Sony Pictures has given the green light to Zombieland 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The move comes almost nine years after the release of the first film, which hit theaters in October 2009 and grossed $102.4 million worldwide ($75.6 million in North America). It cost less than $24 million to make.
Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin are all returning for Zombieland 2, as is the first film’s director, Ruben Fleischer. Fleischer also directed Sony’s upcoming Venom movie, in theaters on October 5.
The original film’s writers, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, are also back. The duo has recently had a lot of success with the Deadpool movies. Gavin Polone is also back to produce.
The report says that filming is scheduled to begin in January 2019 for a release in October 2019.
In the first film, nerdy college student Columbus (Eisenberg) has survived the plague that has turned mankind into flesh-devouring zombies because he’s scared of just about everything. Gun-toting, Twinkie-loving Tallahassee (Harrelson) has no fears. Together, they are about to stare down their most horrifying challenge yet: each other’s company.
“This is one of those projects that fans have wanted to see happen for a long time – and no one wanted to see it happen more than Emma, Woody, Jesse, and Abigail,” said Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch. “These are some of the most in-demand actors and I think they are making this movie because they love these characters. We are thrilled Ruben was willing to come back to direct the sequel, as his work on Venom has been truly amazing.”
The trade adds that Zombieland 2 will take the four heroes from the White House to the American heartland as they face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors.