Can this guy play Woody Harrelson, playing Tallahassee in Zombieland? His name is Kirk Ward and he's got just enough crazy in his eyes to do the job. But by asking the question I guarantee the producers of Amazon's six part Zombieland adaptation will hate me.
Yeah, that's right, they read the blog. Everyone does.
Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese went out of their way to give the four actors they've chosen to replace the original Zombieland crew as much of a head start as they can. Which is, not much. That movie was perfectly cast, right down to the cameo by Bill Murray. The series? Don't know, we'll have to see.
I'm being churlish, of course. It's awesome that there's even going to be a 'television' spinoff. I threw those quote marks in there because Zombielaand for TV will never air on a network, not even on cable. Amazon has commissioned the series along with six others, because exclusivity is the new black. If you want to watch the show, you won't be downloading it from Google play or iTunes, you'll be paying the Beast of Bezos.
Actually, I lie. You won't be paying. They're giving it away. I'm sure there's a business model in there somewhere. Amazon has a business model, right? It's not just giving stuff away below cost because… Err, Shut up you.
Anyways, for anybody who is interested, there's an interview with the writer-producers over at Buzzfeed, and although they do sound a little defensive at times –"We found really, really great actors to fill those roles" – it does give the impression that this could be very cool.
For instance, like The Walking Dead, to which they credit Amazon's interest in the series, Zombieland wont have to worry about pulling in its fangs to reach a mass audience. It can be as hard-core as it wants, even though they'll be playing the story for lulz.
"We obviously loved the opportunity to have the creative flexibility that Amazon has given us to do it — you know, we can swear and show blood and violence and do all of the stuff that we couldn't otherwise do on network or basic cable television," Wernick explained. "It really allows us to hit that exact tone of the movie."
I'm kind of interested too that Amazon will be relying on customer feedback via its review function to decide which of the six series it's commissioned will be getting a second series.
Given how borked most online review systems are these days, that's a brave choice.