The rules of survival, and zombie kills of the week, are all back in the pilot episode for Amazon’s Zombieland series.
Amazon has posted the pilot for its proposed series, based on the hit 2009 film, and the first trailer has also gone live. So, is it any good?
Well, that depends. The effects are a little spotty, and the new cast isn’t bad. But after getting used to the original portrayals in the film, the recasting feels a little awkward. Since most have gone on to be huge stars, that’s a necessary evil, but it will still take some getting used to. The comedy is a bit more slapstick than the movie, and it feels like the writers are trying to make the transition from big-screen dark comedy to a dark sitcom format. It’s a weird mix, but it could work if given the time to develop.
Picking up two weeks after the film, the pilot does a solid job of reintroducing the characters, with Tyler Ross as Columbus, Izabela Vodovic as Little Rock, Maiara Walsh as Wichita and Kirk Ward as Tallahassee. Despite the format change, the pilot definitely maintains the weird Zombieland vibe. All the little fun stuff is still here, and original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote and produced the pilot, along with the film’s producer Gavin Polone.
Zombieland is one of several pilots Amazon is prepping, and the company will seek feedback from viewers to determine which ones actually get a series order. So check out the trailer below and let us know what you think of the show: