Zombieland 2 could shoot next year, with the original cast
Presented by: Josh Weiss
Ruben Fleischer's Zombieland was a breath of fresh air for the undead genre when it first debuted in 2009. The utter carnage mixed with the comedy stylings of its leads, not to mention an awesome cameo from Bill Murray, made it an instant classic with plenty of moments turned into gifs. With such critical and box office success, the only question was when a sequel would arrive, but 10 years later, we still haven't seen a second Zombieland. We got a failed web series, but not a sequel. That could be changing within the next year, according to screenwriter Paul Wernick.
“We’re going on the tenth anniversary of Zombieland,” he told Vulture. “Zombieland came out October of 2009. We don’t know what you get someone for their tenth anniversary, but it may be a Zombieland 2. The hope is that we’re shooting that thing early 2019 for an October of ’19 release ... With the original cast, by the way.”
It'll be quite a feat to get the original players back for the sequel, since all of their careers have blown up in the years since. Jesse Eisenberg got the DCEU, Emma Stone won an Oscar, and Harrelson will have starred in two major sci-fi franchises: The Hunger Games and Star Wars. None will be as cheap as they once were. Fleischer could also return to direct, but at the moment, he's busy working on the live-action Venom film at Sony.
Wernick co-wrote the original Zombieland screenplay with his regular writing partner Rhett Reese. Right now, the two are basking in the glory of Deadpool 2 (in theaters today), which they penned with Ryan Reynolds