Well, according to THR the sequel is officially moving forward and the original cast is indeed returning! That cast includes Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin. I absolutely love that Emma Stone is coming back to the franchise after her career blew up and she became an Academy Award-winning actress.
Ruben Fleischer, the director of the original film will also be back to helm it. This news just makes me happy. The film is set to begin production in January 2019 and will be released in October 2019, in time for the 10th anniversary of the original movie. Here are some details on the story that were shared:
The new movie will once again put the focus on comic mayhem, taking the quartet from the White House to the American heartland as they face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But, most of all, according to the studio, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.
These story details fall in line with the previously rumored plot details, which starts out with:
ZOMBIELAND TOO opens with a question. What would happen if we ran out of zombies? An interesting concept, one that hasn’t been explored in any film of the genre thus far. The way the film approaches answering the question is both hilarious and depressing. The change from ‘zombies’ to ‘no zombies’ can be considered as big as the change from ‘no zombies’ to ‘zombies.’ It’s such a dramatic transformation to one’s routine, what they consider normal, that it fundamentally alters their mentality. Boredom and apathy seep into each person’s psyche, slowly growing discontent with one another until they reach an inevitable boiling point. Okay… maybe I’m a little dramatic. ZOMBIELAND, TOO opens with that question, yes. But it doesn’t really ever dwell on it. A strength, I believe, as the film could’ve fallen into a bout of angst if it explored that concept to the nth degree. That is not what ZOMBIELAND is all about. Instead, the primary focus of the narrative is a quest to find a missing member of the party from the first film.
There are some other details regarding the film and the characters that you can read up on here. Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch had this to say in a statement.
“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. These are some of the most in-demand actors and I think they are making this movie because they love these characters. We are thrilled Ruben was willing to come back to direct the sequel, as his work on Venom has been truly amazing.”
I loved Zombieland and I’m excited that this sequel is actually happening! I know a lot of people were skeptical, but now it’s official. Are you excited about this!?