Zombieland 2 IS HAPPENING!!!!
Nearly 8 years ago, way, way back on October 2nd, 2009, Columbia Pictures and Relativity Media released the smash hit adventure horror comedy directed by Ruben Fleischer titled “Zombieland”. The film starred Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, and comedy legend, Bill Murray.
In the first film, a skittish young man with a nervous disposition and irritable bowels named Columbus is trying to get back to Ohio to find his family when he teams up with a gun wielding redneck named Tallahassee who is hunting for the world’s last Twinkie. The pair join forces with two sisters, Wichita and Little Rock, who are trying to get to an amusement park and begin traveling zombified America.
Produced on a budget of just over $23,000,000, the film went on to earn more than $75,000,000 in the domestic market and more than $100,000,000 internationally. Zombieland was a success in the eyes of both the general moviegoing public and critics alike. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t love it or at least have a soft spot in their hearts for the movie. At the time of writing this article, the film has a rating of 7.7 out of 10 on IMDB and that’s based on the votes from well over 400,000 members.
Back in 2013, Amazon Studios tried their hand at creating a series inspired by the film/source material, but after the pilot was panned by fans and critics, Amazon declined to order any further episodes. Just watch the trailer above and you can understand why no one wanted to pursue it.
The fate of the property seemed to be lingering in Hollywood limbo when in February of 2016, it was announced that the original writers of Zombieland, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (who also wrote DEADPOOL), would be teaming up yet again to pen the script for the sequel! In August of the same year, they announced that they had been meeting with Woody Harrelson to discuss the film and mentioned that the rest of the cast was “pretty excited.”
In late March of 2017, the writers announced that the script had finally been completed and that the film was in active development. Also, the cast had read the script and unanimously loved it. The first film’s director has been signed on once again to helm the ship and we couldn’t be more excited.
Part of the reason for the first film’s budget being relatively small was due to casting choices of up-and-comers/virtual unknowns in the industry. Now that they’re superstars, the production team is trying to come up with a budget to accommodate paying them what they deserve. So there you have it. It IS gonna happen. When? We have no idea, but our best guess is that you’ll be munching twinkies in a movie theater watching this zombie sequel sometime around mid 2018 to early 2019