Beginning with 2003’s British hit 28 Days Later — and continuing with Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead — the zombie sub-genre of horror experienced a massive resurgence in popularity, after having spent most of the 90s in a state of seeming hibernation. While this wave of theatrical zombie flicks would eventually die off again — with AMC’s The Walking Dead subsequently transferring zombie-mania to the small-screen — one of the last major entries in that cycle was the 2009 horror/comedy Zombieland.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Zombieland was set relatively soon after an apocalyptic undead outbreak wiped out most of America. The film starred Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as a mismatched group of survivors who eventually begin to form their own makeshift family. While Harrelson was far and away the most famous member of the Zombieland cast at the time, actors Eisenberg, Stone, and Breslin have all gone on to raise their stock considerably in Hollywood since.
While talk of a possible Zombieland 2 has floated around online almost since the first film came out, things finally got more concrete last year, when original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick confirmed that they were hard at work on the script for the sequel. Trying to get the project greenlit was likely made easier by the smash success of Deadpool, which the duo also wrote. It’s been quite a while since there were any real updates, but that’s now changed, as Reese and Wernick recently spoke to ComicBook concerning Zombieland 2’s current status:
“It is [in active development]. We’re trying to get it going. All of our cast have read the script and love it. Ruben [Fleischer] is signed on. It’s just a matter of making our cast deals and making it for a budget number. All the cast have become superstars now so, we made Zombieland with 20 million, so it’s trying to fit that financial model into the sequel model so it makes…