Update: After being teased by the writers, the sequel is now official. According to Variety, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin are all returning for the film, along with director Ruben Fleischer. Production is expected to begin in January 2019, with an October 2019 release in the works. The original story follows.
The cult classic Zombieland, which came out in 2009, may be getting a sequel. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick–who wrote the original–told Vulture that a sequel with the original cast might be in theaters by October 2019 to celebrate the original’s 10-year anniversary.
“We’re going on the tenth anniversary of Zombieland,” Wernick said. “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…with the original cast, by the way.”
Zombieland starred Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and Woody Harrelson, as well as Bill Murray in a wonderfully silly and morbid cameo. The movie, which was directed by Ruben Fleischer, made $102.4 million against a $23.6 million budget. It was generally well-liked by critics for its silly story and zombie-killing mayhem.
Wernick added that they will hopefully be able to share more news soon about the sequel, which will reportedly start shooting in early 2019.
“We are sitting on information that we can’t entirely share at this moment,” he said. “But we can just say we think fans of Zombieland who have been hoping for a Zombieland 2, that we will grant their wish very, very soon.”
Wernick and Reese went on to enjoy even more success after Zombieland, as they wrote 2016’s beloved and commercial smash Deadpool; they also wrote Deadpool 2.
Last year, Wernick said he was hopeful that Zombieland 2 would eventually get made, but this is the first time he and Reese are talking specifics about when it may enter production and release. A pilot for a Zombieland TV show was produced for Amazon, but it did not get picked up to a full series.
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