Sam told you all earlier in the week that Amazon has cancelled the Zombieland TV series without even giving it much of a chance.
Roy Price the director of Amazon Studios told Deadline that the success of the pilots that did get picked up was not just based on reviews. He noted that 80% of pilot reviews were 4 out of 5 and that they used this in conjunction with the shows popularity as well as how many people watched it from start to finish.
No reason was given by Amazon that I can find but the creator of the Zombieland movie and the failed TV series blames fans.
Rhett Reese took to twitter and said;
“Sad for everyone involved … I’ll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans. You guys successfully hated it out of existence.”
Rhett I am a huge fan of yours but it’s never a good idea to blame your fans for a project that fails. I agree that some fans ripped you a ‘new one’ over the series but the shows failure is not the fault of fans. What did we do? Just because a vocal minority said the show was garbage it failed? Not likely. If that was the case every horror remake out of Hollywood would also fail.
Nobody hated the Zombieland TV Series out of existence it just failed to find its audience on AMAZON and unfortunately the only ones who went to seek it our are the die-hard horror fans who are easily impressed and also easily pissed off.
Perhaps Rett should put some blame on AMAZON and ask what did they do to promote the show pilot?
Maybe AMAZON did tons of PR promoting their new program but we never received a single press release about the pilot from the shows creators, publicity team or Amazon. Even the lowest budget Youtube shows and indie projects send an email saying ‘come checkout our show’ and ask if we can post on site for them.
Perhaps AMAZON / Rett Reese / The PR team for the Zombieland TV Series don’t see the value in reaching out to horror bloggers even though it was shown in Technorati’s 2013 report that Bloggers are the second most influential force right behind Facebook. If you are a horror blogger be sure to tell me if Amazon did reach out to you about the project, or anyone involved did for that matter.
Rhett is right in being a bit put off by fans since a few did come out against the show. Some Zombieland Movie fans felt the TV shows production values were horrible and the writing was just an excuse for ‘pussy and dick jokes’. Others thought the show committed suicide by using the same characters from the movie and recasting them.
Candidly all are valid points even if I do not agree with them all. For every fan who commented on our large Facebook Community or left a comment on site that hated the show there was one who loved it. I believe that a Zombieland TV series can absolutely work and I thought the pilot despite some flaws had excellent production values, solid acting and a pretty reasonable concept that could have translated into at least one good season of zombie hijinks.
I just think that AMAZON is not the place for it NETFLIX is.
NETFLIX has established themselves as serious risk takers and are willing to let filmmakers do their thing. A great example of this is Hemlock Grove which was horrendous but still managed to find fans in Netflix’s monster user base. Why did a show that got much worse reviews than ZOMBIELAND find success on Netflix? Because NETFLIX has a massive audience and NETFLIX promoted it to their users and bloggers alike making it impossible for the show not to tap into fans who would love it. Once again for every hater of Hemlock Grove ( which I was one of ) they found at least 5 who liked it.
The Zombieland TV series will have its haters but on NETFLIX it will also find lots of fans and make new ones. NETFLIX has the balls and the brains to take an edgy series like Zombieland and make it work. More importantly they are willing to invest money to make it happen just like they have done with their last three original series.
So NETFLIX content managers if you are reading this post ( why wouldn’t you be?? ) please bring us a Zombieland TV series. If Hemlock Grove can succeed despite its serious flaws a Zombieland TV series which has a built-in fan base which includes me should explode.
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