TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - May 22, 2018
Late last week there were rumors and rumblings about a Zombieland sequel being in the works. The surprise 2009 comedy hit was written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the guys who wrote both Deadpool movies, so while making the promotional rounds last week, they let slip that a sequel to Zombieland is currently in the works and is planned to be released next year.
Now a rumored plot of the film has been reported and it's, well, really bizarre. All of the film's stars have a substantially higher profile now than they did ten years ago, so it makes sense that they'd want to give the actors the chance to return but not commit to an entire months long shoot.
According to a source over at Splash Report, the film takes both Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone's characters out of the action almost immediately, and replaces them with a new group of zombie hunters. It sounds... interesting to say the least.
All the main folks from the first film return: Columbus (Woody Harrelson), Tallahassee (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone), Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). And a few new faces also make an appearance: Reno, TB, Cleveland, Madison, and a few others. While these new characters definitely aren’t as exciting or developed as the original four, they are a welcome addition to the roster and allow for some fantastically humorous moments. Reno is the Eve to Tallahassee’s Adam. She is everything he could ever dream of badass, skilled, strong. They’re a match made in heaven… if only she would take him. TB is Tallahassee’s spitting image. Essentially the same person. Similarly with Columbus and Cleveland. Madison is a ditzy blonde who Columbus hooks up with after Wichita freaks out from the lack of zombies and leaves (yeah, that happens really early on, it’s not a spoiler). The dynamic these new characters bring to the group make for some of the most entertaining scenes in the entire franchise. However, since they are mainly just extensions of the main four, they are pretty thin as individual personas.
Now here's where stuff gets weird...
The main plot of ZOMBIELAND TOO follows the gang as they attempt to find Little Rock after she ran away with an individual (unnamed due to spoilers). Columbus, Tallahassee, and Wichita embark on a journey that takes them all the way across the country to hopefully save LR from certain death. You know how earlier I mentioned zombies were now extinct in Zombieland? I lied. You see, while the regular, lumbering creatures from the first film have no interest in humans anymore, rendering them essentially extinct, they have been replaced by SUPER ZOMBIES—giant, muscular, incredibly tough beings that are only able to be killed through a headshot. A horde of these super-zombies has been migrating from city to city, destroying everything in its wake. And it’s up to the gang to finally put an end to this bloodshed, or face extinction themselves.
Super Zombies? Um, what? I mean, I trust these guys to create a funny and interesting story, but this sounds like some Resident Evil nonsense. Big muscular zombies? What on earth are we even talking about?
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