Don’t mark “Zombieland 2” for dead just yet.
Sure, it’s been more than six years since the release of the surprise-hit comedy, which starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as survivors of a zombie apocalypse on a cross-country road trip to the purported safety of a Los Angeles amusement park. During that time, Amazon ordered, and then rejected, a “Zombieland” pilot, and director Ruben Fleischer proclaimed the odds of a movie sequel “slim,” only for the project to seemingly lurch back to life in late 2014.
And then it sat there again, showing little signs of life.
However, “Zombieland” co-writer Rhett Reese, who also penned “Deadpool” with his collaborator Paul Wernick, insists the sequel is still alive and kicking.
“It’s actually still in development at Sony,” he told The Playlist. “They’ve had a couple writers take a crack at it, we’re still exec producers and we’re guiding and helping where we can, and I think there’s still very much talk about it, but I think it has to be right. I think all the actors and Ruben all feel like there’s no reason to do it again if we’re not getting it exactly right.”
As for the Amazon pilot, which Reese previously said was “successfully hated out of existence”: “We’re never sure why [Amazon passed on the project]. They talked about their demo and the kind of audiences they were trying to please and how the ‘Zombieland’ crowd was too young for them. I think Amazon prime memberships are more geared towards the head of the household.”