The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Sony Pictures are finally moving forward with a sequel to 2009 comedy Zombieland, with original writers, original director Ruben Fleischer and original stars Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin all returning.
The 2009 film was a horror/comedy road trip film that focused on four strangers that meet and eventually bond during a post-zombie-apocalypse.
Jesse Eisenberg will be playing geeky survivor Columbus, Harrelson will be playing the violent-ish Tallahassee, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin will be playing sisters Wichita and Little Rock.
While talk of a sequel for Zombieland has been alive and dead over the course of the last nine years, Sony has officially pencilled in the film to commence production in January 2019, whilst setting the film for an October 2019 cinematic release, just in time for the original films 10th anniversary.
Columbia Pictures President Sanford Panitch, released a statement saying:
This is one of those projects that fans have wanted to see happen for a long time — and no one wanted to see it happen more than Emma, Woody, Jesse and Abigail. These are some of the most in-demand actors, and I think they are making this movie because they love these characters. We are thrilled Ruben was willing to come back to direct the sequel, as his work on Venom has been truly amazing.
The original film made over $102m worldwide on a budget of just under $24m. Original writer Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who went on to pen the screenplays for Deadpool, Deadpool 2 and Life, are returning to pen the script for the sequel, with Gavin Polone returning to serve as producer. The new film is apparently set to take the group from the White House to the American heartland as they face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the original film, as well as some new human survivors.