Fox developing a TV adaptation of “Zombieland”

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With AMC's The Walking Dead continuing to draw massive audiences for a show on cable, it's not much of a surprise to see another network try to get in on that sweet undead action. (Ew. Sorry.) But it is a nice surprise to see that the project in question is a television version of the gory and goofy horror comedy Zombieland, which brought us the best film cameo in 2009 by a league. Before you groan — zombie joke, nailed it — about how adaptations and remakes are almost always watered down, less worthwhile version os the original, there is some decent evidence to suggest this idea will work. Via Vulture:

As Zombieland producer (and new Vulture columnist) Gavin Polone noted when we called him up to confirm this news, "The original plan for this was to make it as a TV show." Indeed, CBS actually ordered a pilot script for the concept all the way back in 2005…

One good reason to think a series version of Zombieland could be killer is the fact that the writers have been working on story ideas for a show for years now. As [original writer Rhett] Reese told MTV News last year, "We always thought [it should be a TV series]."

So, is this a shrewd and cynical move on Fox's part to capitalize on the success of AMC's zombie series? Probably, but that doesn't mean it can't also be something worthwhile, and the presence of the movie's original writing team, as well as the TV-series origins, gives me hope in this small-screen adaptation.

But will it be able to stand out from The Walking Dead? I imagine so. For one thing, Zombieland was pretty committed to making sure the humor is just as effective as the gory zombie makeup. And for another, Zombieland might actually be enjoyable.