Is Zombieland Back From The Dead As A TV Show?

By Dr. Know on January 18th, 2013

Is Zombieland back from the dead as a TV show?

It may very well be. Before Zombieland became a box office smash in 2009, the project was initially envisioned as a weekly TV series. For a variety of reasons, things changed and it became one of the surprise theatrical hits of 2009. Naturally, after scoring box office gold talk of a sequel began, of course, but according to director Ruben Fleischer it’s a slim possibility at best.

Then, reports surfaced in late 2011 that CBS was considering a Zombieland TV series, and now some casting calls for the show have leaked online that appear to confirm that the show is indeed in development. The gang over at io9 managed to get their paws on some pages of the pilot script that are being used for casting calls, and they reveal a slightly different take on the characters originally played by the likes of Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in the movie.

No word if Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick also penned the script for this pilot since they’ve been busy on Fox’s proposed Deadpool movie as well as the behind-the-scenes Gong Show that is G.I. Joe: Retaliation. At this point it’s anyone’s guess if the character breakdowns below will remain as such for a proposed pilot

Here’s how the characters would be portrayed on the potential show:

Tallahassee is still kind of a snarky weirdo, but he seems to have a much less spiky relationship with Columbus. He and Columbus have a pretty amusing thing where they riff on the fact that Steven Seagal movies always have three-word titles like “Marked for Justice” or “May Cause Diarrhea.” But Tallahassee also dispenses homespun wisdom about how to feel happy with your life. He also tells a weird story about being in a trailer park with a perpetually nude Matthew McConaughey. He also has a somewhat heartwarming scene where he tells Columbus that he’s been wandering aimlessly for a long time, but maybe he’s been put here for a reason — to help Columbus and the others.

Columbus is much the same, except that he tracks down his grandma and grandpa (Bubbie and Peepaw) only to find them recently zombiefied. Also, Columbus is trying to deal with his newfound relationship with Wichita, after their first kiss. He has started calling her “Krista,” her real name — but there are some problems, especially after she finds him reading a book about fatherhood. He tries to organize a romantic scavenger hunt for her in the IKEA they’re camping out in, but it goes kind of horribly.

Wichita is still trying to look after Little Rock, trying to teach her math with problems about someone stealing from a liquor store and jumping on a train going 42 miles per hour, with a cop chasing in a car going 88 miles per hour. We also learn a lot more about Wichita’s back story, including how she ran away from her father after he had her stealing people’s Christmas presents — and later, she found out she had a sister who was also being a grifter with her dad.

Little Rock seems actually kind of excited about meeting Columbus’ grandparents, before they turn out to be zombies. And she shares some of her own backstory, about how her dad parked her at a school while he went off grifting on his own — and then yanked her out of school right before a dance that she was looking forward to.

Fred and Ainsley are two office workers at the start of the zombie apocalypse, obliviously complaining about problems with their iPhones and getting the wrong order at Starbucks, which they admit are “first world problems” with a hashtag — while people are being disemboweled just outside the window they’re not facing. Tallahassee shows up to bring them their lunch orders, wearing a green polo shirt.

Seems to be in line with the tone of the movie, but I’m not too sure how a half-hour sit-com about zombies will work. That’s not to say that I hope it doesn’t. I do.

Stay tuned as more details are bond to come in with this concept finally moving forward.