Zombieland Sequel Is Going Forward, Will Be Penned by Godzilla Writer
It's officially happening: the 2009 cult zombie horror comedy Zombieland is finally getting a sequel, to be penned by David Callahan, who wrote the story for the most recent version of Godzilla.
Zombieland depicted a post-apocalyptic world in which most of the population had been infected with a "mad-person" version of mad cow disease. Jesse Eisenberg played "Columbus" (the characters were all called by their hometowns), a college student who attempts to travel across the country and find out if his parents are still alive. Along the way he meets Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a loose cannon who loves violently killing zombies and has a bizarre affinity for twinkies, as well as Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), con artist sisters who are looking for a rumored amusement park sanctuary. The film received critical acclaim, and is particularly known for its infamous "Rules of Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse" (Number Two: Double-Tap).
A sequel was planned with the original cast shortly after the first film came out, but the project then entered development hell, partially as a result of other commitments for both the cast and crew. A pilot for a television adaptation (with none of the original cast returning) was produced for Amazon, but they declined to pick it up after an overwhelmingly negative response from fans of the film.
It's unclear whether the original cast will return for the sequel, particularly since most of them have seen enormous success that might keep them too occupied. Jesse Eisenberg has since been nominated for an Oscar for The Social Network, and is tied to one of the biggest franchises around after being cast as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Woody Harrelson just came off an acclaimed turn in HBO hit True Detective, for which he was nominated for an Emmy, and will also appear in the last two Hunger Games films as Haymitch Abernathy. Emma Stone has become something of a Hollywood darling, most recently for her well-received performance as Gwen Stacy in the Amazing Spider-Man movies, and is rumored to be an Oscar contender for her supporting turn in the upcoming Birdman. Abigail Breslin has fallen off the radar a little more, but still has a prolific career, recently appearing alongside big names such as Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County, and will star alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming zombie drama Maggie.