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Development: Zombieland 2 gets on track; Pharrell to narrate The Grinch; In Fabric weaves theater deal

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Sep 18, 2018

Now that we’ve waited nearly a decade for a sequel to 2009’s Zombieland, the short wait between now and the official start of filming ahead of Zombieland 2s release next October hardly seems long at all.

Director Ruben Fleischer recently shared fresh details about the next chapter in the road-tripping adventures of Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), revealing that filming on Zombieland 2 is set to finally begin early next year.

“We're already actually starting Zombieland. I've been scouting and storyboarding and getting it going, and to get to work with that cast again is just an absolute dream come true,” Fleischer told Fandango. “It's been really exciting starting to think about that movie, and to get to work with Emma, Jesse, Woody and Abigail once again is truly a dream come true. Yeah, we're just at the very early stages, but we have an amazing script, and we're going to start shooting in Georgia in January.”

Fleischer didn’t reveal any story details (we’ll at least go out on a limb and speculate that Bill Murray won’t be appearing as himself), but with original Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese returning to pen the sequel, at least the comedic beats should feel pleasingly familiar. 

In the meantime, you can check out Fleischer’s latest directorial turn when Venom slides into theaters starting Oct. 5.


Dr. Suess nerds, get happy! Pharrell Williams reportedly will voice the super-important role of the narrator in Universal Pictures’ soon-to-release adaptation of The Grinch

Via Deadline, Williams rounds out a voice cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch (as the Grinch), Rashida Jones, Keenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, and Angela Lansbury for the animated movie, which is co-directed by by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney.

Williams’ pop background should nicely complement the film’s more musical emphasis, with a Tyler the Creator-penned theme song and a score from legendary composer Danny Elfman. Plus, Pharrell has a movie music pedigree of his own, having scored all of Universal’s blockbuster Despicable Me animated films.

Williams will take us on our next guided tour of Whoville when The Grinch releases on Nov. 9.


Finally, A24 Films has reportedly sewn up the distribution rights to horror movie In Fabric, which wowed audiences at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Via Variety, the independent A24 has just picked up In Fabric for a theatrical release sometime next year. The film weaves the story of a lonely London woman who discovers that a dress she bought at a local store is cursed, having ruined the lives of its previous owners. 

Beyond the 2019 release target, there’s no early information on exactly when In Fabric, directed by Peter Strickland and starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Gwendoline Christie, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill, Julian Barratt, and Steve Oram, will spin into U.S. theaters. 

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