Sony Pictures is dead set on producing a sequel to one of its zombie movie— the comedy pic “Zombieland.” Following its failure for a TV pilot last year, Sony is stepping up its game, enlisting Dave Callaham to pen the script for the next installment. Read on for more details on this story.
According to Deadline, Sony sets scribe Dave Callaham to pen the script for the next installment of its zombie comedy “Zombieland” — “Zombieland 2.” Callaham have written the screenplays for big budget box office hits like “The Expendables” and its sequel, “Expendables 2,”; the “Godzilla” reboot; and a production rewrite for Marvel’s upcoming “Ant-Man.”
Moreover, it isn’t confirmed if the previous cast will be returning to reprise their role for the sequel, as its leads had come a long way since the first pic. Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone have been cast on blockbuster superhero tentpoles, Woody Harrelson’s successful run on “True Detective” and Abigail Breslin will be playing the titular “Maggie” for the upcoming Schwarzenegger pic.
Ruben Fleischer, who directed the first pic, will return to helm the sequel.
The 2009 zombie-comedy pic, “Zombieland,” received critical acclaim and was a commercial success. The pic scored a “Certified Fresh” from Rotten Tomatoes, with 90 percent based on reviews from 220 critics, with an average rating of 7.4/10. “Zombieland” grossed more than $60.8 million in 17 days, surpassing the likes of “Dawn of the Dead,” becoming the top-grossing zombie film in the United States until “World War Z” in 2013. In its opening, the film debuted at #1 at the box office in North America in its opening weekend, with ticket sales grossing over $24 million. On its closing in December 2009, the pic earned a final gross of over $75 million domestically and over $26 million overseas for a total of over $102 million worldwide.
The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Together, they take an extended road trip across Southwestern United States in an attempt to find a sanctuary free from zombies.
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