You probably thought it was never going to happen. Or, admit it, you even forgot about that 2009 small-budget release and the fact that it was ever supposed to be continued. But the tale of Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock against the zombies, appropriately titled Zombieland, has a sequel in the works. It might even grace our screens before the second part of Avatar, that live-action Smurfs-in-the-jungle movie which came out the same year.
From 'Zombieland' To 'Deadpool'
Zombieland was written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who also happened to collaborate on this tiny new movie called Deadpool. The pair seem to be experts at box office smashing scenarios, considering Zombieland beat Dawn of the Dead and held the record for top-grossing zombie movie in the United States, until the release of World War Z in 2013.
'Zombieland 2' Confirmed
Since it came out in 2009, rumors about a second Zombieland have been going around, but it's only now been confirmed by Reese and Wernick. In a Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith, they explained that the sequel was still in development, but that the studio wanted to make sure to get the tone right.
"They’ve had a couple writers take a crack at it. We’re still exec producers and we’re guiding and helping where we can. I think there’s still very much talk about it, but I think it has to be right. I think all the actors and [original Zombieland director] Reuben [Fleischer] all feel like there’s no reason to do it again if we’re not getting it exactly right."
No 'Zombieland' TV Show
The witty post-apocalyptic tale, which starred Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin, was to be adapted into a TV series by Amazon Studios, but the project never went further than the pilot.
Can We Get Bill Murray Again?
One of Zombieland's most notorious scenes is Bill Murray's cameo, who avoided the epidemic but dressed as a zombie to be able to play golf unnoticed.
Even if we don't get another cameo, it's good to hear that no one is rushing into making this sequel happen. The humor in the movie was the main ingredient of its success and it would be a shame if the second one fell flat.
Do you think 'Zombieland 2' should happen, or would it not be as good as the first one?