Posted on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
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.
I didn’t even want to read the script… Then as it turns out, I read the script and I thought it was phenomenal, really funny…
But, he now admits he was wrong:
Usually, if I theoretically reject it, I’m right, but this one I was dead wrong. And it might be the first movie I do a sequel to.
So you only, “might” do the sequel, Woody? What are your thoughts?
I’m sure it will happen if everyone does it, but I’m not sure it’s the right thing to do. It’s one thing to do it when it came out real good and it made a lot of people laugh, but then to do a sequel… 99 out of 100 are worse by a lot. So I don’t know. I don’t feel like a sequels guy.
Harrelson is right on a few counts. First, he’s not a sequels guy. He’s never done one. Second, most sequels are inferior to the original and third, Zombieland 2 will happen if everyone agrees to come back. At this point, that might be the biggest obstacle though. In addition to Harrelson expressing doubts, there’s the issue of stars Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone breaking out huge, with The Social Network and Easy A respectively, following the release of Zombieland. Plus Stone is now working on The Amazing Spider-Man which will qualify her for even more money. Depending on the strength of the script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (who have a ton of other projects lined up as well) who knows if Sony will pony up the significant budget bump it’s going to take to get the band back together. The fact of the matter is, the first film only made $100 million total at the domestic and international box office though it’s become something of a cult classic on DVD.
Do you think Zombieland 2 will see the light of day?