“Zombieland” will finally have a sequel. This, the movie’s writer, Rhett Reese confirmed.
According to Screen Rant, the follow up to the hit 2009 film will still happen.
“It’s actually still in development over at Sony, they’ve had a couple writers take a crack at it,” Reese said. “We’re still [executive] producers and we’re guiding and helping where we can.”
The screenwriter thinks a sequel “has to be done right.” This is why a follow-up has taken so long. “I think all the actors and [‘Zombieland’ director] Reuben [Fleischer] feel like there’s no reason to do it again if we’re not getting it exactly right,” he explained.
Reese, who also co-wrote “Deadpool,” confirmed this at Cinema Blend’s Q&A podcast. According to Cinema Blend, with their success with “Deadpool,” now is the time for Reese and writing partner Paul Wernick to make “Zombieland 2” happen.
The first movie of the franchise was a surprise hit at the box office. Despite a relatively low budget, the film grossed over 139 million AUD (100 million USD) worldwide.
According to Screen Rant, Amazon then produced a pilot episode based on the film. However, the would-be original series “failed to impress audiences.” The show was eventually cancelled.
Meanwhile, Reese’s completed project, “Deadpool,” proved to be a box office success. It had the biggest R-Rated opening. GQ earlier reported that the movie almost never saw the light of day. “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds might even have violated their contract with Fox just to get the film made. After being stalled for a decade, the project’s test footage was leaked online two years ago. Reese and Wernick were among the people Reynolds suspected of leaking the footage.
“I know that one of us did it…But I’m 70 percent sure it wasn’t me,” Reynolds told GQ.
Their gamble paid off, though. The film has been universally lauded.