer and passed too. That was back in 2005.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writers of the movie, are on board for the show’s development. As Reese told MTV News last year, “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.”
Sadly, the three leads in the movie — Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson — wouldn’t be in the show, now would their characters. Anyway, this is a great idea and could really work. Obviously, The Walking Dead has proved that enough people still clamor for a good zombie kill, but that show always seems tedious and boring. Suspenseful, yes, but the characters are dumb and nothing ever happens.
Maybe this zom-com could change that.