Amazon’s “Zombieland” pilot has cast Kirk Ward (The Island) in the role of Tallahassee, taking over for Woody Harrelson who portrayed the character in the film. He joins Majara Walsh, Izabela Vidovic and Tyler Ross in the cast of central leads.
And he might have been the first choice for the role, from back in the day before Zombieland became a feature. Per Deadline, “Reese and Wernick, who conceived Zombieland as a TV show, originally had Ward in mind for Tallahassee after meeting the actor while shooting the William Shatner-starring Spike TV limited series Invasion Iowa.”
The comedy continues the events of the original film, with new actors taking over the roles of Columbus, Tallahassee and Wichita, previously played by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone, respectively, in the 2009 Ruben Fleischer feature. Wichita (Walsh) a natural con-woman and tough girl who with her younger sister Little Rock (Vidovic) teams up with Tallahassee (Ward) and Columbus (Ross) to survive the zombie apocalypse and search for survivors.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will pen the script for Sony Pictures Television, which is producing the Amazon pilot.
I’m a huge fan of Ruben Fleischer‘s 2009 surprise hit Zombieland, yet, after a few years to dwell on it, I don’t think I really care if they make a sequel anymore.
In an interview with Collider to talk Gangster Squad, now in theaters, Fleischer had this moderately shocking update: “I hate to do it, but I can say that there’s no immediate plans to make the movie. There’s no script, really, so the likelihood of it happening is slim. But I would not wanna put a nail in that coffin.”
After years of updates, and even casting news, it’s sort of a mind-boggling revelation that there’s no script. And at this point, I’m not even sure there’s a franchise to build on. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be the first in line to see a sequel, I just don’t really care if one ever gets made…
In addition, he goes on to explain that they took a single pass at the script and it didn’t excite the studio nor the filmmaker, yet he doesn’t close the door on directing once again. At least he did offer a taste of the plot: “It was a continuation of the original story with the same characters. I guess the only thing I could really say is that the threat to our heroes wasn’t only zombies, like they encounter other people that they’re all jockeying for positions.”
There’s a new way to end the zombie apocalypse, and it involves Woody Harrelson.
In Columbia Pictures’ horror-comedy Zombieland, Harrelson played Tallahassee, a man on a mission for Twinkies who teams up with Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin on a cross-country survival trip. He saves the day, and finally gets his hands on a Twinkie. But the studio doesn’t want that to be the end of their scavenger hunt as a 3-D sequel has been long in development. Unfortunately, true to his character, Harrelson might be a pretty large kink in the wheel…
When Total Film asked if the follow-up is definitely happening, Harrelson explained: “I’m sure it will happen if everyone does it, but I’m not sure it’s the right thing to do. It’s one thing to do it when it came out real good and it made a lot of people laugh, but then to do a sequel… 99 out of 100 are worse by a lot. So I don’t know.” Adding, “I don’t feel like a sequels guy.”
I guess the film can be sold on the shoulders of Eisenberg, hot off the success of Social Network, but could you see a sequel without Harrelson? I for one think he’s the glue that kept that posse together.
Co-writer Rhett Reese is claiming via Twitter that the following is a “product of a game of ‘Telephone.’ Distorted.” Hopefully he’ll explain. In Ruben Fleischer’s ultra fun Zombieland, the group infamously invade the mansion of comedian Bill Murray, which turns into one of the most legendary scenes ever caught on film. They watch Ghostbusters, run around role playing Ghostbusters, and Murray even takes a jab at Garfield. Bloody Disgusting was tipped off to some inside info on Fleischer’s Zombieland 2 that’s sure to grab the attention of fans of the first film. Apparently, Columbia Pictures is planning yet another “superstar cameo” searching for someone iconic along the lines of “Harrison Ford” or “Anthony Hopkins”. In addition, the script calls for a lead villain with comedic roots, while Tallahassee (played by Woody Harrelson) will find himself going head-to-head with a “hunky rival”. Jesse Eisenberg is the only other star officially attached at this point, but expect some casting news soon.
Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesn’t have fears. If he did, he’d kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they’re about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.