Zombieland: Double Tap was released on October 18th as a celebration of the tenth anniversary of 2009’s hit film and cult classic, Zombieland. And there is something very endearing about this whacky zom-com sequel.
Most of it has to do with the return of all four members of the stellar cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone), who have reunited with Zombieland director Ruben Fleisher and the original screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick as well as additional writer, Dave Callaham.
After the success of the original Zombieland, talk of a sequel swirled throughout the industry, and the cast and director were all enthusiastic about the prospect. In an August 2016 interview with Yahoo! Movie’s Ryan Leston, Wernick recalled, “Woody Harrelson came up to us after the final cut of the last scene and gave us a hug and said, ‘I’ve never wanted to do a sequel in the previous movies I’ve done until this one’.”
According to Wikipedia, multiple projects for the actors, the director (Venom), and the writers (Deadpool), however, kept getting in the way of the highly anticipated sequel, and enthusiasm began to wane. Fortunately, for the fans, cast, and crew—after nine years, fate smiled on the project and Zombieland: Double Tap was greenlit for production in July 2018.
Zombieland screenwriter Wernick recalled,“Woody Harrelson came up to us after the final cut of the last scene and gave us a hug and said, ‘I’ve never wanted to do a sequel in the previous movies I’ve done until this one’.”
The title for the sequel is based on Rule # 2 in one of the main character’s extensive set of rules (from the original film) for surviving the zombie apocalypse. Rule # 2: The Double Tap states that one should “never assume a zombie is dead. Always make sure with a clean shot to the brain.” A gory rule to live by but essential for anyone who is interested in survival.
Zombieland: Double Tap begins a few years after we left our heroic survivors in the original film. In an America overrun by zombies, our four survivors–the geographically named Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and her younger sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin)–have become experts in identifying and eliminating an ever-evolving variety of zombies.
The new and improved zombies are categorized as: Homers (the dumb ones), Hawkings (the smart ones) and Ninjas (the silent and deadly ones). There are also some T-800s (the un-killable ones) who are named after the T-800 terminators in the Terminator films.
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When we first meet up with the four zombie slayers, they have taken up residence in the abandoned White House, but the constant togetherness of these diverse individuals has become unbearable, and it soon causes a parting of the ways for the group.
Left to fend for themselves, the two men meet up with some new characters around town, including some other human survivors and potential love interests—but when duty calls, the foursome joins forces again to travel through America’s heartland–steadily facing off against both zombie and human enemies.
The secret to the success of both Zombieland and its sequel is the true camaraderie of the four main actors and some of the new additions to the cast including Zoey Deutch, Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson, Avan Jogia and a guest appearance from the great Bill Murray. Woody Harrelson can’t help but steal the movie as the adorably eccentric, Elvis-loving curmudgeon who does a rocking version of Elvis Presley’s “Burning Love” as the end credits roll.
Zombieland: Double Tap is a fun journey, so be sure to hitch a ride on this hilarious zombie-filled rollercoaster of a film.
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