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Check Out the Trailer for Amazon Studios' 'Zombieland'

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In 2009, there was Zombieland the movie. In 2013, after failed attempts to get a sequel, a network series, and an animated series going, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick took their script to Amazon Studios to go into development. The trailer is out now, and the pilot episode is supposed to be available online starting April 19th.

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I have to say, I am less than impressed with the trailer. It feels like they are taking all the best parts of the feature, then rehashing it into a less funny version. The cast was obviously chosen to replace characters originally played by Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin. Recasting roles with different actors is always a dangerous thing, and with a property like Zombieland, it seems like it would have been very simple and seamless to simply create new characters. The production values appear to be on the level of videos created for College Humor and similar mid-to-low-end web video companies.

I know that Amazon Studios is more collaborative with their development process than other studios, but if they want to play with the big boys of digital distribution, like Netflix, they are really going to have to step up their game.

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