Thanks to the sky high ratings (The Andrew Lincoln starrer based on the long-running zombie comic series by Robert Kirkman, shattered demo ratings for two key metrics: the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, attracting 7.3 million viewers) of the premiere of The Walking Dead, zombies now apparently equal cash, and that’s enough to get Fox to move on the concept.
Fox is developing a half hour comedy show based on ZOMBIELAND, which, evidently, was actually supposed to be a TV show when it was first concieved, according to the writers.
“We always thought [it should be a TV series]. If you watch the movie with that in mind, you will see some remnants of the television show. We have the ‘Zombie Kill of the Week,’ which was always intended to happen every week. The movie ends on a cliffhanger; it doesn’t have a real resolution.”
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick would write, and the 2012-13 season is the theoretical airtime. If this happens, it would scuttle the proposed theatrical sequel.
The serial TV format offers obvious possibilities for other similar recurring ideas. While there’s no chance that the show would end up with any of the leads from the film in the main cast, various guest stars might be able to show up in living and/or dead format.
I don’t know if I can see this baby flying on Fox itself..but FX on the other hand might be the perfect venue for it. All we can do is wait and see.