'Zombieland' to return with possible sequel with original cast in October 2019
'Zombieland' will be returning with a sequel to mark the 10th anniversary of its original release in October 2019.
Post-apocalyptic comedy horror film 'Zombieland,' starring the likes of Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as survivors of a zombie apocalypse, was a surprise success and became the top-grossing zombie film in the United States, i.e until World War Z overtook it in 2013.
A critical and commercial success, the film garnered a sort of cult-like following and fan base, who will undoubtedly be thrilled to hear that the movie might be returning with a sequel as early as October 2019, that too with its original cast. Not random by any means, the chosen date is of special relevance to 'Zombieland.'
Zombieland 2 is coming in 2019!! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/ZFzn5odhOm— IGN (@IGN) 16 May 2018
Vulture quoted the comments of the film's co-writer, Paul Wernick, who said: "We’re going on the tenth anniversary of Zombieland. Zombieland came out October of 2009. We don’t know what you get someone for their tenth anniversary, but it may be a Zombieland 2," adding: "The hope is that we’re shooting that thing early 2019 for an October of ’19 release."
The film's success and popularity meant that a possible sequel was in the works as far back as 2014 when it was reported that Sony Pictures had tasked Dave Callaham to write a script and sounded out Ruben Fleischer to return to direct.
Television adaptations have been mooted on multiple occasions as well.
In October 2011, it was reported that Fox Broadcasting Company and Sony Pictures were considering a television adaptation of the series to be aired on CBS, but the plans eventually did not come to fruition.
Then, in March 2013, it was announced that Amazon Studios had ordered a pilot episode. Written by 'Zombieland' writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the pilot premiered in April 2013 but was not continued further.
Reese and Wernick have since worked on the scripts for both 'Deadpool' and 'Deadpool 2,' and considering the success of the first and the expected success of the second, they have not lost their touch.
Unforeseen circumstances notwithstanding, they should return for the 'Zombieland' sequel as well.