It's a good week for anyone who likes TV shows made by big-screen talent. Earlier today we shared trailers for the Michael Bay-produced Black Sails (coming to Starz) and the Eli Roth-produced Hemlock Grove (coming to Netflix), and now we've got even more Reel TV news to share: Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham is teaming up with Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski for Ballistic City, a sci-fi show on AMC.
Both will be producing with Kosinski directing the pilot about "a former cop thrust into the criminal underworld of a city housed in a generational spaceship destined for an unknown world." We're all for hard-core sci-fi returning to TV (the Syfy channel seems to have turned its back on it), so this is welcome news to us. And we can definitely see the potential in a show about a cop who must maintain order on a spaceship with a one-way ticket away from Earth.
However, it's worth noting that AMC is developing six other scripted TV shows, so this may never get beyond the pilot stage. For more about those other shows, check out Collider. We just hope it has a longer life than another show about the inhabitants of ship bound for deep space, the Peter Berg-directed pilot Virtuality.
And speaking of the pilot stage, today Amazon released the first episode of its TV reboot of Zombieland. As a refresher, none of the film's cast are returning, but the characters and writer are, as is the zombie-swept apocalypse. Fan's reactions to the pilot will determine the show's future, so if you do like it, be sure to rate it at Amazon. For now the pilot is free for anyone to watch, but should the show get more episodes, those will premiere on Amazon Prime's Instant Video service.
Check out the trailer below and the full pilot at Amazon.
UPDATE: The Zombieland pilot is now live.