2009 was a weird-ass year. Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Patrick Swayze died. Barack Obama was still president. The nation was captivated by the saga of a young boy who wasn’t, after all, caught up in a giant balloon. Amongst all this, it’s a wonder that people had time to go see a light and fluffy comedy like Zombieland a billion times, but, sure enough, it happened. And now, almost ten years later, it’s finally getting a true sequel.
That’s right, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures has finally reassembled the core cast — Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin — alongside director Ruben Fleischer and writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, for a sequel that’s looking to start shooting in January.
Now, we can argue all day long about whether or not this sequel is hitting theaters several years too late (though, to be fair, the stars involved in such a picture burn so bright that it would have been nearly impossible to tie them down to a particular franchise at that point in time), but we’d also like to remind you that the first Zombieland is actually a pretty swell little comedy, and it’s a tremendous step up from the planned television series, which we can guarantee you that we would have never watched a single episode of.
Still, it’s got to be a pretty big task getting this group back together again. If you need a fix before then, you can see Stone in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite later this year, and Fleischer is currently helming Venom, which hits theaters the same weekend that our film editor is getting married. What a wedding gift, film gods.
Zombieland 2 is aiming to hit theaters in October 2019. Stay tuned for more information as it breaks.