Zombieland 2 – Sequel Plans4.10.09 # Sequel # 239 Comments
There’s been a lot of Zombieland sequel talk this week, so what should you expect from a Zombieland 2, and how likely is it?
First up, Zombieland has been very successful. It made its $23m budget back on opening weekend, with a haul of $25m. It has a 90% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes (almost unheard of for a comedy), and it’s rated the 230th best movie ever made by members of the public on imdb. All of which means a long box office run, and huge dvd sales (especially given how well horror sells on dvd anyway).
The studio is reportedly anxious for Zombieland sequels, and the writers are just as keen – “We’ve been spinning our wheels for a while because we love the world so much and because it began as a TV project, we started to think long-term and how to sustain the world. The first 45 to 50 minutes of the movie are the pilot and the last half of the movie is essentially episode two. We have a brainstorming document we open often and we have some fun ideas for a sequel.”
The writers also went on to say “Ultimately, we’d love Zombieland to go back to television.” Be certain though that the studio is going to want to keep it theatrical, at least for now.
Anyone who’s seen Zombieland knows that an uncredited big name actor appears in the second act. That role was also offered to Sylvester Stallone, Joe Pesci, Mark Hamill, The Rock, Kevin Bacon, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Matthew McConaughey, and originally written for Patrick Swayze before he got ill. It’s a pretty safe assumption that the big name cameo trend will continue, especially given how much extra buzz it’s generated. Only next time expect more names to say yes now the film is a proven success.
In fact if you’re looking for further Zombieland antics you may not have to wait long at all – expect a lot of deleted scenes on the Zombieland DVD. The first cut of the movie was two hours. It’s now 83 minutes. That’s 45 minutes of material.
What would you like to see happen in Zombieland 2? Leave your thoughts in the comments. Which A-list actor would you like to see cameo as a zombie? (My vote is for Samuel L. Jackson)
UPDATE (January 2013): Amazon.com are working on turning Zombieland into a TV show. Read more here.