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Do you remember Zombieland, the 2009 comedy that held the top spot for best grossing zombie movie in the United States until the 2013 release of World War Z? Led by Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin, the witty post-apocalyptic adventure was penned by the same writer duo who worked on the recent box office hit Deadpool: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

And while it took a while to get it running, a sequel to Zombieland is very much happening. Following up on a logo announcement for Zombieland 2 at this year's Comic-Con, the two writers stopped by "Geeking Out," a late night show on AMC hosted by Kevin Smith and Greg Grunberg, where they admitted that an iconic part of the movie almost turned out very differently.

Bill Murray Wasn't Part Of The Plan

Bill Murray might be king of the cameos, but his bit in Zombieland wasn't actually meant to happen. The writers revealed that they had originally imagined Patrick Swayze to play himself in the movie, although that idea fell through when he was too sick to work.

While they reached out to actors such as Kevin Bacon, Mark Hamill, Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme to replace Swayze, none of them would take the part. So the role was pretty much doomed until Harrelson called Bill Murray, who only requested a little more action for his character before he jumped on board.

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We can all be glad for that — especially because this scene couldn't have happened otherwise:

What About Zombieland 2?

'Zombieland' / Columbia Pictures
'Zombieland' / Columbia Pictures

The writers also discussed the progress of the sequel, disclosing that they were actually meeting with the main actor very soon:

"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."

There's not much we know about the plot, however, or whether the original cast are all returning. On another note, does that mean they've already handed in their draft for Deadpool 2?

Are you excited for Zombieland 2?


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