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Zombieland 2 officially happening with the original cast and director set to return

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Jul 13, 2018, 4:41 PM EDT

Keep your friends close and your Twinkies closer, because Sony Pictures has officially given the go-ahead for a sequel to 2009's horror-comedy Zombieland, The Hollywood Reporter announced today.

Better yet, the original cast of Jesse Eisenberg (Batman v Superman), Emma Stone (La La Land), Woody Harrelson (Solo: A Star Wars Story), and Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens) will return for the follow-up. Ruben Fleischer (maker of the upcoming Venom) is also coming back to direct.

“This is one of those projects that fans have wanted to see happen for a long time – and no one wanted to see it happen more than Emma, Woody, Jesse, and Abigail,” said Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch in a statement published by THR. “These are some of the most in-demand actors and I think they are making this movie because they love these characters. We are thrilled Ruben was willing to come back to direct the sequel, as his work on Venom has been truly amazing.”

In the years since the original movie's release nearly 10 years ago, the cast, director, and even the screenwriters (Deadpool 2's Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) have forged some incredible careers for themselves. Hell, Stone is now an Academy Award-winner, so it's amazing that the studio was able to get her back. 

Whispers of the franchise's return began to crop up in May when Wernick said: "The hope is that we’re shooting that thing early 2019 for an October of ’19 release ... With the original cast, by the way.”

Of course, a sequel is the perfect way to ring in the first movie's 10-year anniversary. Bringing in over $100 million at the box office and including one doozy of a Bill Murray cameo, Zombieland was a refreshing subversion of the undead genre. It proved that all you needed was a small and likeable cast, a smattering of dark humor, and, for good measure, an apocalyptic wasteland of flesh-eating ghouls. Even the explanation for the zombie scourge is hilariously explained in a throwaway line about an infected hamburger. 

Throw in Eisenberg's rules for surviving in this hellish nightmare version of planet Earth and you've got yourself a delightful concoction that's two parts George Romero and one part Edgar Wright. 

Like Wernick said, production will begin on Zombieland 2 in January 2019 with a theatrical release planned for October of next year, just in time for Halloween as well as the property's 10th birthday.