Ten years ago zom-com Zombieland was a big hit for writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese and director Ruben Fleischer, bringing in just over $100m on its $23m budget.
Zombieland featured Talahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jessie Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), survivers of a zombie apocalypse who meet up and after a shaky start decide to stick together to try to find somewhere safe from the zombie hordes. The survivors refer to each other by their places of origin, rather than their given names, as this is thought to be less distressing when a fellow survivor gets killed, eaten or turned into a zombie.
Along the way the disparate group bonds and the relationship shifts from one of convenience to one of family attachment.
Back in July of 2018 Sony Pictures confirmed they had greenlit a sequel, with the same writing and directing team – Zombieland: Double Tap, and today the first official trailer hits the cinemas. The name is taken from the second rule on Columbus’s list of Rules For Survival in a world full of zombies.
This time the group has their eye on a more substantial piece of real estate and are headed for the Whitehouse. Joining them are Madison (Zoey Deutch), who’s been living in a freezer, ace zombie-killer Nevada (Rosario Dawson) and hippie musician Berkeley (Avan Jogia). Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch also turn up as a pair of strangely familiar survivors.
The zombies too have been making some changes, having evolved over the last 10 years into various groups like the dangerous T-800, faster, stronger and harder to kill.
I’m glad to say Bill Murray is making a comeback too, reprising his role as himself, probably as a zombie, having been killed in the first movie. This time he’ll be joined by another ex-ghostbuster, Dan Ackroyd, also as himself.
Check out the trailer below.
Zombieland: Double Tap is due out on October 11th in US.
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