Zombieland is a resounding example of how to synthesize horror, comedy, and zombies, something the west has not put out on a commercial scale since Return of the Living Dead. Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin trekking across the post-apocalyptic U.S. learning to set aside their recluse, hostile ways in order to combat malicious zombies serves as an easy film to revisit and enjoy.
It seems the time has come to continue the motley crew’s adventure across the United States of Zombieland in Sony’s upcoming Zombieland 2.
Deadline has reported all four stars from the original film will return to their roles along with Ruben Fleischer as director of the film. Additionally, both of the first film’s writers, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, are joining back up with the crew to bring this series back to life. The two writers will also serve as executive producers of the film with Gavin Polone as producer.
It seems that the minds and talent behind the first film will be making a return for the sequel, which is usually a good sign to assure that the newer film will retain some of the charm from the first.
The plot for the new film is described (via Deadline) as:
In Zombieland 2, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, the Zombie slayers must face off against many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.
Seeing new faces incorporated into the group’s dynamic will be interesting. Having Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock as the only cast (aside from Bill Murray) interacting with one another allowed for a diligent focus in fleshing out their dynamics as a group, magnifying their strengths, weakness, and capabilities when together. Introducing other survivors while looking to continue the narrative on their developing relationship could easily take away from their development arcs, or just as well add to it.
Either way, it’s amazing news to hear that the writers will be incorporating new mutated zombies in the film, and our now fan-favorite protagonists will have other survivors to interact with.
As of now, production for the film will start on January 2019, and the initial release date is set for October 2019.
Until then, keep on your zombie survival tips (don’t forget #1: CARDIO), and when you sneak your snacks into the theater, bring as many Twinkies as you can… and for the love of God, NO SNOWBALLS!
In the meantime, while everyone waits for Zombieland 2, Fliescher and Harrelson are currently in post-production for the spider-verse standalone movie, Venom. To check out our coverage on the teaser trailer for Venom, you can read our article here!