Zombieland 2 is given the go-ahead!
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Fans of 2009’s cult classic, Zombieland have had to wait almost a decade but rest assured, it has finally been announced that a sequel is on its way. Sony Pictures have been developing the film ever since the surprise success of 2009’s original. However, faced with numerous production delays and tasked with reuniting a cast of rising stars in Hollywood, the film was stalled for almost a decade. Finally, the wait will be paying off as it has been confirmed that the original cast will all be reunited for Zombieland 2 (or Zombieland Too as it is said to be titled). Ruben Fleischer, who directed the original, is set to direct again, whilst original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will be returning to script the sequel. Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin are all confirmed to be reprising their roles for the film which is said to take the group ‘from the White House to the American heartland as they face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie’. Reuniting the principal talent from the original movie has not been without difficulty, as the cast and crew have only grown more successful in the years since Zombieland has been released. Stone, Eisenberg and Harrelson have all picked up Oscar nominations since the film’s release (with Stone going on to win hers for 2017’s La La Land). Screenwriters Reese and Wernick went on to pen the hugely successful Deadpool series whilst director Ruben Fleischer is at the helm of Marvel Comics latest film Venom, set for release later this year. The post-Zombieland success of the principal talent has meant that the modest budget of the original is unlikely to be appropriate the second time round, with stars commanding greater pay checks and having busier schedules to work around. However, Columbia Pictures president Sandford Pantich revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that, "This is one of those projects that fans have wanted to see happen for a long time — and no one wanted to see it happen more than Emma, Woody, Jesse and Abigail." Production on the film is set to begin in January, ready for release in October 2019 to coincide with the ten-year anniversary of the original film.
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