Emma Stone Zombieland: Double Tap

Emma Stone Zombieland: Double Tap

The sarcastic, zombie-killing family are back and coming up against a new world of super-zombies.

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Luke Wilson
Director: Ruben Fleischer

Synopsis: A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland: Double Tap. In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.

Zombieland: Double Tap
Release Date: October 17th, 2019

About The Production

RULE #3: LIMBER UP - Before going into a zombie-infested area, you will need to prepare for the impending running by limbering up.

No one could have predicted the cult following that would transpire when the first Zombieland was released. The now iconic zomedy, a genre-bending horror/comedy that cheekily chronicled the fight between the living dead and the surviving ass-kickers, ushered in a new zombie era. With director Ruben Fleischer, writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick's zippy screenplay, and an insanely talented and kinetic cast – Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin " Zombieland achieved critical and commercial success, grossing over 100 million dollars worldwide.

"Part of why it has become so beloved by people is because it has a lot of heart and it's really about the characters and their relationships as much as about shooting zombie's heads off," says Fleischer. "And the script was hilarious and completely original. I give so much credit to Rhett and Paul for writing such an amazing script that launched this whole journey. But then it was brought to life by the cast."

"With regards to Zombieland, the zombies, the action, the fun, the personality, the explosions, the pyrotechnics"that's just gravy to us," agrees Reese. "What we really care about is these four people. We like to see the sparks fly when they're together, and that's what really drives the story"and people's love of Zombieland. You just want to hang out with these people."

Such a beloved cult classic surely warranted its own franchise, so why did it take over 10 years for fans to get a sequel?

"The challenge was getting a script worthy of making a second movie," says Fleischer. For the director, who has gone on to helm many films including Venom and Gangster Squad, it was also imperative that the original Zombieland cast approved. Zombieland had been his directorial debut and trying to create that lightning in a bottle for a second time would be like, well, resurrecting the dead. "Their feeling was the first movie was so beloved, we can't enter into this unless we have one that's at least as good if not better than the original."

Reese & Wernick were inundated with projects over the course of the past 10 years (including the mega-hit Deadpool franchise), but the cast and crew waited patiently for them to work their magic again. "There were probably 10 scripts over the last 10 years, but it never felt worthy of making a sequel," says Eisenberg. "Finally the script was just so great, like it would be a fantastic stand-alone movie even if it wasn't associated with the first one."

"We had to wink a little bit at the success of the genre, because we feel like we did reinvigorate the genre in 2009," says Reese. "So when we revisited the genre, I think it was more a question of, how do we find an original story and also justify why we had been away for ten years in the mind of the audience?"

"It's a mix of comedy and action and drama and romance. The tone's a delicate dance, especially on this one," says Wernick. "That includes some of the nods we make to Walking Dead comic and in the White House. The zombie genre has evolved, and so we're just trying to catch people up with the times."

"They made it so special, and I think that's the reason that we all wanted to come back," says Stone. Harrelson, who Fleischer says was the most discerning about the sequel script, agrees: "They hit a homerun. They're just incredible writers. And they finally cracked it."

As in the first Zombieland, the script was just a jumping off point. Fleischer's is known for being extraordinarily collaborative, creating the perfect recipe of great story and genuinely hilarious, thoughtful, and no-holds-barred actors. Add the chemistry of the cast members and the director's wry sense of humor, and you've got a team effort echoing the core four's zombie-busting passion.

For Harrelson, a return to Zombieland also meant a return to fun. "People always ask me: what movie was the most fun for you to make? And I think the first Zombieland was in the top three of the funniest movies I ever made," he says. "Ruben, our fearless leader, is such an amazing director and really open to everybody trying new things. And then the cast. It's one of those things, it's hard to be in a bad mood. If you came to set in a bad mood it's just gonna flip eventually because everybody is so funny and so cool. It's like going to work at a playground."

Whereas the first film centered on the core four loners on a road trip through the zombie apocalypse that ultimately become a makeshift family, the second focuses on keeping that family together. Similar to the first film, the writers give us a world that straddles the line between terrifying and hilarious.

Says Wernick, "We really wanted to tap into the idea that the post apocalypse is a still wonderful albeit lawless place. Think about it – you could drive any car you want, live where ever you want, or even kill with reckless abandon. Anything goes."

Of course, it didn't hurt that the cast had developed into a family of their own, staying in touch over the years and carrying their onscreen chemistry to real life.

