Audiences were chomping at the bit for the release of Zombieland in 2009 - and despite a relatively low budget, the film proved to be a hit at the box office, grossing over $100 million worldwide. The franchise was then given a new lease of life when Amazon produced a pilot episode based on the movie, with the potential to become an original series. The television series would have continued the adventures of the main characters, Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock, but the project failed to impress audiences, which resulted in the series' cancellation.
Then, in 2014, news emerged that Sony Pictures were resurrecting Zombieland and that a sequel was in active development but no further details came down the wire. However, according to one of the writers, Zombieland 2 is not dead yet.
Rhett Reese, who recently co-wrote the R-rated superhero adventure Deadpool with his writing partner (and Zombieland collaborator) Paul Wernick, revealed during a Q&A podcast (via Cinema Blend) that the living dead will rise again in the aforementioned sequel:
It’s actually still in development over at Sony, they’ve had a couple writers take a crack at it, we’re still exec producers and we’re guiding and helping where we can and, yeah, I think there’s still very much talk about it, but I think it has to be right, I think all the actors and [original ‘Zombieland' director] Reuben [Fleischer] all feel like there’s no reason to do it again if we’re not getting it exactly right.
While the Zombie-infested flick is still in the very early stages of development, it would seem that the creative team and actors attached to the first movie are keen to hit the nail on the head with the second installment. Even though this is a promising statement, the question remains: Will all of the individuals involved be able to loosen their demands and align their schedules to end up in the same room together for Zombieland 2?
Woody Harrelson, who was the biggest name in the cast list when Zombieland first came out, is currently filming War for the Planet of the Apes, in addition to having completed a number of movies that are due for release this year, including a sequel to the mystery thriller Now You See Me, which also stars his Zombieland co-star Jesse Eisenberg. In the meantime, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin and Eisenberg have all gone on to achieve individual success since they last worked together in 2009 - and they are also tied up with various other projects.
Over in the writing department, this could be the perfect time for Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to strike with Zombieland 2, hot on the heels of their box office smash Deadpool. However, at the same time, we can only imagine that every bit of their typing and penmanship is currently going into the script for Deadpool 2, which is why other writers - with Dave Callaham (The Expendables, Godzilla) reported to be among them - are currently working on the Zombieland sequel script instead.
On the other hand, Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer has no upcoming projects in the works, so he should be able to focus entirely on the sequel. Keeping all of this in mind, it would appear that there will either be a shake up of the original cast and production team, or that we have quite a while to wait for Zombieland 2 yet (assuming it does eventually happen).
Sit tight and eat a Twinkie; Screen Rant will bring you all of the latest news regarding Zombieland 2 as it develops.