How will the upcoming Zombieland sequel fare with fans who loved the original horror-comedy? If you could ask the filmmakers, they’d most likely reply, “It Keeps Getting Better!”
Sure, that was a lame pun, but wouldn’t you expect nothing less from a bunch of horror and pop-culture fans? More of an extended trailer with splices of a Facebook chat and individual interviews with the movie’s stars, Keeps Getting Better is a vignette designed to increase awareness of the upcoming movie, which it does effectively, but it also encourages me that this will not simply be a cash-in from the production studio. I really hope I’m right.
One fan asked the actors to “explain a perfect day in Zombieland,” which quickly cut to smashing undead bodies, monster truck crashing and blasting explosions. That pretty much sums up the under-two-minute project. It’s also self referential, as the fourth wall falls once again and these characters’ self-aware humor will seemingly be in large supply throughout the film.
Zoey Deutch attempts to bring “a beam of light in a world of darkness,” possibly parlaying the elements of her ditzy character, Madison, to the fish-out-of-water scenario of the Zombie Apocalypse. Thomas Middleditch (Flagstaff) mentions that he’s a “poor man’s Jesse Eisenberg,” which might hit a little too close to home for the actor, but it actually brought me plenty of laughs. And Jesse Eisenberg (Columbus) describes the upcoming film as a standalone movie that’s not necessarily a sequel, so what does that mean, exactly?
With our level of interest raised to see Double Tap, there’s plenty of questions that remain to be answered, such as:
- What will Rosario Dawson (Nevada) bring to the sequel?
- Will any new details surface about the outbreak’s origins?
- How much of the spotlight will Emma Stone (Wichita) get?
- Will Woody Harrelson (Tallahassee) steal every scene he’s in?
- How many scenes will the original four actually get to share together?
- And could Bill Murray’s second cameo possibly outdo his first performance?
In addition to previously trying to figure out the upcoming movie’s official title, we also asked Four Burning Questions for Zombieland: Double Tap, while also wondering aloud if the sequel would Write All-New Rules for Horror Sequels. You can tell we’ve been looking forward to seeing this film for quite a long time.
I just really hope the writers of the first movie will keep the screenplay similar in tone to their efforts in Deadpool and Deadpool 2 and drastically different than anything director Ruben Fleischer brought to the big screen in Venom (It really was a mess, but it made a lot of money, practically financing this sequel.). Double Tap looks like it’ll be a whole lot of fun. And if the filmmakers played their cards just right, it’ll be a very large money-maker, which might lead to even more shenanigans from our fearsome cast (we can only hope).
Zombieland: Double Tap will be released on October 18th, just in time for the spooky Halloween season to be fully engaged.