Woody Harrelson Says ‘Zombieland 2′ Isn’t A Guarantee

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Total Film spoke with Zombieland star Woody Harrelson recently, and in somewhat of a downer update (see what I did there?) the hemp-loving thespian let it be known that while Hollywood logic would dictate that a sequel to a $100 million box office hit (and winner of “Most Pirated Movie 2009“) is a no-brainer, Zombieland 2 is not something that is guaranteed to happen – nor should it be.

In speaking with Total Film, Harrelson had the following perspective to offer:

“I didn’t even want to read the script [of the first film]… Then as it turns out, I read the script and I thought it was phenomenal, really funny…Usually, if I theoretically reject it, I’m right, but this one I was dead wrong. And it might be the first movie I do a sequel to.”

“I’m sure it will happen if everyone does it, but I’m not sure it’s the right thing to do…It’s one thing to do it when it came out real good and it made a lot of people laugh, but then to do a sequel…I don’t know. I don’t feel like a sequels guy.”

My first reaction would be to say that a Zombieland sequel would move forward with or without Harrelson returning – but at this point I’d be talking out of my rear. In fact, the last we heard about Zombieland 2 was well over a year ago, when the writers of the first film, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, pitched some possibilities for the sequel and even floated the idea of filming it in 3D. Since that time, mum has been the word on the Zombieland front.

Flash-forward to today and the possibility of getting another Zombieland has gotten less likely than before. Reese and Wernick have been working hard on the scripts for G.I. Joe 2 and the eagerly-anticipated Deadpool movie, which would suggest that there’s been little time or room for them to tackle an up-in-the-air project like Zombieland 2.

Then there’s the issue of recollecting the stars of the original film for a sequel. Zombieland was made on a modest $23 million budget, but since that time, the stars of the film have seen their careers hit a fast stride, and bringing them back for the sequel would likely not be a moderately priced negotiation. Woody Harrelson kind of meanders through Hollywood these days, picking mostly bit parts or indie roles at leisure (see: Defendor, 2012, The Messenger) but Zombieland‘s other stars are in the prime of their time in Hollywood.

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L to R: Eisenberg, Stone, Breslin and Harrelson in 'Zombieland'.

Jesse Eisenberg is up for a Best Actor Oscar for his Social Network role, while Emma Stone had a breakout year with Easy A and will be starring in The Amazing Spider-Man next year. Expect her to be tied up in Spidey’s web for at least one more sequel after ASM. Little Abigail Breslin isn’t so little anymore, and her career as a serious actress is certainly wide open. Catch Breslin this year voicing a character in Rango and starring in the star-studded ensemble film, New Year’s Eve.

There are a lot of movies that, when looking back from the present, appear to be small miracles in terms of the talent who came together to make them (Three Kings, looking at you). Zombieland now fits in that category, and the notion of bringing back all the talent involved in the film is just as Woody Harrelson would suggest: not something that necessarily will happen.

As for the question of whether or not Zombieland 2 should be made? I’ll let you guys answer that in the comments.

Source: Total Film

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  1. I really hope they do make it.
    To me there is just so much to show in Zombieland that they didn’t in the first one. Now that they are all close together now it would be nice to see them work together and find others with maybe some funny cameos?

    Maybe they can show it a few years late to solve the problem with Breslin
    If they don’t make it i will be fine with it, but i would really like to see the characters alive once more

    • The movie was a pleasant surprise for me. It really was a good movie. I don’t know about a sequel. Sometimes they work and sometimes they can embarrass a franchise. If the script is good, I say they should do it; if not they should toss it back and ask for something better.

    • The girl isn’t even important to the movie, find a different actress.

      • Zombieland is amazing make #2. NOW

  2. Yes!!!! Make zombieland 2, even funnier, more action, more gore!!!!

  3. if they can top the first one then yes I want a sequel :)

  4. Woody Harrelson needs to be in part 2!

    • Hell ya

  5. Loved the first one, hope they do a second.

  6. I’m all for a sequel if they can top the original. I just don’t want it to be one of those sequels made to cash in, give us more rules and some great laughs.

  7. I’d buy that for a dollar….

    • You’re my new favorite person of the day.

      At any rate, as much as part of me would love to see a sequal, the logical part of me says that it’ll suck.

      I don’t want to see them screw up what has already been done. Granted, they’ve got their own set of “rules” to play by (harharha-why am I the only one laughing?), so getting the mythos/science/physics whathave you right would be a nonissue.

      Making it WORK WOULD be the issue.

      Granted, if done RIGHT, it would be even BETTER than the first…

  8. This is funny ’cause I’m watching Zombieland right now, and was wondering about the sequel.

  9. meh I’m ok either way. I liked the first, but I didn’t feel like a sequel was needed. Some films just work well as a single film rather than a franchise. Not everything needs sequel after sequel. It will more than likely be a massive let down and not live up to the first at all.

  10. There are endless things you could do with a sequel to this movie. As far as I am concerned, it doesn’t even need to be the same cast. Pick a new troop of people that are traveling during that time. Then use the old cast in a cameo. Or use Jesse Eisenburg and show how the rest got killed. It is Zombieland people. Not Indiana Jones. The characters and actors are as interchangeable as Legos.

    • Heck yah. The Zombie Kill awards is a great angle to go with. Anyone can be used.

  11. Ild love to see a sequal, however, the writers of the first one (the guys who made it what it is) are so busy, ild rather see a kick-ass deadpool movie that stays true to the comic then another zombieland… sequals are usually bad… hope it does get made, but after deadpool…

    just me though :D

  12. I’m usually not a big fan of zombie films, but Zombieland was awesome. Bill Murray was great as was the rest of the cast. Correct me if I am wrong, but why do they even need the original cast to make a sequel? They can follow a whole other group of people battling zombies in a different part of the country.

