It’s time for cardio, as it looks like we may heading back to Zombieland.
Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick dropped some broad hints to Vulture that a sequel to their 2009 comedic zombie film starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin may be in theaters in time to celebrate the original’s tenth anniversary.
“We’re going on the tenth anniversary of Zombieland,” Wernick tells Vulture. “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.” Though he hedged with that “may be,” it seems like it’s not so far from a “will be.” “The hope is that we’re shooting that thing early 2019 for an October of ’19 release,” Wernick added — then tossed in even more good news for devotees: “With the original cast, by the way.”
They were mum beyond that, and say they have details they can’t give out just yet, but that it’s all positive. “We are sitting on information that we can’t entirely share at this moment,” Wernick added, “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.”
If true, we should start seeing more news as the year continues.
It is important to note that we have been down this road to a potential Zombieland sequel before. Right after the first film came out, everyone, including stars Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg, seemed very excited about a followup film. But that excitement seemed to wane by 2011. It was around that time too, that a planned TV series for CBS was first discussed, but never materialized. Another series attempt was made by Amazon in 2013, but not enough Amazon subscribers voted for the series to go forward.
Meanwhile, Reese and Wernick still have plenty of other things to keep them busy ifthis new attempt falls through. Currently, they’re working on Michael Bay’s Six Underground and the new adaption of the boardgame Clue. They are still listed as producers on Cowboy Ninja Viking starring Chris Pratt, though reports suggest that most of their original script has been rewritten.