Tucker & Dale Vs Evil Director In Talks To Helm Zombieland TV Show
As you may have heard, plans are in the works to turn Zombieland into a TV series - or back into a TV series, as that was intended plan for the original story before it went on to be a successful feature film in 2009. Recent updates on the potential zom-com TV series gave us some information on the characters and where they are in the post-movie story, as well as that Amazon might be the service to bring this project to us, as part of their planned line-up of original streaming programming.
Deadline posted a few new updates to tack onto what we already knew, include that Amazon could end up giving this project a straight-to-series order. That would be good news for those of us who see the potential in an original TV (or streaming video) series that finds the funny side in a zombie apocalypse, which is what the movie did, following in the shambling footsteps of Shaun of the Dead.
Deadline says the film's writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are serving as writers and executive producers along with the film's producer Gavin Polone. While it doesn't sound like the movie's director Ruben Fleischer will be involved in the potential TV follow-up, Deadline says Eli Craig is in talks to direct. Among Craig's credits is Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, which makes him a pretty perfect fit to direct the Zombieland pilot and not just because Zombieland and Tucker & Dale both have chainsaws in their posters. If you've seen Tucker & Dale, you know that - like Zombieland - the film takes a humorous approach to the horror genre, which borders on parody. Also like Zombieland, in addition to being funny with the occasional gory moment (wood-chipper!), the film was also kind of sweet, thanks in part to stars Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk's proven charm. With the general tone of Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil in mind, Craig seems like a solid choice to direct, so hopefully that works out.
You can read some details about the casting for the series and what might be planned for the charactersa here.
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