Silly me. I always assumed that fanboys, despite a loud internet voice, had no real power in the entertainment industry. We certainly aren't able to keep cult-favorite comic books from getting canceled, and for every television show like Community that squeaks by with renewals every season, there are infinitely more Fireflies that get canceled prematurely and then mourned for a decade by depressed fans on the web. But it looks like those rules don't apply when it comes to getting a show canceled, because Zombieland creator Rhett Reese blamed fans for Amazon's refusal to pick up the Zombieland pilot last week.
Amazon has been developing several pilots, looking to produce some original series for its Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming service. One of those shows was Zombieland, an ongoing show based on the same concepts as the movie, but without actors and actresses anyone has ever heard of. After evaluating several factors, including fan voting and other data, Amazon declined to pick up Zombieland. And Rhett Reese was pissed.
Our Zombieland series will not be moving forward on Amazon.Sad for everyone involved.— Rhett Reese (@RhettReese) May 17, 2013
I'll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans.You guys successfully hated it out of existence.— Rhett Reese (@RhettReese) May 17, 2013
Now, I wasn't really following the Zombieland TV show production saga, so maybe I'm wrong and there really was some kind of nerd holocaust regarding the show, but isn't it more likely that Amazon decided not to pick up the show for the same reasons networks decide all the time to cancel fan favorite shows and make dumb reality show or dance competition shows instead? Were Amazon executives really lurking around Tumblr, reading hardcore Zombieland fans bitching about the pilot, and basing their decisions on that? If that were the case, wouldn't every show ever on television be canceled by now?
But hey, if it makes Reese feel better to blame fanboys for his failure in getting this show off the ground, that's his prerogative. But when you're making movies and TV shows that count on a ground swell of support from a hardcore group of fans, maybe you shouldn't lash out at those fans, especially as they're the people most likely to be reading everything you say on the internet. Just some advice from your old pal Jude Terror.
Unless I'm wrong and Zombieland fans are the most powerful lobbying group in all of fandom. If so, maybe you guys could help me get Age of Ultron canceled. I would really like to see that book hated out of existence.