Amazon green-lights Zombieland for Prime original OTT series

Michelle Clancy | 26-03-2013
Amazon Studios, the original movie and series production arm of, will add cult classic Zombieland to the line-up of pilots already in production for Prime Instant Video streaming over-the-top (OTT) service.
Zombieland, which is the seventh comedy pilot added to Amazon's pilot line-up, will be made available (along with the other six comedy pilots and six children's pilots) for free on Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM UK. Customers are invited to view the pilots and then review them on the site; customer feedback will help determine which of the 13 pilots Amazon Studios will make into full-season productions, to air on Prime Instant Video.
"Zombieland is a fan favourite and we can't wait to see where this story line goes in a serialised format," said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. "We've been announcing a lot of exciting exclusive content for Prime Instant Video, like Downton Abbey, Under the Dome, and Justified, and we think adding original shows to that line-up is going to make Prime even more enticing for customers."
Zombieland is based on the hit Columbia Pictures movie of the same name, and finds four survivors outwitting zombies and searching for a place to call home. The Zombieland pilot comes from the feature film's original creative team, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Joe Schmo Show), and producer Gavin Polone (Gilmore Girls, Curb Your Enthusiasm). Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) is directing the pilot.
"Zombieland will strive to break the rules action, adventure, thrills, chills and laughs and all packed into a half-hour format," said creator Paul Wernick. "This is not your average show, but Amazon is not your average network."