While out doing the promotion for his next feature, Gangster Squad which opens this Friday, Fleischer was reluctant to declare the project completely dead, but it did sound as if it was mostly dead.
I hate to do it, but I can say that there’s no immediate plans to make the movie. There’s no script, really, so the likelihood of it happening is slim. But I would not wanna put a nail in that coffin.
Given that Zombieland cleared $100 million at the box office against its slim $28 million budget, it wasn’t so much the studio’s reluctance to go forward with a sequel as it was a personal one, Fleischer explained.
Well I think that the studio would be very excited to make it. It’s not that the studio is not excited, it’s that we took one shot at the script [and] it wasn’t something we all got excited to do. And just on a personal level, I was really excited to, having made one movie, to make different movies, not just go back into that world again. But now that I have some distance and I’ve done some other stuff, I would be more inclined to go back to Zombieland I guess you could say. But at the time when the talk of the sequel was really—when it felt like it was possible—I was really kind of shying away from it just because I’ve only made one movie, I wanna make different movies with different people and learn different things, and so I was a little hesitant to just jump right back into the same thing.
Don’t despair zombie fans as there are still a number of other zombie films in development and slowly shambling their way towards us, including the comedy The Kitchen Sink.