In 2009, Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland surprised everybody by becoming a major hit comedy. Now, almost 10 years, later a sequel has been announced with Fleischer returning with the four main cast members, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin.
2009’s film followed Four survivors, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and his cohorts Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) after a virus turns most people into zombies, the world’s surviving humans remain locked in an ongoing battle against the hungry undead. The four abide by a list of survival rules and zombie-killing strategies as they make their way toward a rumoured safe haven in Los Angeles.
The sequel is set to focus on the returning characters as they travel from the White House to the American heartland as they face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first film.
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The film’s original writers, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Deadpool) and producer Gavin Polone also return for the sequel. Filming is due to begin in January 2019 with an expected release of October 2019.
The original exceeded everyone’s expectations, made on a budget of $24 million it went on to make $102.3 million worldwide proving to be a home entertainment phenomenon. At the time, the filmmakers were we keen on a sequel but scheduling constraints and other issues put a block on it happening sooner. Sony Pictures had planned a TV series back in 2011 but that never got off the ground.