It has been a long time since there’s been any news of a possible sequel to Ruben Fleischer’s 2009 hit, Zombieland – but now, original screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are claiming that a sequel could really happen, and soon.
The duo have been busy over the past few years, mostly with Ryan Reynolds, as they penned the scripts for Deadpool and its upcoming sequel, as well as last year’s chilling space horror, Life. Recently, they spoke with Vulture about a potential sequel for their hit zombie comedy, revealing that Zombieland 2 is on track for an arrival as early as next year.
In fact, Wernick said that the duo’s hope is that the sequel will be ready for release in time for the original film’s 10th anniversary next October: “The hope is that we’re shooting that thing early 2019 for an October of ’19 release. With the original cast, by the way.”
While it isn’t the confirmation many were expecting, but Wernick suggested that they are holding some aspects of the project back, adding: “We are sitting on information that we can’t entirely share at this moment, 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.”
The original film saw Jesse Eisenberg star as a college student who partners up with zombie hunter Woody Harrelson; the two then join up with Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, and the group fight to survive the zombie apocalypse. While there’s no news on the film’s plot yet, we can only assume it will include a time jump, given the age difference of Breslin in particular, who was only 13 at the time of the original film’s release.
Until Zombieland 2 gets off the ground, Reese and Wernick aren’t short of work, as the duo will also be working on Ryan Reynolds’ Clue remake, Michael Bay’s 6 Underground, and Michelle McLaren’s debut Cowboy Ninja Viking, starring Chris Pratt. Let’s just hope that this sequel will be better than these other projects sound.