With Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad about to hit UK cinemas, the director has taken the time to discuss Zombieland 2 , and sadly, the news isn’t entirely positive.
“I hate to do it, but I can say that there’s no immediate plans to make the movie,” says Fleischer in an interview with Collider (opens in new tab) . “There’s no script, really, so the likelihood of it happening is slim. But I would not wanna put a nail in that coffin.”
However, it isn’t the studio that is holding the project back, but rather Fleischer’s feeling that the right time may have passed.
“Well I think that the studio would be very excited to make it,” he explains. “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. But at the time when the talk of the sequel was really – when it felt like it was possible – I was really kind of shying away from it.”
And just to tease us a little further, Fleischer even goes on to explain what might have been.
“Needless to say it was a continuation of the original story with the same characters,” he says. “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.”
We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that the corpse of a sequel twitches and stirs at some point down the track. In the meantime, Gangster Squad opens in the UK today.