Will Zombieland 2 Be Director Ruben Fleischer's Next Project?
After Zombieland was a surprise hit back in 2009, director Ruben Fleischer had quite an array of projects to choose from for his next. Ultimately, the filmmaker turned down higher profile directing gigs like the next installment of the Mission Impossible franchise for next year's action comedy 30 Minutes or Less once again starring Jesse Eisenberg (we will have a report from the set when we're allowed to release it sometime next year). We've heard rumblings about a Zombieland 2, so is there a chance Fleischer will go for a three-peat collaboration with Eisenberg for his next? He hasn't ruled that out just yet, but nothing is certain. Read on!
ShockTillYouDrop was also visiting the set of 30 Minutes or Less and they got Fleischer to open up about the potential for a sequel and a couple of other projects he might have coming up his sleeve. The good news for Zombieland 2 is that original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have completed a script and turned it into Sony already. Fleischer says: "I mean, it's an early draft and we have plenty more to do to work on it, but I think it's going to be amazing, I'm really excited about it." However, his passion for the sequel doesn't necessarily make it his absolute next, which makes sense because he's becoming a very popular director.
The director opened up a bit about two specific projects he's thinking about adding to his resume. One we've heard about before, while the other one hasn't been talked about yet, so check out what he says about those:
"I got a couple irons in the fire, so we'll see, but I'd be psyched to do [Zombieland 2]. I have this buddy cop movie that I sold to DreamWorks that's pretty cool that these guys Arnold and Poole are writing. There's a movie that Mike White wrote called 'Babe in the Woods,' that's a really cool script, so those kind of exist and I guess we'll see what happens."
I can only assume that the writers Fleischer is referring to are actually Mike Arnold and Chris Poole, two of the most popular writers without any actual screenplays produced yet. Although they've sold several ideas, none have actually gotten off the ground. The duo sold another comedy to DreamWorks back in 2008 called Home Schooled, but it doesn't sound like that buddy cop comedy Fleischer mentioned has been publicized just yet. No matter what Fleischer ultimately chooses as his third project, I'll definitely be excited for it, but I know even more people would be thrilled if it ends up being Zombieland 2. What do you want to see?