As the coronavirus pandemic continues, co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are revealing more of the alternate script pages for Zombieland that would have given the big cameo made famous by Bill Murray to a number of other movie stars.
Patrick Swayze was in the very first draft of the movie, but he never got offered the part since he was diagnosed with cancer around the time the movie would have started production. Then Sylvester Stallone had to pass due to scheduling, and Mark Hamill’s people just flat out said no (read those pages here). And Zombieland just didn’t have enough money to lure Joe Pesci in. The offers didn’t stop there though, because Kevin Bacon and Jean-Claude Van Damme were each offered the cameo, and they both turned it down. Read the latest alternate Zombieland cameo script pages below. Read More »
So far we’ve gotten to read several of the alternate cameos that were pitched for Zombieland before Bill Murray came aboard the project and gave us one of the best cameos in movie history. There was Patrick Swayze in the very first draft of the movie, which unfortunately never got offered to the actor before he was diagnosed with cancer. Then Sylvester Stallone had to pass due to scheduling, and Mark Hamill’s people just flat out said no (read those pages here). Now we’ve come to one of the Goodfellas.
Joe Pesci was offered the big cameo in Zombieland. When the offer came through to his agent, co-writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese explained that it was “a small part.” That’s when Joe Pesci’s agent put a Hollywood spin on a common phrase in the industry by saying, “There are no small parts, only small money.” Apparently this part came with small money, so Joe Pesci passed. But now we get to read how the scene would have played out. Read More »
We’re only on the second week of self-quarantine in our efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus across the United States, but some of us are desperate for more content. So it only seems appropriate that we get some of it from the writers of Zombieland, the horror comedy that could give us insight into our potential future as this pandemic continues.
As we highlighted before the weekend began, Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick had to write several versions of what became the famous Bill Murray cameo scene. The original draft was written for Patrick Swayze, who unfortunately never got offered the role because he got sick. The next possibility was Sylvester Stallone, who couldn’t participate due to his schedule, followed by Star Wars saga legend Mark Hamill. You can read the script pages for both of these scenes below. Read More »
Bill Murray‘s appearance as himself in Zombieland is one of the greatest cameos of all time. It’s so perfectly Bill Murray, and the way it ends is truly worthy of a chef’s kiss. However, before the Ghostbusters star was confirmed to make the cameo, there were several other versions that were considered. In fact, the original draft had Patrick Swayze making the big cameo with a ton of references to his greatest movies from the 1980s, and some serious shade thrown at one of the favorites. Read More »
Zombieland: Double Tap is in theaters now, bringing back Woody Harrelson, Jessie Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin for more zombie apocalypse action. It’s been 10 years since the original movie hit theaters, but writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (the duo behind the Deadpool franchise) were hired almost immediately to write the sequel. Since it took a decade to finally get this movie finished, the script went through plenty of changes as time passed, and one of those changes resulted in nixing a hilarious but tragic scene that would have given us a Ghostbusters reunion.
Beware, in order to discuss this scene in question, we’re providing a spoiler alert for a certain cameo made in the sequel. But if you saw the most recent theatrical trailer for Zombieland: Double Tap, then you already know what we’re talking about. Either way, you’ve been warned. Read More »
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean reboot is going to need some new writers. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, writers behind Deadpool and Zombieland, were tasked with steering the Disney franchise towards uncharted waters, but they’ve now sailed off in another direction. Reese and Wernick have left due to being too busy with other obligations. Now, the fate of the Pirates reboot remains uncertain.
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Joseph Kosinski is currently directing Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick, but as soon as he’s done with that, he’s flying on over to Netflix. Kosinski has been tapped to helm Spiderhead, a sci-fi film from Deadpool and Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Based on a George Saunders short story, Spiderhead focuses on convicts in the near-future who agree to become test subjects for scientific experiments in exchange for reduced prison sentences.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 by Fred Topel
Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have a new streaming series premiering on YouTube Premium today, although they did not create Wayne. They are producing the half hour series for creator Shawn Simmons, and YouTube Head of Original Content Susanne Daniels calls the show “Dirty Harry in high school.”
Wayne (Mark McKenna) is a teenager heading south to recover his late father’s stolen ’78 Trans Am. Wherever he stops along the way, trouble seems to find Wayne, but he’s resourceful enough to get out of it and continue towards Florida.
Reese and Wernick spoke with /Film by phone before the holidays, when they also previewed Once Upon a Deadpool and the upcoming Zombieland sequel. At the time, they weren’t addressing the news they were attached to a Pirates of the Caribbean reboot, which has since been confirmed. Wayne premieres today on YouTube Premium.
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Disgruntled teens on the run from oppressive adults, expressing their nihilistic worldview through wry wit and brutal violence, seems to be a popular template these days for a TV show. It worked for Netflix’s critically acclaimed The End of the F***ing World, and now the new YouTube Premium series Wayne looks to capture that lightning in a bottle again.
Produced by Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernic, Wayne follows a teen malcontent (Sing Street‘s Mark McKenna) who sets off on the road with his new crush (Ciara Bravo) to take back the vintage car stolen from his dad before he died. See the first Wayne trailer below.
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Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2018 by Fred Topel
The upcoming PG-13 re-release of Deadpool 2 on December 21 is surprising for two reasons. One is that the whole point of Deadpool is that it’s R-rated. The other is that the re-release will actually feature new footage, so it is a new cut of the film.
Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick spoke to /Film about their upcoming YouTube Premium series Wayne this week and discussed the Deadpool 2 reshoots for this upcoming release.
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