It was a rumor and now it's turning out to be true: Zombieland, this fall's hit horror/comedy (and the current no. 1 pirated movie on the Internet) will in fact be getting a sequel - in 3D, no less.
Variety has confirmed the news (which first circulated around the blogosphere about a week ago), adding more fuel to a fire we here at Screen Rant lit under our butts, with a lengthy op-ed about the Zombieland piracy controversy.
So, with the fuel added, let the fire burn anew...
For a while it seemed as though all the rampant downloading had plunged Zombieland's financial viability into question, with hopes for a sequel hanging in the balance. However, it now seems that Sony is indeed moving forward with a sequel, hoping that the 3D format will give the film a box office boost.
Reportedly, Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and producer Gavin Polone have both closed deals to return for the sequel. Writers Rhett Reese (whose tweets started the whole piracy controversy) and Paul Wernick are currently working on the screenplay for the sequel and the studio is in talks with stars Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg to reprise their roles. (Sorry, no word on if the Zombieland girls will be returning yet.)
But how will a Zombieland film fare in 3D? Says Polone:
"Everyone had fun watching (the first) 'Zombieland'; making it a more visceral experience can only make it better," said the film's producer Gavin Polone. "I don't think you want to see 'Ordinary People' in 3-D. But 'Zombieland' is clearly one movie that will benefit from (the technique)."
I gotta admit, Zombieland is the kind of the film that I imagine will make fun use of the "3D gimmick." Horror films like My Bloody Valentine or The Final Destination have used the "in your face death scene" technique pretty cheesily lately - but seeing Woody Harrelson knock a zombie's nooggin' right out of the screen with his trademark banjo is definitely something I can live with.
Can you see me now?
For you fans in an uproar about this whole piracy debate: Gotta wonder how much your ill-begotten copies of Zombieland factored into the decision to do a sequel in 3D. Kinda hard to pirate a movie in 3D, no? Good incentive to catch the movie in the theater...
As I said in the latter half of that same piracy op-ed (if you bothered to read that far): more and more theatrical movies are turning to bells, whistles and spectacles as justification for audiences paying theater ticket prices - making it even more sensible for the movie industry to start utilizing digital downloads and video on demand as viable markets for releasing ye olde "standard format movie."
What do you think about Zombieland 2 in 3D? Relieved? Peeved? Excited?