‘Zombieland’ Screenwriters Confirm They’re Currently Working on the Sequel

By August 29, 2016

Zombieland provided one of the more interesting takes on the zombie genre in 2009, not only giving it a comedic spin, but also being one of those few action comedies that really worked, and still maintains a beloved status to this day, seven years later. Not just because of its rather infamous, and now iconic cameo appearance from Bill Murray either, though it’s still just as delightful as it was the first time we saw it.

Rumors of a sequel being in the works/happening have been off and on for years now, and as more and more time has gone on, including a failed Amazon series version of the property, it’s seemed less and less likely that we could ever really return to the world of Zombieland onscreen again.

The possibility sparked back to life after what seemed like a confirmation of the sequel’s existence came out earlier this year though, and thanks to some new comments from screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, while appearing on AMC’s Geeking Out as well, it looks like the duo are working on the sequel at this very moment… with all of the original cast excited by it:

“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.”

The duo also revealed that Murray’s cameo was originally written for Patrick Swayze in the film, before he got sick. After that, they tried to get a number of other actors to do it including Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Bacon, Mark Hamill, and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Thank God they ended up going with Murray too.

Even more than Reese and Wernick working on the script for the film though, especially following their success with Deadpool earlier this year, I think the most exciting bit of news from this reveal is the excitement from the original cast. Considering that both Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg have gone on to have huge careers since appearing in the first film, the possibility of them returning for a long-gap sequel seemed low. Now with this update, it looks like that may not be (at the very least) such a far away idea after all.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable