Jesse Eisenberg Jumps From Adventureland to Zombieland
by Alex Billington
October 6, 2008
Taking its cue from Shaun of the Dead, another buddy zombie comedy is in the works, titled Zombieland. This one will star Woody Harrelson and little known actor Jesse Eisenberg (who just finished Adventureland for Greg Mottola) as a pair of mismatched survivors who find friendship and redemption in a world overrun by zombies. Eisenberg is in negotiations to play Flagstaff, a terrified shut-in whose cowardice makes him an expert at surviving the zombies but who is forced out of his shell to join the band of survivors. First-time feature filmmaker Ruben Fleischer is directing a script written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (creators of "The Joe Schmo Show") for Columbia Pictures to distribute.
Is it me or does there seem to be a key part of the plot missing? How does this zombie invasion happen? Or better yet, where does it take place? Globally? In a mall? In a small city? I need the answer to those questions before I can say whether this will even compete with Shaun of the Dead or not. Eisenberg is a fantastic actor, and Harrelson showed us he's still damn good at comedy in Semi-Pro earlier this year, but its up to the director and the screenwriters to turn this into something amazing. And speaking of director Ruben Fleischer, Peter over at SlashFilm has compiled a great collection of his short films if you're interested in seeing his past work. Otherwise, I'll be very keen on hearing more about this.