Zombieland Heads to the Small Screen


Just a few months ago, Ruben Fleischer, the director of the original Zombieland, told ComingSoon.net that a film sequel wasn’t happening anytime soon. Today, The Hollywood Reporter has an update, explaining that a followup to the 2009 comedy hit is, indeed, in the works, but that it’s heading for the small screen.

Planned as a half-hour show, “Zombieland” is being developed by Sony Pictures Television and 20th Century Fox and, if it moves forward, will likely replace any big screen sequel. The original writers of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are involved, but the full cast is unlikely to return. Whether that means recasting the same characters or focusing on new ones altogether remains to be seen.

The news breaks after this morning’s report of the second season premiere of “The Walking Dead” breaking the all-time basic cable record for viewers. That zombie-themed show achieved an audience of 7.3 million last night.

The original Zombieland, which ended up starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, was originally being developed as a TV pilot.