Back in 2009, when Zombieland hit theaters, it served as a breakout hit for not only rising star Jesse Eisenberg, but also for director Ruben Fleischer and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The movie earned over $102 million worldwide, from a $23 million budget, and there was talk of Zombieland 2 shortly thereafter. During a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jesse Eisenberg teases that he'd love to do the sequel, although it isn't known when it may move forward.
"Yeah, it'd be wonderful to do. I know they've been trying to do it for a while, and I know they're trying to figure out exactly what will occur in it. But it's a kind of movie that, as soon as it came out, seemed appropriate to generate a sequel. It takes place in this odd, created world and features an ensemble of interesting characters that it'd be curious to see more of. I would hope that it happens, and I'm sure everybody would be happy to do it if it happens and it's good. It's also a strangely beloved movie, so it's a thing you have to get right. Some sequels you don't have to get exactly right, but this is the kind of movie you have to get right because people like it for personal reasons, even though it's a zombie comedy."
Last week, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who went on to write the script for the massive blockbuster Deadpool, revealed that the project is still very much in development, with the writers now serving as executive producers. Before that, the last update we had on the sequel was back in September 2014, when it was revealed that Ruben Fleischer would come back to direct, with Dave Callaham (Godzilla, The Expendables 3) coming aboard to write the script. It isn't known if that writer is still involved, or if Ruben Fleischer is still planning on directing.
Jesse Eisenberg's career certainly skyrocketed after the original Zombieland hit theaters in 2009. The next year he portrayed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the critically-acclaimed drama The Social Network, which earned him his first Oscar nomination. Next month, he will take on the iconic role of Lex Luthor in the long-awaited superhero adventure Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
It isn't clear if the rest of the Zombieland stars, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, would return to reprise their roles in the sequel, but given their increasingly busy schedules, it may be difficult to bring them all together to fight zombies once again. Are you still holding out hope that Zombieland 2 will still hit theaters some day? Given the recent success of everyone involved in the original movie, hopefully the sequel will eventually go into production, but we'll have to wait and see.