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Online spin-off series from Zombieland movie cancelled – after poorly received pilot

Posted by Rich Cross on May 28, 2013

Despite the current popularity of a wide range of post-apocalyptic serial dramas, the genre is still not immune from abrupt cancellations.

As a follow-up to the 2009 big-screen, post-apocalyptic ‘zombie comedy’ Zombieland, Amazon commissioned a pilot for an online-only Zombieland series in early 2013, with a view to producing a full episodic spin-off show.

Director of Amazon Studios Roy Price was enthused by the prospects for the online network’s new commission (one of 13 prospective series given the pilot treatment), reporting that: “Zombieland is a fan favourite and we can’t wait to see where this storyline goes in a serialised format.”

The trailer for the pilot (see below) generated a lot of interest in the new show, and confirmed that the series would retain the same mix of gore, horror and comedy as the original film:

 


 

However, the pilot, co-written by the original Zombieland screenplay writer Rhett Reese, was not well received, and Amazon cancelled all plans for the series, which will now not go into production. Says Reese: “I’ll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans. You guys successfully hated it out of existence […] Anyway, we did our best, and we’re very proud of our team.”

The pilot episode is available to watch in-full online (for free) on the LoveFilm platform, and – in the USA – through Amazon Instant Video.

 

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