Back in 2009, director Reuben Fleischer scored a surprise hit with "Zombieland," and a sequel was almost immediately announced. However, the director recently provided an update that indicates that the follow-up is now far from a sure thing.
In an interview with Collider, Fleischer revealed that he's hesitant to return to "Zombieland." While he "hates to do it," he says there are "no immediate plans to make the movie." Since there is no script, "the likelihood of it happening is slim."
He did note that he doesn't want to "put a nail in that coffin," which seemingly leaves the door open, but he also said that he wasn't quite enthused to do a sequel when it was immediately announced. Fleischer made it clear that the studio isn't a stumbling block since he believes Sony "would be very excited to make it."
On the other hand, he claimed that he couldn't quite get excited about it himself after taking a crack at the script. Furthermore, he felt as if he needed a chance to move beyond that film since it was his directorial debut. Citing his desire to "make different movies with different people and learn different things," he explained that he "was a little hesitant to just jump right back into the same thing."
During the same interview Fleischer did hint at what the first crack at the script resulted in. "Needless to say it was a continuation of the original story with the same characters," he revealed, adding "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."
Before the interview ended, Fleischer again cracked the door open by insisting that he might be "more inclined to return" to "Zombieland" now that he's had "some distance" and "has done some other stuff," but it seems like audiences shouldn't expect to see it happen anytime soon.