For those of you who may not know, Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland was originally slated to be a TV series before eventually turning into a feature film. While doing press rounds for his latest film, Gangster Squad, Fleischer buried an axe into the idea of a sequel to Zombieland because there is currently no script.
Now, it appears that Zombieland is rising from the grave as a TV series. io9 reports that casting sheets went out yesterday for the show’s leading characters. It looks like the series plans to use all of the same characters of Columbus, Wichita, Tallahassee and Little Rock while adding a couple of new players, being Fred and Ainsley.
Here’s an idea as to what you can expect from the new characters, “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 disembowled just outside the window they’re not facing. Tallahassee shows up to bring them their lunch orders, wearing a green polo shirt.”
With all the success that The Walking Dead has found, it’s no surprise that there’s interest in moving forward with a Zombieland series. I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead — even though it is more depressing than a Million Dollar Baby / Precious double feature, so it will be nice to see the lighter side of a zombie series.
Head over to i09 for more details.
So what do you guys think? Do you like the idea of them using all of the same characters even though they won’t be casting the original actors that portrayed them?