Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
Zombieland succeeded in part because of its fantastic cast, which consisted of Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin. That same star-studded cast turned out to be a roadblock when it came time to schedule and budget the sequel. Fortunately for writers/producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, that should be less of an issue now that the proposed follow-up has morphed into a TV series.
A casting call for the Amazon Studios comedy pilot made the rounds not long ago, and now the first two leads have been found. Tyler Ross, last seen in the Sundance ’13 drama Milkshake, has nabbed the Eisenberg role of “nerdy handsome” Columbus, while Izabela Vidovic will replace Breslin as young Little Rock. Hit the jump for more.
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Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Zombieland movie sequel may be dead for good, but the TV series is just coming back to life. Last week, we got word that the show was casting for new versions of Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock. While there’s no news yet on who’ll replace Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in the small-screen version, we’ve learned that Tucker and Dale vs. Evil helmer Eli Craig is in negotiations to direct. As for where, exactly, we’ll see the series, the latest buzz is that Amazon is eager to distribute. More details after the jump.
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It’s a busy time for Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. They were just announced as the screenwriters for the Micronauts film that Hasbro is developing with J.J. Abrams, and now the two are officially in the Zombieland fold once more. But this isn’t for that Zombieland sequel that most of the principals have been talking about ever since the first film turned into a surprise hit. There’s been a lot of doubt that a theatrical sequel would ever come together, thanks to difficulties with scheduling and the higher salary quotes for several of the actors.
Instead this is about a development that could put Zombieland where it will really be able to have fun: on television. (Which, if you’ve paid close attention to related interviews over the years, you might recall being the original home for the project before it ever turned into a theatrical feature.) Read More »
They broke out with Zombieland, penned a sequel to G.I. Joe, have a superhero script under their belt as well as a possible directing gig and now Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are going to write about giant toy robots. Deadline reports the duo will write a script for Micronauts, a Hasbro-owned toy brand that blends robots with interchangeable parts. Think Transformers but with Legos or Erector sets. J.J. Abrams has been flirting with producing a film in this world since 2009 and now he’ll do just that, with Paramount at his side. Read more about the Micronauts after the jump. Read More »
One of the actors to really start to break from TV into consistent film acting in the past couple years is Walton Goggins. His work on The Shield lead to a handful of notable film roles. (He was fun in Predators and had a good, if brief turn in the excellent and under-seen That Evening Sun.) His more recent gig on Justified and body of work in general has led to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
Being cast in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation may not seem like as big a deal as being in Lincoln, but it might ensure that Goggins is in front of a few people who won’t see Lincoln. Variety announces that he’ll play Warden Nigel James in Jon Chu‘s sequel to the 2007 screen outing for the Joes. Read More »
According to one of the original film’s stars, Zombieland 2 seems further away than we initially thought. We’d been reporting that the film was searching for new cameos, the script was drafted and more, all of which lead us to assume the film was smoothly moving through the pipeline. However, in an interview with Total Film, Woody Harrelson, who played the sweet but violent, Twinkie-lovin’ character Tallahassee in the 2009 hit, expressed some doubts that making a sequel would be the right thing to do. Read his quotes and more after the break. Read More »
[Editor’s note: The following article debatably contains a spoiler for the original Zombieland.]
It’s not crazy to surmise that Zombieland went from good to great when Bill ‘Ghostbustin” Murray hit the screen. His cameo in the Ruben Fleischer directed, Rhett Reese/Paul Wernick horror comedy took an entertaining film to a whole new level because it was so totally unexpected and funny. Well, as is the case with any sequel, the surprises are going to be tougher to come by this time around. Reports are coming in that the new script for Zombieland 2 features another “superstar cameo.” And while Reese and Wernick currently have their hands full with various projects and Fleischer himself has one film coming out with another in development, there’s no word on when that role will be filled. Hit the jump for a few names on the wish list in addition to some other early hints of what to expect from Zombieland 2. Read More »
Let this be a lesson to any aspiring writers out there. Write fun, interesting flicks and you are going to get a ton of work. Take Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick for example. They’re the guys who wrote Zombieland, a modestly budgeted film that was a hit with both fans and critics. And though they’d each been working in the business for several years on varying projects, including The Joe Schmo Show, it took one little spark and they’re off to the races. Reese and Wernick are writing a sequel to Zombieland for Sony, a second G.I Joe film for Paramount, the Deadpool spinoff for Fox, are adapting the comic book Cowboy Viking Ninja for Disney and developing Earth vs. Moon at Universal. They basically have something set up at every studio in Hollywood because of Zombieland, which was originally conceived as a TV show.
But wait, there’s more. As if Reese and Wernick weren’t busy enough writing, the pair has just signed on to make their directorial debut with the comedy Doc and Howie for Montecito, which has a first look deal at Paramount. Read more about the movie’s potential filled premise after the jump. Read More »
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Briefly: Lot of news coming out of Viacom’s quarterly earnings report today. For gamers, there’s the news that Viacom is looking to sell Rock Band developer Harmonix. On the movie side, Viacom COO Tom Dooley listed several films that Viacom and Paramount are looking to have produced for release after September 2011. They include the Platinum Dunes version of TMNT, the new Jack Ryan film, and sequels to GI Joe and Zoolander. Guess that ends part of the speculation about Zoolander 2. Otherwise, this is merely a progress report for other films.
These movies are all in the script stage at best. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway have been writing TMNT for Platinum Dunes; Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are writing GI Joe 2 (what aren’t they writing?) and Justin Theroux is writing and planning to direct Zoolander 2. The Jack Ryan film is farthest along, as it has Jack Bender set to direct Chris Pine, but that’s also in a rewrite stage, with Anthony Peckham tapped for a new draft at the end of September. Expect that one to go into production first. The earnings call also mentioned Star Trek 2, but didn’t offer any new reports — that’s in the script stage now, too. [THR]
We must soon hit some critical mass when it comes to genre mash-ups and goofy nods to classic ideas. Cowboys & Aliens will be an interesting experiment when it arrives in theaters next summer. The title makes the film sound absurd, but from what I’ve seen (a good amount) it looks as if Jon Favreau and his cast and crew have assembled a film that has the potential to go above and beyond a silly “hey, what if cowboys fought aliens?” pitch. But that’s because a post-Iron Man Jon Favreau was able to get a solid script and a wonderful cast. Looks like the exception, not the rule.
So what of Cowboy Ninja Viking? Disney has just put that film into development by hiring Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to write a script based on the Image Comics graphic novel created by AJ Lieberman and Riley Rossmo. More details on that, as well as what Rhett Reese has to say about Zombieland 2 and Deadpool, after the break. Read More »