This edition of Theme Park Bits travels the globe. China, the Middle East and even the Frozen land of Arendelle. Below, read about the following:
- Sony Pictures has licensed several of their major properties, including Ghostbusters, for a Dubai Theme Park.
- The Frozen city of Arendelle is now part of the Disneyland ride Storybook Land Canal Boats.
- Disneyland will launch a new night time parade for its 60th anniversary during 2015.
- The company that owns AMC Theaters is opening a massive movie-themed amusement park in China.
- Knotts Berry Farm announces Voyage to the Iron Reef ride.
- Two men rode every right at Walt Disney World in one day.
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Much like the characters implied by the title, Zombieland 2 keeps coming back to life. The original writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, have been thinking about a sequel for years and eventually spun some of those ideas into a Amazon TV pilot. The show was not picked up, and most thought that was the end. Like a good zombie, however, the feature version of Zombieland 2 is now rising from the grave.
A new report says Sony Pictures has hired Dave Callaham, writer of the first two Expendables movies, to pen a sequel with Ruben Fleischer expected to return and direct. Read More »
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 »
Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Zombieland dies a second death as Amazon decides to pass on the series. Also after the jump:
- SNL loses Bill Hader, retains Seth Meyers
- Downton Abbey gets parodied by Diddy and The Simpsons; sets a U.S. premiere date
- HIMYM‘s entire ninth season will take place over one weekend
- Is NBC’s Hannibal headed to cable television?
- USA is still flirting with Happy Endings
- HBO picks up Mike Judge‘s new show and a “gay Girls“
- Netflix encourages you to “insert Tobias anywhere”
- CBS has another new trailer for Under the Dome
- The CW shows off its new 2013-2014 series
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Posted on Friday, April 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
With the openings of Oblivion and The Lords of Salem, the expansion of The Place Beyond the Pines, and the Netflix premiere of Hemlock Grove today — not to mention new episodes of Mad Men and Game of Thrones this Sunday — film and TV lovers are already spoiled for choice when it comes to stuff to watch this weekend. But if none of those suit your fancy, or if you still have some hours left to fill, Amazon also has fourteen comedy and children’s pilots ready for viewing right now on their site.
The highest-profile of the crop by far is Zombieland, but there are also new shows involving The Onion, Kristen Schaal, John Goodman, and many more. And if you like what you see, you can actively help your favorites live on. Amazon will decide which of the pilots get picked up to series based on their popularity with viewers.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
After Zombieland hit in 2009, there was much talk of a sequel. Unfortunately, it didn’t move as fast as it could have. As the cast and crew moved on the project fizzled altogether. But then, like the horrifying monsters that give the movie its name, it came back from the dead in a slightly different form.
Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick reworked the idea as a TV series, found a distributor in Amazon, and snatched up Tyler Ross, Kirk Ward, Maiara Walsh, and Izabela Vidovic to play the new Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock. Now the pilot is finished, and Amazon wants fans to check it out and help decide whether it gets greenlit to series. Get more details and watch a trailer after the jump.
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One of our favorite blockbuster superstar actor is returning to his roots on TV; a popular author is about to Geek Out; and the Coen Brothers go back to Fargo. Here’s what’s in this edition of TV Bits:
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt is bringing HitRECord to TV.
- AMC orders Geek Out pilot starring Fanboys writer Ernie Cline.
- Actress Sophie Lowe has been cast in the Once Upon a Time spinoff titled Once: Wonderland.
- Another popular show, Pretty Little Liars, gets a spinoff called Ravenswood.
- The classic Coen Brothers’ film Fargo will inspire a 10 episode series on FX in Spring 2014.
- The Amazon series Zombieland gets a cool promo image.
- Another Amazon series, called Betas, has been revealed.
- CBS renewed 14 of their shows for next season.
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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 Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
The pilot casting blitz isn’t over yet. Also after the jump:
- Kristen Wiig‘s Arrested Development role revealed
- Yeah, NBC is probably going to cancel Up All Night
- HBO decides not to go with James Gandolfini‘s pilot
- HBO’s cancelled drama Luck finds new life as a blog
- Survey says House of Cards is a success for Netflix
- Nerdist’s Celebrity Bowling could head to AMC
- Judd Apatow‘s Simpsons script is getting a rewrite
- Watch the full-length trailer for A&E’s Bates Motel
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