Zombieland started as a TV pitch, became a movie, went back to a TV format and is now dead. The TV pilot, which premiered on Amazon last month, has been officially axed by the streaming service, ending a rollercoaster ride for the creators and fans of the franchise who’d been clamoring for a follow-up. Franchise creators Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote and directed the pilot which featured the same humor, violence and characters and as the movie, but with less recognizable actors.
Reese took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the show’s dismissal, suggesting Zombieland fans “hated it out of existence.” Read more below. Read More »
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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 »
Summer time is sequel time. For the purposes of this particular article, it’s the time for sequels that don’t exist yet and, for all we know, may never exist. But Zombieland 2, Jurassic Park 4 and Gremlins 3 are all films that come up in conversation with filmmakers on a semi-regular basis. We’ve got the latest updates on all three below. A hint: don’t warm up the popcorn just yet. Read More »
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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 »
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 »
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Since just after the release of Zombieland, we’ve known that a sequel is likely to be made. Director Ruben Fleischer is set to return, and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wenick were put to work on a script for the follow-up. The original cast (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abagail Breslin) are expected to appear, though no deals are inked.
Now we know that the film has been written, and Fleischer is praising the first draft as ‘amazing’ to sites that visited the set of his currently-shooting film 30 Minutes or Less. Read More »