It’s been almost eight years since Zombieland made the flesh-eating dead into a horror comedy. Still, fans of the hit film are hoping for the promised sequel to get moving and hit theaters, eventually.
Since a logo for Zombieland 2 was revealed by Sony Pictures at CinemaCon last year, there has been little to no word on whether or not the sequel is actually happening. With CinemaCon right around the corner again, a year has gone by with no new developments regarding the film.
According to its writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (who are gearing up for the release of their upcoming Life film), Zombieland 2 is still in active development. Speaking to the writers at a press event for Life over the weekend, ComicBook.com got the latest update about the zombie comedy sequel.
“It is [in active development],” Wernick said. “We’re trying to get it going. All of our cast have read the script and love it. Reuben [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 sense for the studio and being able to pay the actors what they now get paid and deserve to paid.”
The writing duo is so set on making the sequel come to life that they are nagging to Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman to make it happen. “We see Tom Rothman pretty frequently now and we’re pestering that dude,” Reese said. “He’s like, ‘Please, enough with the Zombieland talk!’ We’re pestering him the way we pestered Fox on Deadpool. We’re not letting it go. We really want to see Zombieland 2.”
With Sony Pictures set to lead the charge with the first presentation at CinemaCon on Monday, March 27, updates on Zombieland 2 and other films from the studio, including Spider-Man: Homecoming, might be flooding the news stream.