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Fans can now breathe a sigh of relief and excitement as The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the long-awaited Zombieland 2 will finally come to fruition with all four original cast members returning.
There have been stops and starts throughout the process but this time Sony says it's a done deal.
Production is set to get underway in January with the sequel targeting an October 2019 release, which is just in time for the 10th anniversary of the original movie. The original writers, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, are returning too.
In Zombieland 2, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, the Zombie slayers must face off against many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors.
Sony hasn't confirmed a budget, but The Hollywood Reporter (which originally reported the news) notes it's nearly definitely higher than that of Zombieland, which was made for under $24 million and grossed more than four times that worldwide.
"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 in a statement. Original Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer (who's been hard at work on Venom) shall return, along with Wernick and Reese. For his part, Fleischer - 10 years on from making his directorial debut on Zombieland - has remained an in-demand director, most recently having helmed Venom for Sony. "We are thrilled Ruben was willing to come back to direct the sequel, as his work on Venom has been truly unbelievable". After all, the original is still one of the most enjoyable films of the last few decades and we simply can not wait to catch back up with Tallahassee and the gang. The studio states that the movie will show that the characters will "have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family".
When it was first announced that Ben Affleck had been cast as Bruce Wayne / Batman in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, most fans were less-than-thrilled with the decision, with many pointing to the actor's previous role in the critically lambasted Daredevil film as a prime example of why he was a bad choice to don the cape and cowl.