Zombieland Sequel in the Works
by Justin Cook
Zombieland surprised many when it proved to be a sleeper hit at the box office in 2009. Now five years later, Zombieland 2 looks like it will actually be happening at Sony Pictures.
It has taken a while for a Zombieland sequel to get off the ground, but screenwriter David Callaham has been hired to pen the film and Zombieland director Rueben Fleischer will be returning to direct the next installment.
At this time it is still unknown if Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin, the cast of the first Zombieland film, will be returning for the sequel.
Callaham has written for many interesting projects, including a film named Barrow, which eventually became The Expendables, and an early draft of the rebooted 2014 Godzilla script. However, a very large portion of his script for Godzilla was changed when Max Borenstein boarded the project for rewrites. We haven’t been able to see much from Callaham, so hopefully he can prove his worth as a writer with Zombieland 2.
In Fleischer’s case, aside from Zombieland he hasn’t had a ton of luck with his films recently. His two most recent films, 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad, both underperformed at the box office, and were met with mixed to negative reviews from critics. Zombieland 2 could be just the right film to get Fleischer’s career back on track.
When the first Zombieland was released in 2009 the movie went on to make over $100 million worldwide on a $23.6 million budget. It also received largely positive reviews from critics.
Since the film’s release, zombies have become infinitely more popular with films like World War Z and Warm Bodies, and the wildly successful TV series The Walking Dead. People’s newfound obsession with zombies, combined with the even larger following the first Zombieland film has gained since its release, could end up resulting in the success of Zombieland 2.