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Another Damn Hollywood Sequel?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 5, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 5, 2009 |

It’s not official, and at this point it’s merely in the discussion stages, but I think we’re familiar enough with the machinations of Hollywood to predict the inevitable: A Zombieland sequel. Will there be one? Well, of course. Even if it wasn’t one of the most badass movies of the year, Zombieland recouped its production budget in its first weekend, and we can all smell sequel. And it smells like glorious, rotting flesh (and maybe a leaky boob, if the first movie was any indication).

In fact, one of the writers of Zombieland (who has left two comments on this site applauding our readership, as it should be) essentially suggested, in a tweet today, that he’d like to do a sequel, but the second weekend’s gross will probably determine whether it gets made: “Zombieland must do well again this wknd to merit a sequel. I feel like I’m on a reality show where America decides.” And given that the only wide opener this weekend is Couples Retreat, I think it’s safe to say that Zombieland should not only have another strong weekend (to be on the safe side, we recommend you go see it again).

In the meantime, the movie itself does leave plenty of room for a sequel (that won’t require any Crank: High Voltage absurdities to get it going), and Paul Wernick — the other writer of the movie — told MTV that he’s already brimming with ideas:

“We would love it, and everyone involved creatively wants to do another one,” Paul Wernick told MTV News before the film’s release. “Woody came up to us after the final cut of the last scene and gave us a hug and said, ‘I’ve never wanted to do a sequel in the previous movies I’ve done until this one.’ ”

In addition to Harrelson, Wernick and co-screenwriter Rhett Reese said the returning core crew would include Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin and first-time director Ruben Fleischer. If and when another film gets the green light, the writers have more than enough material with which to work.

I suspect they do. There’s not shortage of zombies to kill, and let’s be honest: At 81 minutes, Zombieland hardly quenched anybody’s thirst for ridiculously awesome zombie kills.

However, a word of caution — this statement might be taking it a little too far:

“We would love to do several sequels,” Wernick said. “We would love to also see it on television. It would make a wonderful TV series.”

A TV series? Ummm. No. Let’s leave well enough alone, why don’t we?

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