Long-awaited sequels are often a double-edged sword. Audiences are excited to see their favorite characters return after a long time without them, but they often have raised expectations for the reunion. Luckily for Zombieland fans, the core cast is all back in action, along with the original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, as well as director Ruben Fleischer. Each of them have gone on to projects with massive scales since the 2009 zom-com, but their experience working together before was clearly one they were eager enough to come back to a decade later.
Zombieland: Double Tap has Jesse Eisenberg’s Columbus, Woody Harrelson’s Tallahassee, Emma Stone’s Wichita and Abigail Breslin’s Wichita back amidst the zombie apolcalypse. During the film, there’s an impressive showdown with the undead in an Elvis-themed motel that appears to be shot in one take. When Double Tap director Ruben Fleischer came on the most recent episode of the ReelBlend podcast to talk about the sequel, he explained the making of this scene. In his words:
Wow! It’s always incredible to hear how filmmakers pull off magic tricks such as this unbroken shot. It may look like a single take, but it only needed to be carefully planned to look this way. Which honestly sounds a lot more difficult. Fleischer had seven shots choreographed so they could fit next to each other without looking like they include any cuts. That's organization at its finest. The Zombieland director delved further into the behind-the-scenes of it all, saying:
So additionally, Ruben Fleischer was editing in the scenes on set just to make sure they had what they needed to make the scene work. It’s a smart way to cover all your bases, and it’s not something often done during the shooting of a movie. Fleischer continued with:
Typically, the feeling of getting a scene right as technical as this one doesn’t come with instant gratification. It’s often after it hits the cutting room floor and becomes avaliable in theaters when everyone can bask in a job well done! That wasn't the case for this motel fight scene in Zombieland: Double Tap.
So far, it seems as though Zombieland 2 has greatly satisfied fans, despite all the time and anticipation in between. Early reactions called it a satisfying successor that's just as funny as the original. Double Tap introduces newly evolved zombies to the world called T-800s, thanks to Columbus’ self-awareness of pop culture the audience will appreciate.
Zombieland: Double Tap is in theaters now!
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