In my mind, if you’re looking for a unique and refreshing take on the zombie genre, then you don’t have to look much further than 2009’s horror action comedy, Zombieland. The film managed to not only bring together an interesting new onscreen ensemble with Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and Woody Harrelson, but also simultaneously make fun of and pay homage to the most iconic zombie films of the past.
The film was also written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who some readers may also recognize as the screenwriters of this year’s massive supehero hit film, Deadpool. While recently speaking with /Film as well, the screenwriters gave a long-awaited update on the sequel to their 2009 zombie hit, which has been stuck in developmental hell for seven years at this point.
The last thing we had heard about the sequel was director Ruben Fleischer’s reluctance to make the sequel until the story was right, and Doom writer Dave Callahan coming on board for a rewrite. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like much progress has been made since then:
“It’s actually still in development 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 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] Ruben [Fleischer], all feel like there’s no reason to do it again if we’re not getting it exactly right.”
Considering Stone, Breslin, and Eisenberg’s careers have all grown quite prominently in the years since Zombieland as well, it may get harder and harder for the original cast to come back together for the sequel the longer that it takes to get made. I respect that the team won’t be committing for a sequel until the story is right though, I just worry about how long it will take for that to happen, especially since Reese and Wernick don’t sound as involved as fans might have liked.
People who have really been paying attention to the sequel’s progress will probably remember the Amazon series that was originally supposed to happen at one point as well, with a pilot even being filmed, although the show itself never ended up going anywhere. It sounds like Sony is desperate to make the sequel happen though, especially following Reese and Wernick’s recent success with Deadpool as well, so hope for the Zombieland sequel shouldn’t be completely gone quite at least. Which is I suppose, somewhat comforting.
Zombieland 2 is currently in development, but we have no idea if it will ever get made.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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