20 Cult Favorite Movies That Were Supposed To Be TV Shows First
Writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese tried to manifest Zombieland for nearly four years before it entered development as a feature film. Its original iteration was a 2005 spec script for a television pilot, but director Ruben Fleischer helped transform it into a feature by making one simple tweak: giving the road trip adventure a specific ending point at the theme park. The celebrity cameo also changed many, many times during development, originally being a deeply meta version of Patrick Swayze before eventually becoming Bill Murray, who only agreed to the role if the film’s set was environmentally conscious and if the director would give up dairy for a week. Ruben ended up becoming a vegetarian for eleven months because of Bill’s influence.