Columbia Pictures and the production company Pariah are raising the Zombieland franchise from the dead for a sequel, titled Zombieland: Double Tap. The sequel will once again be directed by Ruben Fleischer. Original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are joined by David Callaham for the new screenplay. Filming started on January 21st, and features returning cast members Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abagail Breslin joined by newcomers Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia, and most recently, Rosario Dawson. Bill Murray is expected to make a return appearance. And if IMDb is to be believed, Dan Aykroyd could make an appearance as well.
The plot of Zombieland: Double Tap is said to take place ten years after the original (surprise, surprise) where the returning characters must face off against new zombies that have evolved since the original as well as new human survivors. It also tackles the growing pains in their makeshift family.
There was originally rumor of a possible sequel shortly after the original film was successful at the box office. After an initial announcement of a sequel, the project began to lose steam. By 2012, it seemed to be dead in the water. Jesse Eisenberg questioned what relevance there would be after so much time, and Woody Harrelson didn’t see himself as much of a sequel kind of guy. A TV pilot was made later with a different cast and was released in 2013 on Lovefilm and Amazon Video.
The writing for the sequel was finally announced in 2016 and was completed just over a year later. Zombieland: Double Tap was greenlit by Sony Pictures in July of 2018. It is planned for release on October 11th of this year, on the tenth anniversary of the original’s release.
The announcement for the sequel came along with the movie’s entry into the “ten year challenge” meme that’s been going around on social media:
— Zombieland: Double Tap (@Zombieland) January 29, 2019