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Zombieland 2 Is Out, But A TV Series Based On The Film Is Now Looking Very Likely

As mentioned the other day per Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, there are no immediate plans on making a sequel to the 2009 hit. However there have been reports, which first emerged in 2011, of a posble televion series based on the film. Unfortunately it's been quite some time nce there's been any mention of the proposed series. Well that is until today.

According to io9, the project is for real, and casting call sheets have already been sent out for the main characters. As per the te:

"We got hold of some script pages that are being used for casting purposes — which may or may not be indicative of what the actual pilot will end up being like, nce a lot will change between now and then. But they definitely give us a sense of how the TV show will reinvent the main characters and their backstory a bit. There are casting calls for the four major characters from the film (Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock) plus a couple minor characters."

Here's how the characters would be portrayed somewhat differently on TV:

Tallahassee is still kind of a snarky weirdo, but he seems to have a much less spiky relationship with Columbus. He and Columbus have a pretty amung thing where they riff on the fact that Steven Seagal movies always have three-word titles like "Marked for Justice" or "May Cause Diarrhea." But Tallahassee also dispenses homespun wisdom about how to feel happy with your life. He also tells a weird story about being in a trailer park with a perpetually nude Matthew McConaughey. He also has a somewhat heartwarming scene where he tells Columbus that he's been wandering aimlessly for a long time, but maybe he's been put here for a reason — to help Columbus and the others.

Columbus is much the same, except that he tracks down his grandma and grandpa (Bubbie and Peepaw) only to find them recently zombiefied. Also, Columbus is trying to deal with his newfound relationship with Wichita, after their first kiss. He has started calling her "Krista," her real name — but there are some problems, especially after she finds him reading a book about fatherhood. He tries to organize a romantic scavenger hunt for her in the IKEA they're camping out in, but it goes kind of horribly.

Wichita is still trying to look after Little Rock, trying to teach her math with problems about someone stealing from a liquor store and jumping on a train going 42 miles per hour, with a cop chang in a car going 88 miles per hour. We also learn a lot more about Wichita's backstory, including how she ran away from her father after he had her stealing people's Christmas presents — and later, she found out she had a ster who was also being a grifter with her dad.

Little Rock seems actually kind of excited about meeting Columbus' grandparents, before they turn out to be zombies. And she shares some of her own backstory, about how her dad parked her at a school while he went off grifting on his own — and then yanked her out of school right before a dance that she was looking forward to.

Fred and Ainsley are two office workers at the start of the zombie apocalypse, obliviously complaining about problems with their iPhones and getting the wrong order at Starbucks, which they admit are "first world problems" with a hashtag — while people are being disembowled just outde the window they're not facing. Tallahassee shows up to bring them their lunch orders, wearing a green polo shirt.

It should be noted that Zombieland was originally slated to be a TV show for CBS, so the thought of it becoming a TV show could pan out especially nce most genre aficionados are already familiar with the subject. Anyone disagree?

Source: io9
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