Zombieland and Jackass Both Confirmed for New 3-D Sequels
by Ethan Anderton
December 2, 2009
Just last week, director Ruben Fleischer reported that Sony was very interested in giving a Zombieland sequel the 3-D treatment. Variety now confirms the early plans for a literally in your face zombie massacre sequel as well as adding another unlikely 3-D sequel to the mix with Paramount's announcement of a third installment of stupid shenanigans from the Jackass franchise. I gotta say, while some bloody good zombie killing would be a fun experience in 3-D, I definitely don't need to see full-on male nudity, gross bodily fluid evacuation and exchange, and slapstick prat falls in 3-D. In the wise words of Liz Lemon, "Shut it down!"
With Zombieland, Sony has closed the deal to bring back Fleischer into the director's chair, but the studio has only just begun negotiations to bring back Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg to reprise their roles. However, no word on if the female half of the flick, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin will be a part of the sequel just yet. We'll find out after screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick finish the script and send some story details our way.
On the Jackass side of things, Paramount is already set to have filming begin in January with a release scheduled for later in 2010. Johnny Knoxville will be back for the installment which is confirmed to be shot in 3-D, but only now is director Jeff Tremaine conducting camera tests this week to ensure that the footage will look good. No matter how good the technology, a pierced scrotum or spewing vomit will never "look good" in 3-D. It's not as if anything about Jackass was ever visually stimulating or cinematically epic (maybe the opening credits sequence with the giant shopping cart from the first film) so this 3-D nonsense is just ridiculous. But I'm sure the guys will figure out something raunchy and silly to do for digital 3-D.
I have to say, while I do enjoy certain elements of digital 3-D in cinema, if we're going to keep applying it to films that don't demand the 3-D treatment then I'm going to get sick of it really quickly. With all the projects being greenlit with the hype of 3-D surrounding already unnecessary remakes, sequels and the like, I have a hard time believing THR's recent article about the slow and gradual business growth of 3-D entertainment. Soon enough 3-D will become a monster not unlike the creatures of the 80's 3-D films of years passed and we'll be seeing Schindler's List 2 in digital 3-D in no time. That's when the terrorists win. Anyone excited?