Much like vampires, zombies are having quite the resurgence these days. Not that they ever really went anywhere, but it seems after the success of Zombieland (and video games like Left 4 Dead) everyone in Hollywood wants a piece of the zombie pie (which, while popular, probably wouldn’t taste very good).
Recently, AMC announced they were adapting Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead for the network with Frank Darabont in charge and now, not to be left out, MTV is apparently turning George Romero’s classic Dawn of the Dead into a TV series. Yes, one more non-music program on a channel named Music Television. Don’t worry, it’s doubtful they’ll make the zombies dance. At least in that MTV will preserve the greatness that is Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.
So far MTV has not made any details about the project available:
“They haven’t given away much in terms of details surrounding the show, how it will link to the original film or even when it might hit the air. They have noted the show will feature a mix of the classic, slow moving zombies and the latest fad of turning the undead into Olympic sprinters. It’s good to see so much diversity on television.”
A television series based on zombies may seem unconventional, but one only has to look to shows like HBO‘s True Blood to understand the supernatural appeal. Moreover, I can’t help but wonder if some, if not all, of MTV’s motivation is driven by Zombieland itself. While made into a movie, Zombieland was originally pitched to CBS as a television series. Coincidence? Perhaps not.
No matter how the project started, is anyone really going to complain about more zombies to watch? I didn’t think so.