Sony’s 2009 hit film Zombieland is officially getting its long-awaited sequel. The Jesse Eisneberg-led apocalyptic comedy presented audiences with a fresh take on a done-to-death genre that pushed the movie on to crack $100 million at the box office, off of a mere $24 million budget. Eisenberg’s character Columbus, along with Tallahassee (Harrelson), Wichita (Stone) and Little Rock(Breslin), found themselves among the few survivors in a zombie infested United States, with each having pulled through thanks mainly to their respective personal philosophies. By the film’s conclusion, the four had formed an effective team despite their differences as people.
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Since its release, Zombieland has gone on to attract further attention, mostly from positive word of mouth, and a sequel has been talked about for a few years now. Well, finally it seems the studio has opted in and Zombieland 2 is officially on the way.
A report from THR confirmed the news on Friday and provided further details on the project, which sees the return of director Ruben Fleishcer (who will begin working on Zombieland 2 after completing Venom), along with Eisenberg, Stone, Harrelson and Breslin who will reprise their roles, much to the joy of the fans. Production on the sequel is currently scheduled to begin in early 2019 with a potential eyed release date next October, around the tenth anniversary of the first film. Sony President Sandford Panitch commented on the recent announcement saying:
“This is one of those projects that fans have wanted to see happen for a long time – and no one wanted to see it happen more than Emma, Woody, Jesse, and Abigail. These are some of the most in-demand actors and I think they are making this movie because they love these characters. We are thrilled Ruben was willing to come back to direct the sequel, as his work on Venom has been truly amazing”.
Perhaps the most interesting part of Panitch’s remarks is his mention of the Venom project and how the studio is clearly very happy with the work they’ve seen Fleischer doing on the movie – which no doubt played a big part of his return to directing duties for the Zombieland franchise. For Sony to publicly praise the 43-year-old filmmaker’s efforts with Venom before the movie even comes out may seem risky to some, but it shows the belief that the studio has in Fleischer which is very positive to see.
Zombieland 2 bursts into theatres October, 2019