Released during the fall of 2009, Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland quickly became a breakout hit for the then 35-year-old director. Four years later and people are still waiting for the sequel film. At the time, Fleisher was not anxious to return to the Zombieland world, but now that he has made different types of movies he might reconsider a sequel.
In an interview with Collider, Fleischer talks about the pop culture phenomenon Zombieland became. The zombie comedy was a refreshing change of pace after years of more conventional zombie films. Since Zombieland was his first film, the Los Angeles director says he wanted to grow as a filmmaker before making the Zombieland sequel. He told Collider:
Well I think that the studio would be very excited to make it. It’s not that the studio is not excited, it’s that we took one shot at the script [and] it wasn’t something we all got excited to do. And just on a personal level, I was really excited to, having made one movie, to make different movies, not just go back into that world again. But now that I have some distance and I’ve done some other stuff, I would be more inclined to go back to Zombieland I guess you could say.
It seems inevitable that Fleischer will give us a Zombieland sequel eventually. His follow-up film, 30 Minutes or Less, was met with lukewarm reception from critics and at the box office. It remains to be seen how well his latest movie, Gangster Squad, will do, but Zombieland 2 would seem to be a no-brainer if Fleischer needs a hit to bounce back from a couple of underperforming movies.
Needless to say [the original script] was a continuation of the original story with the same characters. I guess the only thing I could really say is that the threat to our heroes wasn’t only zombies, like they encounter other people that they’re all jockeying for positions.