Behold what appears to be the trailer for Amazon's Zombieland pilot. We're worried that this whole Amazon making its own television idea is about to get off to a very, very rocky start. Give it a whirl, and you'll see what we mean.
A series based on the excellent 2009 movie was greenlit for an AmazonOriginals pilot last month, but from the looks of it, Sony Pictures Television must have had this derivative little trailer just sitting there, because it just popped up on an odd YouTube channel. (Contrary to what the trailer suggests, the show is not yet streaming on its Amazon Instant Video page.
If you've seen Zombieland, you'll recognize the gags from the beginning of the film. You also have explosions and even some nice production value. But what you don't have is Woody Harrelson and Jessie Eisenberg or anything "original" at all. And, yes, this might be just a very rough trailer, but ish, parts of it are cringeworthy. We can only hope that the pilot turns out a little better.
Now, I know it's all the rage for subscription streaming video services to start producing original content. It makes sense for the companies to differentiate themselves with exclusive content that people really want to watch. But if you're going to do it, do it right. Netflix produced a whole freaking season of Arrested Development—with the original cast to boot! For fans of the show, it's the most anticipated thing in the history of ever. But Amazon's plan to greenlight 13 pilots, wrap them in money, and throw them against the wall to see which one sticks—well, this trailer might be the first indication that it wasn't a good idea. Here's hoping we're wrong. [The TechBlock]