While much of their upcoming new original content is thought to be coming from a publicly-trialled selection of new shows, Amazon have revealed a separate project that they have greenlighted to ‘online series’ status, planning to develop a TV version of hit 2008 comedy/survival movie Zombieland exclusively for their Amazon Prime Instant Video service.
A report released on Monday claimed that the high-profile move is one which Amazon will hope can rival Netflix’s trend for picking up and creating established content (such as Arrested Development and Lilyhammer), adding the lure of original content to their licenced on-demand offering of films and TV series.
The original movie starred Woody Harrelson and Jessie Eissenberg as part of a rag-tag group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world, and has been strongly rumored for a TV conversion for some time, with networks such as Fox and CBS believed to be interested, though Amazon appear to have swooped in with the deciding deal.
The report from BroadcastNow suggests that the show will take on a half-hour episode format, with a leaked script planning the return of the 4 main characters (Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock) alongside newcomers Fred and Ainsley, described as: “…two office workers at the start of the zombie apocalypse, obliviously complaining about problems with their iPhone’s and getting the wrong order at Starbucks.”
The development of the show is likely to take a while with recruiting back the original cast members and setting the zombie-infested scene, but it does seem to be a confirmed deal, with rumors and common sense implying that the new comedy series could also find its way to Amazon-owned UK streaming service LoveFilm for select European markets in the absence of a direct-brand platform outside of America. However many Amazon services pick up Zombieland as a series, will the movie-to-TV conversion be a successful venture for the fledgling original content providers?