By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
5:35 PM CDT, March 25, 2013
Amazon is getting into the TV business in a big way. Amazon Studios on Monday said it is moving forward with a pilot based on the cult comedy film "Zombieland."
The show, like the movie, will follow four survivors as they try to outwit zombies and find a place to make their home. The movie's creative team of writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, producer Gavin Polone and director Eli Craig, will be involved.
The stars won't be back, but new casting has been announced: Kirk Ward will play Tallahassee, the role Woody Harrelson played in the movie. Maiara Walsh takes over Emma Stone's role of Wichita, Tyler Ross is set as Columbus, Jesse Eisenberg's character and Izabela Vidovic takes over for Abigail Breslin as Little Rock.
"'Zombieland' will strive to break the rules--action, adventure, thrills, chills and laughs and all packed into a half hour format," creator Wernick said in a statement. "This is not your average show but Amazon is not your average network."
Once filmed, the "Zombieland" pilot and six other comedies (along with six children's show pilots) will be made available for free on Amazon Instant Video so that customers can watch and review them. That feedback will help determine which of the 13 pilots Amazon Studios will make into full-season productions, to air on Prime Instant Video.
"'Zombieland' is a fan favorite and we can't wait to see where this story line goes in a serialized format," Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. "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."
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