Where Zombieland 2 Stands, According To Its Director

Columbus and Tallahassee shopping and killing zombies in Zombieland

For some movies, the possibility of a sequel goes from an inevitability to a never ending loop of development hell. The sequel to 2009's horror comedy Zombieland has been one of those. After years in that purgatory, it was confirmed over the summer that Zombieland 2 is finally happening. It'll be much easier to get excited and believe it's actually happening once cameras start rolling, so where does Zombieland 2 stand at the moment? Director Ruben Fleischer explained that work has already begun, saying:

We're already actually starting Zombieland. I've been scouting and storyboarding and getting it going, and to get to work with that cast again is just an absolute dream come true. It's been really exciting starting to think about that movie, and to get to work with Emma, Jesse, Woody and Abigail once again is truly a dream come true. Yeah, we're just at the very early stages, but we have an amazing script, and we're going to start shooting in Georgia in January.

After almost a decade since the first film, Zombieland 2 is finally in pre-production with location scouting and storyboarding underway. And in only a few short months, at the beginning of next year, Zombieland 2 will finally start filming. This is encouraging news for fans that have endured lots of false starts waiting for this sequel to get made. So to hear that it is finally, truly in the works, albeit the early stages, is extremely exciting.

Ruben Fleischer sounds excited about it too. Speaking with Fandango, he talks about how he look forward to working with the cast again. That's certainly a relief to hear, the cast's availability was reportedly was one of the primary obstacles to this film getting made. Zombieland's actors have gone on to plenty of success in the years since that film, and demand for their talents could make scheduling difficult. With the cast all returning to join director Ruben Fleischer and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, all the ingredients are present for Zombieland 2 to recapture the charm of the first film and deliver a frightfully funny entry in the oft-underutilized horror comedy genre.

We don't yet know what the film will be about, but according to Ruben Fleischer it has a great script. We have heard for a long time that Tallahassee might get a love interest, and according to one report Zombieland 2 will feature a world where the zombies have been almost wiped out, but the heroes find that there may be a pack of "super zombies" to contend with. Take that all with a grain of salt until we hear more, which will likely occur once Zombieland 2 begins filming next year.

Before really ramping up for production on Zombieland 2, Ruben Fleischer has another movie coming out in less than a month with Venom, which officially kicks off Sony's Spider-verse. Venom features Tallahassee himself, Woody Harrelson, in a secret role. Venom releases in theaters on October 5th.

Zombieland 2 is scheduled for release on October 11, 2019. You can see all of next year's biggest movies in our 2019 release calendar. There's still plenty of stuff to come in 2018 too, so check that out in our guide.

Nick Evans

Nick grew up in Maryland has degrees in Film Studies and Communications. His life goal is to walk the earth, meet people and get into adventures. He’s also still looking for The Adventures of Pete and Pete season 3 on DVD if anyone has a lead.