You know, we kind of thought that if a Zombieland sequel was ever going to happen, it would have happened by now. The extremely likeable horror comedy about a rag-tag group (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin) coming together to survive the zombie apocalypse, find Twinkies and avoid clowns came out back in 2009 and we all loved it, but that’s nearly 10 years ago and all of the actors are big stars now (well, Woody was a star then, to be fair).
However, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick told Comic Book.com that they are still very keen on getting a sequel together, and that it would involve all of the principal players from the original, including director Ruben Fleischer.
“It is [in active development],” said Wernick. “We’re trying to get it going. All of our cast have read the script and love it. Reuben [Fleischer] is signed on. It’s just a matter of making our cast deals and making it for a budget number. All the cast have become superstars now so, we made Zombieland with 20 million, so it’s trying to fit that financial model into the sequel model so it makes sense for the studio and being able to pay the actors what they now get paid and deserve to paid.”
“We see [Sony chief] Tom Rothman pretty frequently now and we’re pestering that dude,” added Reese. “He’s like, ‘Please, enough with the Zombieland talk!’ We’re pestering him the way we pestered Fox on Deadpool. We’re not letting it go. We really want to see Zombieland 2.”
Well, they do have experience with nagging studios, and with facing the surprisingly difficult problem of keeping sequels to films which made a lot of money within some kind of reasonable budget. That being said, Deadpool 2 is finally nearly ready to go (we’re still waiting to see if that Michael Shannon as Cable rumour is true), and the character is primed to appear in the X-Force movie too.
While we would obviously love to see more of Zombieland, we have developed a real nervousness about overdue sequels to films from the second half of the last decade. The one-two punch of 300: Rise Of An Empire and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For made us question if any of the zeitgeist-y movies from those years were actually any good…although we can see that it seems to be Frank Miller-specific.
You can see Reese and Wernick’s latest film, sci-fi horror Life, in cinemas now. Check out our review here.
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