Despite the fact that Zombieland was a massive hit, plans for a sequel stalled and it seemed like that failed Amazon pilot might be the closest thing we’d ever get to a sequel. Well, think again.
Five years after the sleeper zombie hit, Sony Pictures has tapped Dave Callaham (The Expendables, Doom) to write a script for a sequel. Callaham also had a pass on that troubled Ant-Man script. Thankfully, original director Ruben Fleischer will be back to lend a hand in the writing process — but still no word on original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. If this goes forward without them, it’s a shame.
Reese and Wernick still seemed interested in mounting some type of follow-up as recently as last year, when they put together the uneven pilot episode for a Zombieland television series that would’ve streamed on Amazon’s Prime video service. But despite the name recognition, Amazon passed due to mixed reviews from critics and subscribers.
Deadline reports there’s still no word on which actors (if any) might return for the sequel. The first film starred fan faves Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson. Zombieland managed a casting coup to lock up these future A-listers before they hit it too big in recent years, so it’d be a tall order to actually reassemble the team. But here’s hoping.
With its sharp wit and irreverent take on the apocalypse, Zombieland helped usher in the modern zombie craze, so it’s no surprise the studio wants to make another run at a sequel. In a world where a Tetris movie can exist, why not this?
Are you glad to hear Zombieland 2 has (apparently) escaped development hell?