The undead are coming to Amazon

In an effort to bolster its fledgling lineup of original programming, the web giant has taken the giant step of developing a new drama series around the 2009 horror comedy "Zombieland." Such a production has actually been rumored since 2011; but with CBS and FOX the interested parties. That Amazon is involved proves that it's serious about competing with services like Netflix on delivering original works for its Watch Instantly video service. 

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Details on what we can expect from a "Zombieland" show are scarce, but website i09 last week did manage to get it's hands on a casting sheet. All in all, it looks like the overall style of the program will mimic the humor of the film - in which four suvivors take a road trip across Southwestern United States in an attempt to find a sanctuary free from zombies. Ironically, the original pitch for "Zombieland" was as a television show to debut in summer 2005. Unfortunately, in a time well before "The Walking Dead," the networks all shied away, the script was revamped for a feature, as the rest is history. 

“We always thought [it should be a TV series],” the film's producer Gavin Polone said in 2011. “If you watch the movie with that in mind, you will see some remnants of the television show. We have the ‘Zombie Kill of the Week,’ which was always intended to happen every week. The movie ends on a cliffhanger; it doesn’t have a real resolution.”

No word yet on when Amazon will introduce the world to its new zombie franchise - but for those in love with the genre, this is certainly great news. 

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'Zombieland' drama series coming to Amazon
Web giant reportedly developing the undead series as part of a push into original programming.