Zombieland started as a TV pitch, became a movie, went back to a TV format and is now dead. The TV pilot, which premiered on Amazon last month, has been officially axed by the streaming service, ending a rollercoaster ride for the creators and fans of the franchise who’d been clamoring for a follow-up. Franchise creators Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote and directed the pilot which featured the same humor, violence and characters and as the movie, but with less recognizable actors.
Reese took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the show’s dismissal, suggesting Zombieland fans “hated it out of existence.” Read more below. Read More »
In the months between its first planned release date and now, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has been surrounded by a ton of questions. What was the fate of Channing Tatum‘s character, Duke? Was the film delayed for reasons other than a 3D conversion? How would director Jon M. Chu handle his first massive, effects-filled blockbuster? Most of those questions get answered the second you sit down to see the movie. For the rest, we turned to the guys who had all the ideas first: writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Reese and Wernick, best known for Zombieland and definitely not pictured above, first pitched Paramount their take on a G.I. Joe sequel several years ago and have since had to rewrite the film to feature multiple different main characters and incorporate whole new storylines. We talked all about that, as well as what it’s like to jump into an existing franchise, that amazing mountain ninja scene, how Michael Bay changed the movie as well as Destro’s fate. Plus, we talked Deadpool, Zombieland, Cowboy Ninja Viking, and Micronauts which they’re developing with J.J. Abrams.
It’s a revealing interview, which you can read below. Read More »
Every few weeks we hear the same thing about the hypothetical Deadpool movie. We hear the script is great, but incredibly hard-R, and no one is willing to move ahead because of that. The script in question is the work of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, writers who exploded on the scene with the 2009 film Zombieland and penned this week’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation. We spoke to the duo about G.I. Joe earlier this week, so check back for that, but I also had to bring up Deadpool.
Reese and Wernick confirmed that star Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller are both still on board, the test footage is amazing, they’ve discussed the project with 20th Century Fox’s Marvel mastermind Mark Millar and casually mentioned that the script can be found online, almost inviting fans to read it and tell executives they want to see the movie.
Read their quotes below and check back later this week to hear about death, rewrites and main characters in G.I. Joe Retaliation. Read More »
Many Zombieland fans know that, before the idea was turned into a successful film, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick conceived Zombieland as a TV show. At the time, that sounded kind of nuts but after the uber success of The Walking Dead (not to mention the hit status of Ruben Fleischer’s film) the show is finally going to take its original form.
Reese and Wernick just finished shooting the pilot for Zombieland the TV show and, above, you have the first look at the new cast: Little Rock (Izabela Vidovic), Tallahassee (Kirk Ward), Wichita (Maiara Walsh), and Columbus (Tyler Ross).
In other good news, Reese and Wernick told us this weekend how fans can assure that the show, which will debut on Amazon, stays alive. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
Zombieland succeeded in part because of its fantastic cast, which consisted of Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin. That same star-studded cast turned out to be a roadblock when it came time to schedule and budget the sequel. Fortunately for writers/producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, that should be less of an issue now that the proposed follow-up has morphed into a TV series.
A casting call for the Amazon Studios comedy pilot made the rounds not long ago, and now the first two leads have been found. Tyler Ross, last seen in the Sundance ’13 drama Milkshake, has nabbed the Eisenberg role of “nerdy handsome” Columbus, while Izabela Vidovic will replace Breslin as young Little Rock. Hit the jump for more.
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Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Zombieland movie sequel may be dead for good, but the TV series is just coming back to life. Last week, we got word that the show was casting for new versions of Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock. While there’s no news yet on who’ll replace Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in the small-screen version, we’ve learned that Tucker and Dale vs. Evil helmer Eli Craig is in negotiations to direct. As for where, exactly, we’ll see the series, the latest buzz is that Amazon is eager to distribute. More details after the jump.
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It’s a busy time for Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. They were just announced as the screenwriters for the Micronauts film that Hasbro is developing with J.J. Abrams, and now the two are officially in the Zombieland fold once more. But this isn’t for that Zombieland sequel that most of the principals have been talking about ever since the first film turned into a surprise hit. There’s been a lot of doubt that a theatrical sequel would ever come together, thanks to difficulties with scheduling and the higher salary quotes for several of the actors.
Instead this is about a development that could put Zombieland where it will really be able to have fun: on television. (Which, if you’ve paid close attention to related interviews over the years, you might recall being the original home for the project before it ever turned into a theatrical feature.) Read More »
They broke out with Zombieland, penned a sequel to G.I. Joe, have a superhero script under their belt as well as a possible directing gig and now Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are going to write about giant toy robots. Deadline reports the duo will write a script for Micronauts, a Hasbro-owned toy brand that blends robots with interchangeable parts. Think Transformers but with Legos or Erector sets. J.J. Abrams has been flirting with producing a film in this world since 2009 and now he’ll do just that, with Paramount at his side. Read more about the Micronauts after the jump. Read More »
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One of the actors to really start to break from TV into consistent film acting in the past couple years is Walton Goggins. His work on The Shield lead to a handful of notable film roles. (He was fun in Predators and had a good, if brief turn in the excellent and under-seen That Evening Sun.) His more recent gig on Justified and body of work in general has led to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
Being cast in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation may not seem like as big a deal as being in Lincoln, but it might ensure that Goggins is in front of a few people who won’t see Lincoln. Variety announces that he’ll play Warden Nigel James in Jon Chu‘s sequel to the 2007 screen outing for the Joes. Read More »
According to one of the original film’s stars, Zombieland 2 seems further away than we initially thought. We’d been reporting that the film was searching for new cameos, the script was drafted and more, all of which lead us to assume the film was smoothly moving through the pipeline. However, in an interview with Total Film, Woody Harrelson, who played the sweet but violent, Twinkie-lovin’ character Tallahassee in the 2009 hit, expressed some doubts that making a sequel would be the right thing to do. Read his quotes and more after the break. Read More »