The cast must have returned for a good reason, right?
2009’s Zombieland will finally be receiving a sequel later this year in the form of Zombieland: Double Tap. However, fans must be wondering why took so long (a decade) for Zombieland 2 to happen. Director Ruben Fleischer actually has a valid reason for that.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fleischer said:
“The easy answer is, I think we all wanted to stretch our legs a little bit and try different things.
I think we were all excited to do other stuff.
But, the other thing is, we just couldn’t figure out the right story to tell.
It took a minute to get a story that we all felt was worthy, to come back to Zombieland for.
We all have so much love for the original. So, we hold ourselves to a really high standard as far as making sure that, if we were going to make a sequel, that it be at least as good, if not better, than the original.
And that ultimately all comes down to the script. So, we were all demanding and discerning to make sure the story was one that was worth getting the gang back together.
Sometimes it does take time to get that right.”
Fans would know that the first Zombieland movie had the kind of open ending with a sense of finality that didn’t tease a sequel, but one that definitely left the room open to more sequels.
Zombieland is sort of the American take on Shaun Of The Dead, but the latter never did receive a sequel. Just because a sequel can be made doesn’t mean that it has to be made, unless there’s a good story to tell.
As for the prospect of a Zombieland 3, Fleischer had this to say:
“We have to see how this one’s received and if that’s something audiences would want.
But I think we all had so much fun making this one, we’d be really lucky to get to return to Zombieland.
Although, I will say, Emma said, she thought it would be fun if we did one of these every 10 years.
Knowing that Woody’s just the healthiest guy there is, he’s going to outlive all of us, and so we can just keep doing them every 10 years, ‘til the end of time.”
The idea of a Zombieland movie every ten years is certainly an interesting concept, and one that fans will surely get on board with. However, like Fleischer pointed out, we’ll have to see how successful Zombieland: Double Tap will be when it releases worldwide on 18 October 2019.
In the meantime, rewatch the recently-revealed trailer below.