When Zombieland first premiered back in 2009, it was very well received by critics and audiences, making over $100 million worldwide and on a rather paltry $24 million budget. Naturally, talks of a sequel came shortly after though up until now nothing has really come of it. However, Sony has now decided to breathe new life into the project and have started by hiring writer Dave Callaham (The Expendables) to work on the script.
I’m actually kind of surprised it took them this long to try to get the ball rolling. Ever since Zombieland came out, the genre has had a major presence in pop culture (a trend which Zombieland played a significant part in starting). The Walking Dead is one of the highest rated shows on television, World War Z has become a major blockbuster and even a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies appears imminent.
Of course, to be fair Zombieland 2’s stalled development over the years may have something to do with the failed Zombieland pilot. The original film’s screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese developed a Zombieland pilot for Amazon last year. The pilot failed to generate much excitement and Amazon opted to not pick up the series.
As for Zombieland 2, my best guess is that it’s going to take awhile for the film to reach the screen. In order for this sequel to work I think they need to bring back the original cast which will probably be quite the uphill battle. After Zombieland, most of the cast have become much bigger stars then they were back in 2009.
Since then Jesse Eisenberg has gone from a poor man’s Michael Cera to a respected Oscar nominated actor. There’s also his new role as Lex Luthor to consider, since it’s not impossible to believe that this could become a recurring gig for him similar to that of Loki from the Marvel Universe. Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson have also become pretty big names in the last five years, so who knows how busy their schedules will be if and when Sony is finally ready to start production.
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Source: Screen Rant