Zombieland 2 seemed like a sure thing, as far as sequels went. Yet, despite the original 2009 zombie comedy film’s status as a $102 million-earning global hit, the continuing franchise just can’t seem to get started, with a 2013 TV pilot that went nowhere and its movie sequel prospects constantly stalled. However, that could soon change, thanks to the latest update from the original film’s writing visionaries, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Reese and Wernick appear to be motivated to rev the Zombieland 2 production engine, since the 10-year anniversary of the Ruben Fleischer-directed original Zombieland is quickly approaching; an occasion that could prove to be a fortuitous release window for the belated sequel film. The original film hit back on October 2, 2009, which sets the decade mark about a year-and-a-half away, which means, in the very least, the preproduction process needs to wrap up soon. As Wernick tells Vulture:
“We don’t know what you get someone for their tenth anniversary, but it may be a Zombieland 2.” He adds, “The hope is that we’re shooting that thing early 2019 for an October of ’19 release.” Further qualifying the sequel plans by stating, “With the original cast, by the way.”
Regarding the mysterious Zombieland 2 details, Wernick adds:
“We are sitting on information that we can’t entirely share at this moment, but we can just say we think fans of Zombieland who have been hoping for a Zombieland 2, that we will grant their wish very, very soon.”
Zombieland was a crucial component of the zombie craze that – for the most part – is still infecting live-action media, notably spearheaded by AMC’s television hit, The Walking Dead, despite the film’s comedic, sometimes-meta, leanings. It also stands as a pre-stardom vehicle for eventual La La Land Best Actress Oscar Winner Emma Stone, eventually Oscar-nominated The Social Network star, Jesse Eisenberg, as well as an important showcase for co-stars Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, whose work on the Deadpool 2 script will debut on May 18, are already riding a wave of momentum, also tapped to write board game movie adaptation Clue. Indeed, in a March 2017 interview with Comicbook.com, the duo confirmed that Zombieland 2 was at the forefront of their minds. After confirming that the film was in active development, they added that, “We’re trying to get it going. All of our cast have read the script and love it.” As they continued:
“Ruben [Fleischer, the director of the original] 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.”
The ultimate decision here rests with Sony Pictures boss Tom Rothman, someone Reese and Wernick are badgering for the greenlight. “We’re pestering that dude,” they confirmed. “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.”
As do we. We’ll confirm when we have more news on the project. For now, it sounds like Zombieland 2 has people pretty much in place for whenever the starting gun is fired…