Zombies are big business these days. AMC is forking over $4 million for a 30 second ad during the Superbowl for it’s hit show The Walking Dead. So it is surprising that such a successful Zombie movie like Ruben Fleischer‘s Zombieland doesn’t already have a sequel in the works.
The movie grossed over $100 million for a budget of just $23 million. One would think those kind of numbers would spark intense interest in studio executives. There was talk of a sequel shortly after its release, but development stalled quickly when word that not everyone was happy about the sequels script.
Collider recently talked with Fleischer about the possibility of a sequel:
“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.”
When asked about the possibilities now that AMC‘s The Walking Dead was such a run away hit:
“Well I think that the studio would be very excited to make it. 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 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.”
What would the sequel been about?
“Needless to say it was a continuation of the original story with the same characters. I guess the only thing I could really say is that the threat to our heroes wasn’t only zombies, like they encounter other people that they’re all jockeying for positions.”
That’s too bad. I would have liked to see more of Tallahassee and Columbus’s adventures in Zombieland. There are probably a whole other set of rules for dealing with the other survivors.