Amazon Prime Adds ‘Zombieland’ Pilot25 Mar, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Series based on movie joins 12 other pilots consumers can watch for free on Amazon Instant Video
The number 13 could be lucky for comedy pilot “Zombieland,” which joins six other comedy pilots and six children’s pilots in the running for full-series production on Amazon Prime Instant Video.
Amazon Studios March 25 announced a serialized comedy pilot based on the Sony Pictures movie Zombieland will be produced by Sony Pictures Television.
Consumers can watch all the pilots for free on Amazon Instant Video and Lovefilm Instant in the United Kingdom. Viewer feedback will determine which of the 13 pilots Amazon makes into full-season productions, to air on Prime Instant Video.
Prime Instant Video has joined Netflix, Microsoft Xbox Live and Hulu Plus in creating original serialized content in an effort to lure and sustain subscribers.
“We’ve been announcing a lot of exciting exclusive content for Prime Instant Video, like 'Downton Abbey', 'Under the Dome' and 'Justified,' and we think adding original shows to that lineup is going to make Prime even more enticing for customers,” Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, said in a statement.
"Zombieland" is based on the hit Columbia Pictures movie of the same name, and finds four survivors outwitting zombies and searching for a place to call home. The "Zombieland" pilot comes from the feature film’s original creative team, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, "The Joe Schmo Show") and producer Gavin Polone ("Gilmore Girls," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"). Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) is directing the pilot.
The part of Tallahassee will be played by Kirk Ward (The Island), Maiara Walsh ("Desperate Housewives," "Switched at Birth") is cast as Wichita, Tyler Ross (Milkshake) will play Columbus, and Izabela Vidovic has the role of Little Rock.
“'Zombieland' will strive to break the rules — action, adventure, thrills, chills and laughs and all packed into a half-hour format,” said creator Paul Wernick.
Amazon Studios has begun production on six comedy pilots, “Alpha House,” “Browsers,” “Dark Minions,” “Onion News Empire,” “Supanatural” and “Those Who Can’t.” Additionally, six children’s series are also currently in production, including “Creative Galaxy,” “Oz Adventures,” “Teeny Tiny Dogs,” “Tumbleaf,” “Sara Solves It” and “The Untitled J.J. Johnson Project.”