It’s been eight years since we journeyed with Columbus, Tallahasse, Wichita, and Little Rock in 2009’s horror/comedy Zombieland. While it seemed like a sequel was a shoe-in – the film was made for just under $24 million and pulled in over $100 million – we’ve been left waiting, wondering when our band of misfit heroes would be able to find their next Twinkie stash. It seems that we’re also not the only ones eager to see a return to that zombie post-apocalyptic world where Columbus’ rules govern everything he does as writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been openly talking about the status of a sequel.
The duo, who are on press tours right now for their film Life, have made it clear that their script for Zombieland 2 is complete and that they’re working with Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman to get everything locked down.
Wernick explains to ComicBook.com:
“It is [in active development]. We’re trying to get it going. All of our cast have read the script and love it. Reuben [Fleischer] is signed on. It’s just a matter of making our cast deals and making it for a budget number. All the cast have become superstars now so, we made Zombieland with 20 million, so it’s trying to fit that financial model into the sequel model so it makes sense for the studio and being able to pay the actors what they now get paid and deserve to paid [sic].“
So it looks like a lot of forward movement has been made and we’re just waiting on the accountants to write the correct amount on a check, so to speak. Considering how popular the original was (it pulled in an additional $55 million from home video sales), this seems like a no-brainer. Plus, I’m sure Twinkie will be all for it!