A new report suggests Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd will cameo in Zombieland 2. Zombieland was a surprise hit back in 2009, combining a great cast with some sharp comedy writing and gory action. The story found four mismatched survivors of a zombie apocalypse going on a road trip to visit an amusement park, and having various adventures en route. The movie is probably best remembered for Murray’s surprise cameo midway through, where the survivors crash his mansion and hang out with the comedy icon - until he pulls a prank that goes tragically wrong.
Despite the success of the film, it’s taken nearly a decade for Zombieland 2 to come together. This is mostly down to cast members like Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg being busy on other projects, and as the years passed it was assumed a sequel probably wouldn’t happen. Zombieland had originally been developed as a television series, with John Carpenter attached to helm the pilot, so writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Deadpool) attempted to turn the movie back into a show in 2013. A pilot episode was made for Amazon without any returning cast, but poor reviews meant it wasn’t picked up for series.
Now the entire original cast is returning for Zombieland 2, which reveals that the zombies have mostly died out, but have been replaced by nearly unkillable super-zombies. It was expected the sequel might try to outdo Murray’s cameo from the first movie, but according to a report by Geeks Worldwide, not only will the actor return, but he’ll be bringing his Ghostbusters co-star Dan Aykroyd with him.
Sadly, there are no concrete details about their part in the story, but they’ll apparently be playing fictional versions of themselves. In Murray’s case, this raises an interesting question since he died in Zombieland. That said, he died from a gunshot wound to the chest, so perhaps he’s somehow been resurrected. Either that or the movie just ignores his demise altogether. Either way, it’ll be a treat to see Aykroyd and Murray on screen together for the first time since 1989's Ghostbusters II.
Aykroyd recently raised eyebrows by suggesting Ghostbusters 3 may be happening and will reunite himself, Murray and Ernie Hudson. Fans greeted this announcement with heavy skepticism, however. The actor spent years talking up a third Ghostbusters movie prior to Paul Feig’s 2016 reboot, which never went ahead due to Murray’s reluctance to appear. The death of Harold Ramis - who played Egon Spengler - in the first two movies eventually led to the movie being cancelled.
That said, if rumors of Murray and Aykroyd appearing together in Zombieland 2 prove accurate, perhaps there’s something to the Ghostbusters 3 reports too.
Source: Geeks Worldwide