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Amazon.com’s Zombieland Pilot is a Real Thing That’s Happening, Here’s the Picture to Prove It


Attempts to get a Zombieland television show off the ground have been happening since before the movie was even conceived, but it’s taken the mercantile nature of growing online streaming video market to give it its best chance yet. Even so, when Amazon.com’s pilot of the show does air, it won’t get turned into a series unless it pulls enough eyeballs, so you should probably get used to the new actors playing the characters.

I asked Zombie Bill Murray whether he’d be appearing, but he said nobody would ever believe him.

As previously announced, we’ve got Izabela Vidovic as Little Rock, Kirk Ward as Tallahassee, Maiara Walsh as Wichita, and Tyler Ross as Columbus. Here’s the uncropped picture:

The original writers of Zombieland, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, are on board crafting the pilot, which shouldn’t be too tricky since the concept was originally intended to be a television series, not a movie. Eventually, the pilot will be available free from Amazon Instant and LOVEFiLM UK. If Amazon feels like the response to the pilot could support a series, it’ll film one, and presumably those episodes will only be available for some kind of money transaction, putting Amazon.com in the very small business of a paid streaming film and television service that also produces original content. Netflix, with its Arrested Development series, is so far the only other company to venture out into those waters. Godspeed, Zombieland, and Amazon, try not to be a giant dick about the streaming video market like you are in the eBook one.

(via Movies.com.)

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  • Ken

    so it’s: “yeah amazon for doing this, but you’re still a dick?” Since Amazon Instant is free for Prime members, why do you think they’d suddenly sell one type of streaming video and not all the rest?

  • Anonymous

    My comment on Amazon’s dickishness refers to they way they pretty blatantly use their dominance of the eReader market to drive down prices on eBooks, as the link indicates.

    And I believe that Amazon Prime requires money, yes? So you would still have to engage in a money transaction to watch the series?

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Legally, sure.

    Er. Addendum: I already have Amazon Prime, so…yay, mediocre television!

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    It looks like a fan film or a group of cosplayers.

  • Ken

    You’d expect to get original content for free from a company who is putting up the cash to finance a project? Free would be great, I’d be all for it, but it’s not practical.

    As for the e-books, I see your point. It just seemed unfair to lump videos with that issue. Amazon is competing with Netflix on this front, and many a internet folk revere Netflix as a god, and Amazon’s price model for Instant Video is better than Netflix (with a worse selection though…).

    and with e-books, you can get them for free from many local libraries. Unfortunately, they are often formatted like crap. But, they are free, just like regular library books. :)

  • Anonymous

    Who didn’t go all the way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/trent.ernst Trent Ernst

    Amazon in the states, Lovefilm in the US. Any word about the rest of the world, like, oh, say, Canada?

  • Robert Vary

    Speaking at least for my state of Maryland, our library e-book selection is pretty limited. So far, I can pretty consistently find something to read – especially as I’ve gotten into a couple of series available there, like the Dresden Files – but if you’re looking for something specific your chances of finding it are pretty low. I’m sure this will change in time.

  • Anonymous

    You seem to believe that I was putting some kind of disapproving slant on the statement about the series requiring money. I was just trying to point out that while the pilot will be offered to all, the series will probably not.

    As for whether it’s fair to lightly draw a connection between a company’s business practices in one market with a small number of legitimate competitors to another market with an even smaller number of competitors, we’ll have to agree to disagree.

  • Ken

    The pilot is not going to be ‘free’. It’s going to be free to Amazon Instant Video subscribers (and LOVEFILM UK subscribers). You will still have to be a member of some sort to view it.

    But I get your point and agree. I know I am appearing to be contradicting everything you say, but I’m not trying to be an ass. I do like your posts and info you share :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christina-Morejon/1058281650 Christina Morejon

    this sounds promising. Probably NO where as good as TWDead, but Ill check it out.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll give it a shot since The Walking Dead has totally lost me during their current season :