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 »
Last month, Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer mentioned that not only is Sony interested in a sequel, but if they can “crack” the story for a sequel, it will probably be shot in 3D. A few days later, a list of Paramount’s 2010 slate listed another Jackass sequel, Jackass 3D. Variety has now confirmed that both projects are in development. Who is signed? Who isn’t? When will the films go into production? Find out after the jump.
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Sony hasn’t yet announced the development of a Zombieland sequel, but with a worldwide budget of over $85 million, it is likely only a matter of time. Moviehole has an interview with Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, who revealed that not only is Sony interested in a sequel, but if they can “crack” the story for a sequel, it will probably be shot in 3D. Fleischer believes that “the genre really lends itself to [3-D]”, and is convinced the technology is now there. And who wouldn’t want to see a fun 3D zombie film?
As for the sequel, who knows when it might get off the ground. Fleischer has a bunch of potential projects lined up, and the screenplay hasn’t even been written, although there are plenty of ideas. As you probably know by now, Zombieland was conceived as a television pilot, and was rewritten to fill a feature film. Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick told io9 in October that they already planned a “23 episode season” out, “So divided by two that’s about 12 movies in our head swimming around.” … “And we’ll take what we intended to be episode three of the television show and start movie number two.”