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Some info has come in regarding the Woody Harrelson horror-comedy ZOMBIELAND!!!

Published at: Jan. 16, 2009, 3:15 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. It's been a big day for ZOMBIELAND here at AICN. First we get a report from an extra detailing what to expect from the film and then Variety announces a couple cast members joining the film. The husky voiced vixen from SUPERBAD and THE ROCKER, Emma Stone, has joined Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg, who apparently has a thing for amusement parks. If I was attending Sundance this year high on my list would be ADVENTURELAND, starring Eisenberg as well. And directed by Greg Mottola who directed SUPERBAD starring... Emma Stone! I just blew your mind, didn't I? Anyway, ZOMBIELAND is a post-apocalyptic zombie flick set in and around an amusement park. We have a rundown from someone who auditioned to be an extra in the film in order to fulfill a life-long dream of being a movie-zombie. Here's their info:
Hey Harry- I've been coming to your site for years but have never sent anything in, as I'm in south Georgia, and, well, not a lot of movies get made here. Last night, this changed. I have a brief list of things I must do before I die. Dine with Dario Argento. Cure herpes. Swim with white pointers off of South Africa (sans cage). The usual. Then, somewhere around 8, is "Be a zombie extra in a film". Last night, in Valdosta Georgia, an open casting call for zombie extras was announced. ZOMBIELAND is a film (zombedy) soon to be filmed here, staring Woody Harrelson. If you haven't heard of it, I wouldn't be surprised. I'm a zed aficionado (never mind fluffing my resume, just say I can't wait for WORLD WAR Z), and the first whiff I had of it was a week ago when my buddy said a construction crew with Sony films was staying at his hotel, building a "haunted house". More on that in a bit. Woody will supposedly play the "most frightened guy on Earth" in the middle of a Z apocalypse. It is being directed by first timer Ruben Fleischer, who directed a few episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Whoopty-fuck. Anyways, my lady and I showed up at the auditions, which were being held at a local radio station, and waited in line for a few hours. It was a huge party, like a Phish lot or some shit. Valdosta is a college town, and lots of youngsters showed up. The crew was not expecting such a turnout, some 600 strong. A casting agent told me she hoped they could glean around 200 zombies. So, here's the sheet they gave us, supposedly written by Fleischer: "Our Zombies are ferocious, infected people that move erratically. They are diseased, as opposed to undead. These are not the lumbering walking dead of Romero's zombie movies, but instead the super jacked up 28 Days Later / Dawn of the Dead (2004) zombies. They are scary and gnarly and gross. They have the abilities of amped up versions of people, similar to when your child is trapped under a car and you lift the car off of them. I see them moving somewhat similar to velociraptors, always alert, sniffing the air for prey, and when they strike, they strike fast and furious. Their movement should be somewhat unnatural, to indicate that they are not human, and because the disease is coursing through their veins, a certain level of jerkiness and a crazed look will reflect their nature like a rabid dog." Ahem. I didn't agree with it either, but what's the true definition of Zombie? The casting girl told us outside that drool was welcome in the audition. Everyone was cussing themselves for not bringing Alka Seltzer. The she came out and told us to not be too animated because someone punched a hole in the wall thrashing about during their audition. I just went in and scared the shit out of them. So later, we went to the bar next to my buddy's hotel for a nip, and the construction guys were there, so I pried them for info. They said they were building a "haunted house" facade. In the movie it's a nursing home converted into a twisted zombie museum/thrill ride. Oh yeah, and they were building it next to an amusement park we have here, full of roller coasters and safari-type animals. I'm guessing the climax of the movie will take place there, as it's closed for the season. They start shooting on the 9th of February. Take it for what it's worth, just happy to contribute. If you use this, you can call me Suspiran. Thanks man.
So now you know a lot more than you did before clicking on this link, don't you? Very curious about this one. I can see Harrelson playing jumpy and nervous in this zombie-infested world creating some good moments. Hopefully the script and the rest all come together.


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  • Jan. 16, 2009, 3:17 a.m. CST

    i am down

    by blckmgk13

    the more zombies the better. except in the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Because you asked for it...

    by Droid

    Another fucking zombie flick.<p>Just make World War Z and get it over with!

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Mia Farrow zombies are scary

    by Willyer Hero

    Wait, what?

