One of the biggest hits of 2016 is Deadpool, a movie that 20th Century Fox finally green-lit after several years of star Ryan Reynolds campaigning for the film. Due to its impressive box office earnings, a sequel was green lit almost immediately, with director Tim Miller and writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Rheese also set to return. The latter duo have thus been working on the script for Deadpool 2 - but that is not the only project they are working on, currently.
Wernick and Rheese have proven their ability to mesh comedy with action and now they look to be turning their attention to another franchise sequel. They are not joining a new property, but instead teaming back up with one of their older projects.
Both writers were guests on the latest episode of Kevin Smith and Greg Grunberg's new show on AMC, Geeking Out, and gave an update on the state of Zombieland 2. It appears that they are going to take a more hands on approach with the sequel moving forward after being revealed to be executive producing the project. The duo told Smith and Grunberg that they are currently moving forward with the sequel and will start meeting with some of the original cast soon.
"That is breaking news that we're on Zombieland 2 right now. We're sitting with Woody [Harrelson] tomorrow and are going to sort of walk him through some of the stuff we want to do. All the cast is pretty excited."
Although they only single out Harrelson as someone they are going to meet with soon, it sounds like the rest of the cast is excited and ready to come back as well. This should not come as a surprise given the ending to the first Zombieland, but it is nice to know early on in the pre-production process that Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin (all of whom have expressed interest in making a Zombieland sequel in the past) are on track to return too.
The big question surrounding the sequel will be the interest in this property returning. Zombieland came out in 2009, so this sequel should come out at least nine years after the first. By the time Zombieland 2 hits theaters, it could be too late. That said, as long as Sony follows the path of the first movie and makes it for cheap, then they should have no problem turning a profit. Harrelson, Eisenberg, and Stone are much bigger names now as compared to when the first was released - and with Reese and Wernick being close to Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds now, maybe he could make a (brief) appearance too?
Zombieland 2 does not currently have a release date. We'll keep you posted on the sequel's status as more information is made available.
Source: Geeking Out [via Comic Book]