'Zombieland 2' Finally Confirmed; Here's Everything We Know

'Zombieland 2' Finally Confirmed; Here's Everything We Know

Jul 16, 2018

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This week, we can enjoy the wide theatrical release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, a sequel arriving 10 years after the original, based on music that first became popular in the 1970s, with Mission: Impossible - Fallout, the latest installment in a film series that began in 1996, following up next week. So in this era of sequels to beloved movies from decades past, it feels like the perfect time to herald the forthcoming arrival of another long-awaited follow-up film.

Released in October 2009, Zombieland told the tale of four people who teamed up to survive a zombie apocalypse. The horror-comedy was a success at the box office, earning more than $102 million worldwide against a modest budget, estimated to be $23 million. Now a sequel, first touted in November 2009, is finally on its way, per THR. Here's everything we know about it.

Who will star?

Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin are all reprising their roles. While Eisenberg and Stone had both broken out in previous roles (The Squid and the Whale and Superbad, respectively), Zombieland certainly widened their appeal. Academy Award nominee Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) was just 12 years old when filming on the original began; she has remained busy in films, TV and the stage.

Wait, wasn't there a TV version?

Yes. Amazon produced a pilot episode that debuted in April 2013, but a full series was not ordered. None of the original stars returned, though the pilot was written by original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Who are the writers now?

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the original, have followed up with a script for the sequel. They envisioned their original idea as a TV series in 2005. The script was their first feature credit as a writing team. Since then, they have written G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Deadpool, Life and Deadpool 2.

What is the story?

"The new movie will once again put the focus on comic mayhem, taking the quartet from the White House to the American heartland as they face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first Zombieland, as well as some new human survivors. But, most of all, according to [Sony Pictures], they have to face the growing pains of their snarky, makeshift family." -- THR.

Who will be directing?

Ruben Fleischer. The original film marked his feature debut after he directed a number of television commercials and music videos. His other credits include the comedy 30 Minutes or Less (with Jesse Eisenberg) and crime drama Gangster Squad (with Emma Stone). Most recently, he directed the superhero thriller Venom (with Woody Harrelson), which is due for release on October 5, 2018.

When might we see it?

Sony Pictures will begin production in January 2019 and plans are for Zombieland 2 to be released in October 2019, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the original.

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