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The undead action comedy ZOMBIELAND was released back in 2009, the unlikely Woody Harrelson/Jesse Eisenberg film eventually earned $102 million at the box office, which in turn sparked plenty of talk about bringing Harrelson, Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin back for a sequel. However by 2011, Eisenberg sounded hesitant about his involvement, questioning the sequel’s relevance while Harrelson made it known that he didn’t “feel like a sequels guy.” 2013 saw the attempt at ZOMBIELAND: The TV Series which was expected to happen through Amazon Instant Video but the company passed on the pilot.
The sequel idea appears to be getting some light shed onto it this time around as Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who penned the first ZOMBIELAND and also worked on the DEADPOOL screenplay, recently spoke with Comicbook.com and had this to say about ZOMBIELAND 2:
“It is [in active development]. We’re trying to get it going. All of our cast have read the script and love it. Ruben [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 Pictures chairman] Tom Rothman pretty frequently now and we’re pestering that dude. 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.”
That is great news for ZOMBIELAND fans indeed with Ruben Fleischer signed on to come back to direct the original cast. A nice plan for sure, let’s hope that things go well so that this film actually does get made.
Jesse Eisenberg said last year that a sequel “would be wonderful to do.” “It takes place in this odd, created world and features an ensemble of interesting characters that it’d be curious to see more of,” he said. “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.”
We will continue to bring you more on ZOMBIELAND 2 as it unfolds.