Zombies have been resurgently popular in mainstream culture for the last 15 years or so, but few films have captured the undead with equal parts fear, emotion, and comedy quite like 2009’s ‘Zombieland.’ Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who recently once again struck box-office gold with their adaptation of ‘Deadpool,’ the rule-creating, undead-bashing, road-tripping horror/comedy became the top-grossing zombie film of all time in the US and retained that title for 4 years after its release.
While the property has always maintained a high level of interest and support from fans, the “next step” in the saga has never been able to materialize; Amazon tried a pilot episode of a ‘Zombieland’ TV series in 2013, but with none of the principal actors returning, the concept struck out. Now comes word, however, that a long-delayed cinematic sequel is indeed in the works.
During a recent appearance on Kevin Smith’s AMC show ‘Geeking Out,’ Reese and Wernick were able to confirm that they are currently at work on the next film: “That is breaking news that we’re on ‘Zombieland 2’ right now,” the duo announced. “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.”
This is extremely good news for fans. The idea of a sequel has long been an interest of not only Harrelson but also Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin; after the final scene of ‘Zombieland’ had completed shooting, Harrelson infamously said to Reese and Wernick, “I’ve never wanted to do a sequel in the previous movies I’ve done until this one.”
Check out a clip from the episode of ‘Geeking Out’ below, which features the writers recounting a fascinating tale of how Bill Murray ended up as the “feature” celebrity zombie in the original film.
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