Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been in high in demand in Hollywood lately and no doubt going to continue to ride their wave of success thanks to Deadpool 2. One of their most often demanded projects may finally be happening with a sequel for Zombieland.
As Zombieland approaches its 10th anniversary, Reese and Wernick talked to Vulture about their success the 2009 hit with their work on the Deadpool film franchise, their current projects with Michael Bay’s Six Underground, the Clue (based on the popular board game)remake, Cowboy Ninja Viking with Chris Pratt, the YouTube Red series Wayne and the long-awaited Zombieland sequel (possible).
With a $23.4 million budget, Zombieland garnered rave reviews and a $102.4 million take at the box office.
The Ruben Fleicher-directed horror-comedy starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin. It was a film that never took itself too seriously as Columbus (Eisenberg) served as the film’s narrator meeting up with other survivors of the zombie apocalypse also identifying themselves by the city they resided in before the apocalypse hit.
His narration-style reflected on a rule set he kept for survival. Along the way, he meets with a noble redneck warrior Tallahassee (Harrelson) and a couple of con women, Wichita (Stone) and Little Rock (Breslin) as they fight their way to a theme park. To top it all off, we get one of the most unforgettable cameos in Bill Murray.
“We’re going on the tenth anniversary of Zombieland,” Wernick said. “Zombieland came out October of 2009. We don’t know what you get someone for their tenth anniversary, but it may be a Zombieland 2. The hope is that we’re shooting that thing early 2019 for an October of ’19 release with the original cast.”
The cast has been open to returning, but nothing has ever panned out until now. There was a short-lived Amazon Prime TV series of the same name with a different cast, which was supposed to serve a sequel to the film, but was met with poor reviews.
Wernick was mum on any further details.
“We are sitting on information that we can’t entirely share at this moment, but we can just say we think fans of Zombieland who have been hoping for a Zombieland 2, that will we will grant their wish very, very soon.”
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