To be perfectly honest with you, I’m kind of surprised that Ruben Fleischer’s “Zombieland” has gotten so much love from moviegoers. It wasn’t a particularly great zombie movie. It had its moments, sure, and who can hate any movie with a shotgun packing Emma Stone, but still, come on guys, it wasn’t that great.
But hey, it did made a ton of money at the box office back in 2009 ($102 million on a $24 million dollar budget), which inevitably leads to the studio wanting a sequel. Last we heard, the film’s original writers had a script. Now to hear Fleischer tell it, that script didn’t do it for him, and as a result, he doesn’t foresee a “Zombieland 2” coming anytime soon.
While out promoting his gangster flick “Gangster Squad”, Fleischer told the boys at Collider this when it comes to “Zombieland 2”:
I hate to do it, but I can say that there’s no immediate plans to make the movie. There’s no script, really, so the likelihood of it happening is slim. But I would not wanna put a nail in that coffin.
Turns out, Fleischer could have done a sequel after the first movie, but decided to distance himself from it so he could do something else instead. Now, two movies later…
It’s not that the studio is not excited, it’s that we took one shot at the script [and] it wasn’t something we all got excited to do. And just on a personal level, I was really excited to, having made one movie, to make different movies, not just go back into that world again. But now that I have some distance and I’ve done some other stuff, I would be more inclined to go back to Zombieland I guess you could say. But at the time when the talk of the sequel was really—when it felt like it was possible—I was really kind of shying away from it just because like I’ve only made one movie, I wanna make different movies with different people and learn different things, and so I was a little hesitant to just jump right back into the same thing.
According to Fleischer, one of the ideas for the sequel would find the foursome of Tallahassee, Columbus, Little Rock, and Wichita continuing on their adventures in a zombie-plagued world. They would eventually meet other survivors, and like so many zombie movies post-Romero, the human survivors would show themselves to be more dangerous than the undead.