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 3:36 a.m. CST

    cool idea

    by Juror Number 8

    zombies in an amusement park -- ever done before? i could be wrong, but i don't think i've seen a zombie flick set in an amusement park, so i give it points for originality and cool director/cast. i've loved eisenberg since roger doger and squid and the whale, and emma stone ain't bad to look at for 90 minutes. i'm interested to see if it's going to be dark or if it's going to be more comedic (i'll assume the latter, given the cast and director).

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 3:45 a.m. CST

    to bad it's an outbreak and not an aftermath

    by ThePilgrim

    imagine a zombie park like JP where you bring the kids to see the thrills of living dead live and in person coaster and other fodder surround the main attractions. If it wasd an aftermath the zombies would be looked apon as a joke. until someone jumped a fence and got bit.. Oh what it might have been... Still sounds like it's worth a watch

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Zombies would make good attraction props

    by ThePilgrim

    it's never really been proven that they need to eat to survive. Low matience. If you could close off their mouths or remove their teeth you could make them workers of some sort as well.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 3:57 a.m. CST

    to ThePilgrim

    by Juror Number 8

    what your describing sounds a lot like this movie called "fido" about domesticated zombies used as pets. it's very tongue in cheek and spoofs the wholesome family values of 1950's culture, plus it stars the awesome Billy Connolly as fido the zombie. it's got some laughs and is a good enough way to kill 85 minutes, i suggest you check it out.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 4:23 a.m. CST

    zombies, steampunk and emos = a bankrupt society

    by ironic_name

    that must be destroyed.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Speaking of fast zombies...

    by Ben Addiction

    I just watched Dead Set about five times online. It's a British series that feels a lot like the Dawn of the Dead remake, but with the British Big Brother house instead of a mall. It's very gory and well made - check it out!

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST

    holy shit, Valdosta Georgia?

    by The Amazing G

    I think that's not too far from where I live!

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST

    also they sound like the Left 4 Dead zombies

    by The Amazing G

    RELOADING!

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Whatever they are, they're not zombies.

    by V'Shael

    Maybe we need a new name for that sort of thing. <p> Zombies, by definition, are slow lumbering and mindless. That's what allowed the term to cross-pollinate into the rest of society, so you can call herds of unthinking single-minded drones, Zombies. <p> These rage infested rabid freaks with cunning and guile and super-strength are fine horror movie fare. But they are NOT zombies. <p> And I think any Z-fan would agree with me on this.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 5:35 a.m. CST

    actually V'Shael

    by The Amazing G

    I think those kind of zombies are still zombies, just a different kind

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 6:01 a.m. CST

    do they spread the infection..

    by nolan bautista

    ..by biting their victims?..Sounds pretty cool though..like Lamberto Bavas' "Demons"(but this time in Georgia)

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 6:49 a.m. CST

    someone forwarded me the casting call offer

    by zom-bot.com

    as i am in south georgia....alas, valdosta is still a drive away and i gotsta pay the bills and go to work today. bummer.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 7:54 a.m. CST

    You must be as tall as this zombie . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . to ride this ride. Where is being funny on this extra's list? Hopefully not too high up there.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Great!

    by NeilF

    So we have ceiling walking, godzilla screaming zombies again :/

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    V'Shael

    by menstrual_blitz

    I'm with you on the slow-moving zombies. They are death incarnate. You can run away from them, sure. But they keep lumbering along after you and will eventually catch up. Just like death.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, noon CST

    Woody is gonna rock the SHIT in this one

    by Stengah

    HIS NAME WAS BLART PAULSON.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    sounds like...

    by werewolfbynight

    The Paul Blart: Mallcop sequel

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    So bored of zombies

    by drturing

    and i love zombies

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    oh really zom-bot.com?

    by The Amazing G

    I live in south Georgia too (well coastal Georgia to be exact), we should hang out

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Are they filming at Wild Adventures?

    by scorpio2049

    Man, that's cool, except for the fast-zombie bit. I wish I'd have tried out.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Ben Addiction

    by RaRoMo

    I can't find Dead Set on Netflix or Blockbuster. Where do you rent it?

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST

    RaRoMo

    by Ben Addiction

    It's on youtube or on the "Dead Set" official site for free.

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Dead Set was aces

    by abn3r p3pp3r72

    "You titted bitch."

  • Jan. 26, 2009, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Brilliant!

    by evilnerd

    Well made and quite intense. Fuckin slow Zombies could never spread. They would be dangerous in huge numbers. the problem: developing these numbers...I just wouldnt work that way.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Wow that park sucks.. (Yes Wild Aventures)

    by wowsucks

    Not sure why this park, but hey whatever :) I'd still play a zombie!! BRAINZZZZ..