Zombieland: Double Tap director Ruben Fleischer has opened up about the reason why there is a 10-year gap between the original movie and the sequel.
The filmmaker, who made his feature-length directorial debut with Zombieland a decade ago, revealed the reason for the delay was because Zombieland's writers and stars wanted to maintain the original movie's "really high standards."
"I think we all wanted to stretch our legs a little bit and try different things," Ruben told Entertainment Weekly. "I think we were all excited to do other stuff. But, the other thing is, we just couldn't figure out the right story to tell. It took a minute to get a story that we all felt was worthy, to come back to Zombieland for."
He added: "We all have so much love for the original. So, we held ourselves to a really high standard, as far as making sure that, if we were going to make a sequel, that it be at least as good, if not better, than the original. And that ultimately all comes down to the script." So, we were all demanding and discerning to make sure the story was one that was worth getting the gang back together. Sometimes it does take time to get that right."
Actress Emma Stone expressed her desire to work on releasing another Zombieland film after 10 years, pegging a potential third installment for 2029.
"We have to see how this one's received and if that's something audiences would want," he admitted. "But I think we all had so much fun making this one, we'd be really lucky to get to return to Zombieland. Although, I will say, Emma said, she thought it would be fun if we did one of these every 10 years."
"Knowing that Woody's just the healthiest guy there is, he's going to outlive all of us, and so we can just keep doing them every 10 years, 'til the end of time."
Zombieland 2: Double Tap welcomes back original stars Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin as the dysfunctional family-like quartet, alongside writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
The movie is slated for release on October 18, 2019 and will focus on the group travelling from the White House to the American heartland along with brand new characters and lots of flesh eating zombies.
Don't forget to check out the Zombieland: Double Tap trailer and trailer breakdown here.