We’ve known for quite some time that Zombieland 2 is happening. Now director Ruben Fleischer has announced a tentative timeline to give us a vague sense of what to expect and when. During an interview with Icon vs. Icon (via Shock Till You Drop), Fleischer dished on everything from his blossoming career to the impact of social media on the film industry. But, of course, the hot topic is Zombieland 2 and here’s what he had to say about that:
We have been talking to the studio and we pitched them some ideas that they seemed to really like. We are definitely doing the film in 3D. Sony has their own 3D division now and we are going to go get a little tour of that on Tuesday [3/2/2010], of the 3D department. I know that the cast are all excited to be a part of the sequel, so it should be a great, fun movie to make! The script is about to be written and hopefully we will shoot it sometime towards the end of the year or early next year.
So we’ve got a sequel coming from Sony’s 3D department, the cast planning to return, writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese about to put pen to paper and hopes to shoot at the end of this year or in early 2011. Until the plot details are all hashed out, what more can you ask for?

Some filmmakers are scrutinized for creating unwarranted follow ups, but Fleischer is confident Zombieland will be welcomed in sequel land. He points out that the film was originally meant to be a TV series. “There was no finality to the characters or the world in the original concept, so it’s not like we are stretching it. That’s why ‘Zombie Kill of The Week’ is ‘Zombie Kill of The Week’, because that is the kill of the week and next week there will be another one.” As for adding the third dimension, Fleischer admits no decision has been made as to whether Zombieland 2 will be shot in 3D or converted in post-production. However, Fleischer does have a preference: shooting in 3D.

Any fan of the original is bound to be a little concerned about a second film tarnishing the first, but Fleischer certainly seems to have his head on straight. In fact, this whole return-to-Zombieland thing has been moving along quite smoothly since the film became a massive success in October. Could we actually have a production that’s not plagued with rumors, controversy and delays?

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