With the long-simmering sequel to “Zombieland” showing faint signs of life once again, star Jesse Eisenberg indicates he’d be interested in reprising his role as Columbus.
“Yeah, it’d be wonderful to do,” the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” actor tells Entertainment Weekly. “I know they’ve been trying to do it for a while, and I know they’re trying to figure out exactly what will occur in it. But it’s a kind of movie that, as soon as it came out, seemed appropriate to generate a sequel. … It takes place in this odd, created world and features an ensemble of interesting characters that it’d be curious to see more of. I would hope that it happens, and I’m sure everybody would be happy to do it if it happens and it’s good. It’s also a strangely beloved movie, so it’s a thing you have to get right.”
In the 2009 action-comedy, directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Eisenberg played a geeky college student attempting to travel from Austin, Texas, to Columbus, Ohio, in the months after a zombie apocalypse. He was joined by Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin in what became a cross-country road trip to the purported safety of a Los Angeles amusement park.
Although Fleischer declared in 2013 that the odds of “Zombieland” sequel are “slim,” the film seemingly lurched back to life in late 2014 when Sony Pictures hired “Godzilla” writer Dave Callaham. Fleischer was, at least at that point, expected to return to direct. Rheese and Wernick remain as executive producers.