After nearly 7 years, a Zombieland sequel is still trying to find its way into existence, and it looks like it may finally be happening. There have been a lot of false starts along the way, but original writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese recently confirmed that they are currently working on the script and meeting with some of the original cast to get Zombieland 2 going for real. It sounds like the project may have some actual steam behind it now, and that could be enough to finally get cameras rolling in the near future.
The writing duo appeared together on the latest episode of Kevin Smith and Greg Gunberg's new AMC show Geeking Out, where they offered an update on Zombieland 2. It seems like they have already been discussing things with the original cast members, and they also make it sound like pretty much everyone is still on board. Here is what they had to say.
"That is breaking news that we're on Zombieland 2 right now. We're sitting with [Woody Harrelson] tomorrow and are going to sort of walk him through some of the stuff we want to do. All the cast is pretty excited."
In the past, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin and Woody Harrelson have all expressed interest in doing a sequel to the 2009 zombie movie, but it has stalled at seemingly every turn. Now, Wernick and Reese may have a bit of leverage to work with, though. The pair also wrote Deadpool, which just so happened to be arguably the biggest hit of 2016. The movie made nearly $800 million on a budget of less than $60 million, so Wernick and Reese could be riding the success and trying to leverage that into getting the sequel made sooner rather than later. It doesn't hurt that they are also in a more hands-on role, as they are executive producing for Zombieland 2.
The original Zombieland grossed $102.3 million on a budget of less than $30 million, making it a pretty big hit for Sony at the time. Reese and Wernick also wrote the script for a Zombieland TV pilot which was produced as part of Amazon Studios' first ever pilot season. While all four of the main characters were featured in the show, they were all played by different actors, and Amazon didn't pick up the pilot to series. That is the closest we ever actually got to Zombieland 2 happening, until now anyway.
There were reports earlier in the year that Zombieland 2 was possibly set to shoot this summer in Atlanta, where much of the original movie took place. While that may not be happening, it does seem like Reese and Wernick are trying hard to get this thing going. There was no mention of a director for the project, but it seems possible that Ruben Fleischer could return. Even if cameras started rolling very soon, by the time the movie comes out, it will be nearly a decade since the first Zombieland was released. Is it too late for Zombieland 2? If it is as good as the original, then probably not, but the cast isn't getting any younger. We will be sure to keep you updated as more details become available.