Zombieland was a modest hit at the box office back in '09, raking in over $100 million globally on a mid-level budget of around $25 mil. It didn't set the world on fire or anything, but was a solid showcase for budding stars Jesse Eisenberg (a year before The Social Network hit), and Emma Stone (who we'd already fallen in love with in Superbad two years before), as well as a reminder that Woody Harrelson is a gift from whatever God you choose to believe in. There was a memorable cameo (pictured above), some solid jokes, and the zombie action was well staged.
Back in '13, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick tried to turn their bathwater warm property into a TV series, which never got past the pilot stage. That attempt recast all the central roles to keep those adventures going, but nobody seemed to care.
Well, don't tell that to Reese and Wernick, who are currently doing the press rounds for Deadpool 2 - the second movie they've written in the superhero franchise - and just dropped the surprise that it sounds like a feature follow-up to Zombieland is in the cards...for 2019. While speaking with Vulture, the writing duo 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. The hope is that we’re shooting that thing early 2019 for an October of ’19 release...”
Reese and Wernick also stated that the original cast would be coming back for Zombieland 2 (though that's obviously not set in stone until contracts are actually signed). Zombieland 2 has been through a number of iterations over the years, and upon perusing the BMD archives, I stumbled on this '16 article from Dat Boi Wampler, briefly detailing each of them. Original director Ruben Fleischer is currently finishing up Venom for Sony, which means his schedule will probably be clear to shoot Zombieland 2 (though if that movie's a hit, that could definitely change).
But the real question remains: who is this movie for? Obviously, nobody really gave a shit when the pilot for the TV series dropped and vanished five years ago, and with the way studios' box office sights are being set internationally, the overseas take (which didn't even account for 30% of the original's gross) doesn't really make the project seem like it'd be a priority. However, stranger things have obviously been greenlit in the past, so we'll keep you informed as Zombieland 2 staggers along into potential production.