    • Aaaand – Straight to Video!

      • I disagree, we’re not talking about “snakes on a train” here. We’re talking same writers, same director, basically the same crew, but a different cast somewhere completely different. which will allow the writers to have a fresh start to put thier characters through what ever they want to put them through.

        Personally I think the sequel or tv series has potential to being better if they stared a fresh cast, than to recast the same people.

        If they write a good script, it should hit theatres

  13. Zombieland was a very funny film. But there is no need for a sequel.

  14. hahahah funny how someone said Woody needs to be
    in the second coz by reading the page looks like he might be only one in it hahahha not to diss him or nothing he is great actor with many great movies but other 3 are young and taking off hopefully they will put in more money to get all 4 original charactors back…
    MAKE IT happen !!!

  15. It was Ok as a Zombie film. The best and what everyone can relate to is the “rules” and the oh yeah that’s the way I would be factor.

    It was ok as a comedy movie.

    It does not need a Z2. Actually now that I think about it as far as Zombie movies go I have only watched it one time and it really didnt leave that big of an impression on me the first go around so definitely IMO a 2nd is not needed.

    • Aknot It almost seems as if they people who liked it the most are people who are not fans of Zombie films. I actually hate Zombie films and I loved Zombieland go figure lol I liked it as an action comedy. I don’t even think of it as a zombie flick mostly because I couldn’t watch it if I did lol I truly hate zombie films.

    • Aknot? You know how I found this page? I was looking to see if Z2 was going to be made and found this link. The thing I can’t understand is why your here…. If Z1 was only ok to you and didn’t leave you with a big impression. Then what was the point of even writing on here. Anyway I loved Z1 my neice loves it too. She even says lines from the movie from Bill Murray and Woody and she’s only 4. We have watched the movie over 30 times. I would love to see a sequel. With the orginal cast most def!!!! The first cast made it great. A new cast would destroy it. Woody as the hero, Jessie with his witty but dorky style,Emma with her kick butt attitude and charm, and Abigail who is still trying to be a kid while forced to grow up. I love the bond her and woody shared, she needed a parental unit and he need a son… well he settled for a daughter type instead. If I knew how to do CGI and could make them and the film like the way they made young arnie in terminator salvation. There would already be a sequel. I’d just have to change all there names and the title if I wanted anyone else to see it.

  16. I didn’t see Zombieland in theaters because I didn’t care for Woody Harrelson. Well, BIG MISTAKE on my part! I finally saw the movie on Starz and haven’t laughed that hard while watching a movie in years. I so wish I saw it in the theater when it was out. I’m all for a sequel and feverently hope that all the original actors are in it including Woody. He definitely won me over in Zombieland and there is so much they can do for a sequel. I’d see Z2 over GI Joe 2 any day!

  17. I really think z-land2 should be made it’s really funny and people like it you can make a lot of money off it I know I’m looking forward to see zombie land 2 I would even like to if I could

  18. i really do hoope they do a zombieland 2 i really enjoyed the first :)

  19. please make a zombieland 2. the first one was probally the best movie I’ve EVER seen. blood, gore, guns, and hot actresses = my kind of movie! if you haven’t seen it, go get it now.

  20. i think there should be a second. the first one was amazing, there is so much more to explore in zombieland. the charecters definatly go good with the movie i think they should do it!

  21. If Woody Harrelson isn’t going to be in Zombieland 2, then save yourself the regret and don’t even go through with the movie. You will have a lot of pissed off fans (such as myself) who won’t even go and see the movie. I would like to say though: Woody Harrelson, please make the sequel. I absolutley loved the movie simply because you were in it. Big Picture: You make more money and a bigger fan base. Face it: We all win. Please be in the sequel.

  22. i saw another video were they interviewed the directors and they said that there will be another video and the same characters will be in it and others, also

  23. In the end, these are working actors and none of which are demanding over 5 million a picture. The sequel will more than likely see and increase to the production budget and this could accommodate the increase demanded in pay by the core four. All four spoke of how much fun it was making the film, to me if you are “working”, getting paid the same as any other production and you are having fun doing it, then why would you walk? Their fan base would only increase with a sequel given the response to the first and this only helps your “brand” as an actor and the reach you have audience wise. If all four are not back, it is because of one word, ego. You have to realize that sometimes its important to give the people what THEY want, especially when you need them the next time around to come out and support your indie films or crappy reboot’s (see ASM).

  24. Yes u ahold I love zombieland

  25. I really think they should do a sequel. Yes it probably won’t be made within a year of the first movie. Since the actors and the producers are all on different projects right now, it might be best to wait a year or so. It may even work if they came back into the story of Zombieland a year or so down the road from where we left them at Pacific Playland. I would like to think all the actors would come back even if the pay isn’t the same as the other films they act in within the next year.
    I have been waiting for any news of a sequel since I learned that they were considering the idea of it. I really believe it would help the fan base of all of the actors involved if they did a sequel (maybe even a movie series if they can work it without losing the comedic side of it along with the story itself). Either way it’s a great movie and could be a great movie series if they did it.

  26. OMG – how can they NOT make a ZOMBIELAND II?! I thought it was a sure thing – now i’m depressed!!!

  27. I think it would be fun to see a new one but when you think about it the film worked because you walked in not knowing how funny it could be… if a second one comes out and doesnt meet the bar of the first one everyone with a laptop will start crying about how it was nothing like the first… i say leave it with just one and enjoy a twinkie.

  28. zombieland 2 will definitely happen. I don’t know why budget from the last film would have anything to do with making the sequel either… has nothing to do with it. the profits from the first film alone are enough to get all the big actors back and take care of half the second films budget. I am 100% sure the second film will be out sometime late 2012 – early 2013. no worries…