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“Zombieland 2” is the latest nostalgia tinged sequel to get the green light

Over the weekend, word leaked out that, almost a decade after the original, Zombieland 2 was finally a go. Yes, that long talked about sequel is coming our way. Ever since Zombieland was a hit, a follow up has been discussed. A short lived television series was attempted, but the hope was always to bring back the principals and have another adventure with them. Now, that dream is a reality. Next fall, a Zombieland sequel is coming our way. Fans can rejoice, while skeptics and wonder what took so long, but the fact of the matter is, this is something to look forward to.

For those who don’t remember, the film was a road trip action/comedy/horror hybrid. IMDb described it as such: “A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.” The movie starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin, with Ruben Fleischer at the helm directing. The script was by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. According to the press release, this is part of what we can expect with the new outing: “The new movie will once again put the focus on comic mayhem, taking the quartet 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. But, most of all, according to the studio, they have to face the growing pains of their snarky, makeshift family.” Everyone is back, with scribe Dave Callaham helping to pen the new screenplay with Reese and Wernick.

Making sequels long after the original can be a dangerous proposition. Just look at Independence Day: Resurgence, for example. The longer you wait for a follow up, the less audiences may care, and worse, the less effective the sequel can be. That’s not to say that the rush to make sequels these days works fully either. The sweet spot that Christopher Nolan found with his Dark Knight trilogy is hard to replicate. Too much money is involved. There is some reason to think that Zombieland and its follow up Zombieland 2 has the potential to buck the trend, as you’ll see next.

If there’s one thing to hang your hat on here, it’s that everyone involved has gone on to bigger and better things in the years since. No one is doing this to cash in, it seems. The first movie worked because of Reese and Wernick’s clever writing, Fleischer’s unique direction, and the cast. Bill Murray obviously won’t be back, but Breslin, Eisenberg, Harrelson, and Stone will be. The concept of them running around a zombie filled White House is something I know I’d like to see. As long as the flick doesn’t feel stale, this will be a good time at the movies.

Hopefully, Zombieland 2 will be a second installment that stands up right alongside the original one. Time will tell, but in October of next year, we shall find out. If nothing else, there’s a nice little curiosity in 2019 to keep track of. More adventures with Columbus, Little Rock, Tallahassee, and Wichita could be just what the cinematic doctor ordered. It won’t be an award winner, but with all of the talent going on to bigger and better things, both in front of and behind the camera, the combination is still one to reckon with. More when we have it on this one…

Stay tuned for more on Zombieland 2 in the next year and change!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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