This past weekend the Ruben Fleischer horror-comedy Zombieland dominated the box office with a cool 25 million dollar opening, which isn’t bad for an R-rated movie. Many positive reviews have come in from both fans and critics, so it’s no surprise that sequel rumors are starting to circulate. Over at MTV, they spoke to the film’s screenwriter Paul Wernick who seems to be more than happy to work on a follow up.
According to Wernick, “We would love it, and everyone involved creatively wants to do another one. Woody came up to us after the final cut of the last scene and gave us a hug and said, ‘I’ve never wanted to do a sequel in the previous movies I’ve done until this one.’ “
That’s a huge vote of confidence coming from someone like Harrelson, who’s been in the acting game for almost 30 years. The entire Zombieland creation process started years ago as a failed TV spec, but ended up transforming into a feature film phenomenon.
“It has lived in our heads for four-and-a-half years,” Wernick said. “We developed it and wrote it as a spec TV pilot in the summer of 2005. We’ve got a long brainstorming document that still to this day gets updated on a near-weekly basis with ideas. We’ve got tons of new ideas swimming in our head.”
Since the history of the film is so rich, there are plenty of new stories to tell, so a sequel isn’t a far-fetched idea. If and when it happens, the returning crew would include Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin and Fleischer. I for one enjoy watching films that feature speeding zombies, as opposed to the old school slow motion versions. When you take that element and add a dose of comedy, what’s not to love?
Do you want to see a Zombieland sequel?