Zombieland's makers are working on a Zombieland TV series for Fox.
The New York magazine story is right here, in case you disbelieve this crazy notion.
This proves once again that the fun folks in Hollywood hate to be first, but they love to be second.
Now that Walking Dead is popular on a far tinier network, Fox is looking for a show like it to put on its bigger network.
That trick never works! Consider when NBC put out shows that were kind of like Mad Men (Playboy Club and Pan Am). And when everyone did shows that were kind of like Knight Rider (Street Hawk and, oh, how I miss Street Hawk.)
Creators Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are working on it for the 2012 season. The original idea with Zombieland was for it to be A TV show. Producer Gavin Polone said CBS and Syfy were interested in a pilot for Zombieland. Well, we see how that worked out.
The producer said if the TV show happens, there will be no movie sequel. So this is what we're up against. We might get a sequel if there is no Fox TV series. But if we get a TV series, we get no sequel.
We get no Woody Harrelson or Michael Cera's clone if there is a TV show. But it's the same creators, so I trust them to find reasonable facsimiles.
I'd rather have 13 episodes of a Zombieland show than one 2-hour movie. That's the better deal by volume: 13 half-hours = 6 1/2 hours. That is more than 2 hours.
But there's no significant chance that the shows will really appear before our eyeballs on TV. One episode might air before it gets canceled.
But if they do a sequel, we will really get to see the whole sequel. Nobody pulls a movie out of a theater a half-hour in. That's about two guaranteed hours.
Let's break this down.
Two definite hours of fun zombies
Zombieland TV series
Fox TV budget
No definite amount of fun zombies
Which is the better choice? Our hope for more Zombieland lies with the Fox network.
That means that we are the walking dead.