Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writers of each of the Deadpool and Zombieland movies have suggested a crossover between the two franchises would work perfectly. Zombieland: Double Tap, the decade-awaited sequel to the first movie, is released on Friday, and sees the return of its quartet of heroes as they try to survive the threat of evolving zombies, the aggression of other groups of survivors, and the increasing strain of each other.
Due to the success of Zombieland a sequel was planned soon after its release, but was not immediately worked on. Reese and Wernick had been hired to write the script for Deadpool, which itself had been in production as far back as 2004, and every year produced a new draft, in addition to writing the script for G.I. Joe: Retaliation. A pilot for a Zombieland TV series was made with a different cast for Amazon Video in 2013, but despite Reese and Wernick writing its script it came off as merely a pale imitation of the film and was not picked up.
As reported by ComicBook.com, when Reese and Wernick were in attendance at L.A. Comic Con to promote the release of Double Tap, they brought up the idea of Deadpool making an appearance in a future Zombieland film should the series continue. Their reasoning was that Deadpool’s healing factor makes him “kind of a zombie” as well as his sense of humor being “right on point with these guys.”
As well as the unfiltered violence and swearing, the humor of Deadpool is one aspect that made it such a success with audiences, even among those who were starting to feel the weight of superhero movie fatigue, with the fourth-wall-breaking referential jokes among the most popular. Likewise, Zombieland established a meta aspect to its humor, featuring Bill Murray playing a fictionalized and exaggerated version of himself, a role that he will be reprising in the sequel despite being killed in the first movie.
It’s exactly that complementary blend of comedic styles that would allow the appearance of a somewhat insane gun-slinging and sword-swinging mercenary to not seem all that out of place amidst the zombie-killing carnage. Wade reveling in fighting through a zombie apocalypse would be entirely within character for him, and would allow him to make endless jokes about the ubiquity of zombies in contemporary pop culture. He would also provide an opportunity to amplify Zombieland’s referential humor, perhaps by referring to Abigail Breslin as “Little Miss Sunshine,” deciding how Hawaiian and/or Chinese Emma Stone looks, or mistaking Jesse Eisenberg for Michael Cera. However they decide to play with it, the opportunities to have fun with the idea are varied and extensive.
- Zombieland: Double Tap/Zombieland 2 (2019) release date: Oct 18, 2019