Zombieland Writers Talk About Ideas for the Next 3D Sequel
by Alex Billington
February 9, 2010
"There absolutely will be a sequel, and it will absolutely be in 3-D," Zombieland co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick revealed to MTV. "Now, it's just a question of what that sequel will be. It's not a question of having enough ideas, but almost having too many ideas. We have a lot of ideas!" And what might those ideas be? Let's find out! As you probably know, Reese & Wernick have quickly become two of Hollywood's hottest writers, getting hired for this sequel, the G.I. Joe sequel, and Deadpool, all in the last few months. But the focus this time is on what they're thinking about for the Zombieland sequel (in 3D) at this point.
“We want to stick with our dysfunctional family," Wernick says, "But also introduce new characters." Although we won't know who these new characters are until they get cast. Speaking of which, let's hope the original cast decides to return as well. Here's what Reese had to say about introducing new characters:
"I think that we like to think about the Zombieland characters in terms of how they survived, what qualities do they have that led them to survive?” Reese said of the defining factor in the new human characters they'll introduce to fight alongside Tallahassee, Wichita and the rest. “As long as they have some quality for survival, then they make sense for the movie.”
On the 3D side of things, normally I'm not too fond of this kind of stuff, but the enthusiasm Reese and Wernick have for 3D zombies is awesome. Here's what they said about breaking into the third dimension:
"We entirely want to write with 3-D in mind,” Wernick added, shooting down the majority of filmmakers who these days claim to concentrate on the story first and the three-dimensional stuff later. “We have the vision, and want to have fun with the technology.”
"We want you to be looking down at your popcorn to make sure there isn't blood on it," Reese said laughingly. "There will be a lot of fluids flying!"
Other characters that will be returning - zombies, lots of them! "We don't discriminate when it comes to zombies," Reese said. "We like to think that a zombie's character isn't just about their profession, or what their personality was, but what were they doing at that moment they became a zombie." Interesting thought. Anything else? "There will be continuing romantic adventures," they say, of course, but as for who or what, they haven't decided. So it sounds like there will be a lot of new stuff going on in this which is great. I loved what we got with Zombieland but I definitely want to see them expand the scope and scale in the sequel.
As far as we know, Ruben Fleischer is returning to direct the sequel, and Sony is aiming for a 2011 release. We probably won't hear much about this until later this year when they actually start casting. Hopefully they get started sooner than later because I'd love to see this sequel. We'll keep you updated anyway! Excited?