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Amazon kills off 'Zombieland' series
Co-creator Rhett Reese laments that critics of the pilot 'successfully hated it out of existence.'
Mon, May 20, 2013 at 4:50 PM
Amazon's "Zombieland" has been double-tapped out of existence.
The comedy horror series, part of a slate of original programming in development by the online giant, was axed after receiving less-than-positive feedback from viewers on its pilot
"I'll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans," series co-creator Rhett Reese tweeted last week
. "You guys successfully hated it out of existence."
The beauty of Amazon's original programming push is that viewers ultimately get to decide what deserves to be turned into a series and what's dropped. When it was announced back in January
, "Zombieland" was predicted to easily slide past the pilot phase and into a first season. Unfortunately, the decision to re-cast actors for the same characters featured in the 2009 film (played to perfection by Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone) ultimately doomed it with fans.
"I'm not sure why they went with the characters from the movie," wrote one viewer. "The actors attempted to fill the roles of the originals, but it's just not a comparison. They could have used the same time frame, and comedic style without ruining the originals."
Read any of the more than 5,000 reviews of the pilot
and you'll see a similar critique throughout. Unfortunately for Reese, it appears that Amazon just wasn't willing to give this zombie apocalypse a second chance with a bit of retooling.
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