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Adam Carlson
May 17, 2013 AT 02:03 PM EDT

It’s a sad day in Zombieland-land: Franchise creator Rhett Reese — who co-wrote both the 2009 movie and the Amazon pilot that that movie has become with Paul Wernick — tweeted that the series “will not be moving forward on Amazon. Sad for everyone involved.”

The pilot has been available online for a month. Our Chris Nashawaty said, “There are a few yuks and also a pleasantly high body count. [But] the actors feel like bargain-basement knockoffs of Harrelson, et al. … You feel like you’re watching a smudged Xerox of what was a pretty hilarious movie.”

Customer feedback was always meant to be an integral part of how Amazon decided which pilots would move to series. Ironically, Zombieland has more 5-star reviews on Amazon that it has 1-star, 2-star, and 3-star reviews — combined. And yet:

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

Anyway, we did our best, and we’re very proud of our team.

— Rhett Reese (@RhettReese) May 17, 2013

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Updates to come…

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