"It's just such a fun dynamic," says Eisenberg. "The random luck of us being nice, normal, funny people makes it work so well. You can put us in any kind of context, and it will always be interesting and entertaining because the interactions we have are endlessly workable."

"We've all remained pretty close, so it doesn't really feel like a reunion in the sense that we haven't talked to each other, including Ruben. It feels like getting to hang out with my buddies and goof around. It's been really special and very uplifting to be around everybody again," says Stone, who was the first to acknowledge the 10-year anniversary.

"Emma said, 'This gives it real purpose, and think we should make Zombieland every 10 years,'" says Fleischer. "We all know Woody's going to outlive us all, so we can just do this every ten years until one of us, probably not Woody, is gone. And so, I'm on board with that."

RULE #9: THE BUDDY SYSTEM - You can't always look in front of you and behind you at the same time.

When we find the core four " Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock " they've settled into their little family and new life together at The White House. Yes, The White House.

But, as is the case with all families, they've begun to have a few issues. That's how you know it's a real family, right? Columbus and Wichita have coupled up in the Lincoln bedroom, and while Columbus is ready to take the next step in commitment, Wichita is at heart a loner and is uneasy about their domesticity. Tallahassee, meanwhile, has also reluctantly become a willing family member and father figure to Little Rock, who has grown into a young woman. Teen angst on full throttle, Little Rock itches to meet people her own age and get out of the stuffy White House.

Which really pisses Tallahassee off. Wichita and Little Rock can't deal and take off, but the road is still bumpy"and not just because it's littered with undead carcasses. And when Little Rock abandons Wichita to run off with neo-hippie pacifist Berkeley (Avan Jogia), Wichita returns to the White House for reinforcements to go find her.

"Ten years later, they're still a family unit. But they're struggling with dynamics between them," says Stone. "As the years have gone on, zombies have evolved a bit. There's a group of zombies that are much harder to deal with. So they're learning this sort of new landscape of the zombies, and some of The Rules that used to work don't work as well anymore."

One of the hallmarks of the original Zombieland is The Rules, Columbus's guidelines on how to survive a zombie apocalypse that pop up on the screen during key moments. The most important? The Double Tap: taking great care to shoot a zombie twice to assure their extermination. Unfortunately for our heroes, the zombies have now evolved and they're now faced with the T-800s, a Terminator-like species that's relentless and notoriously hard to kill.

For Columbus, who lived and not died by his Rules, adapting to the new landscape has its challenges. Not only have zombies evolved, but so have the core four, throwing his comfortable life into turmoil. "My character in this movie is a little more confident, but it's misplaced confidence. He's been with Woody's character now for 10 years, but Woody doesn't still accept that my character's a worthy sidekick," says Eisenberg.

"Columbus is a person who has survived this Apocalypse through his own logic rather than brute strength or luck. Like, what would an average person do if they were thrown into this world? If they're a smart, nervous, humble person, they would try to reason their way through it," he continues. "All of his OCD and intense planning and attention to detail have allowed him to survive through this list of rules that he's created. He's an unlikely survivor of this world, but as you learn about him, you realise, Oh, this is a kind of guy who might actually make it. "

"Columbus is really the glue that holds the whole family together, because he so desperately wants that family and it's so important for all of them," says Stone. "And in that, you have big personalities and funny dynamics but at the end of the day, it would be fun to watch those four people, whether they were having to deal with the post apocalypse or just hanging out in the world as it is now, they'd be great anywhere."

Tallahassee, on the other hand, has unpredictably settled into his new family"despite his wandering nature. He spends most of his time in the garage with the presidential motorcade, pimping up his new ride, The Beast, a presidential limo on steroids. As he has become a father figure to Little Rock, he's grown into the role, so obviously he bristles when she wants to spread her wings.

"At first, Tallahassee thinks that they have a shared connection and understanding about Elvis and he thinks maybe she's gone to Graceland," says Harrelson. "We're not sure she'll be safe at Graceland but we want to make sure that we just find her." Tallahassee bristles again when he realises how comfortable he has become with this life he never intended to lead.

"Woody is a genius. I've never seen somebody improvise in character to the point where they had such a rich full character created, that they can kind of improvise in any direction," says Eisenberg. "It taught me a lot about the ways that improvisation in comedy should not be about getting a funny quip out that the audience will laugh at because they realize you're winking. But that it should be about knowing enough about your character to the point where the joke comes from the authenticity of whatever the character is experiencing. And no one does it better than him."

Much like Tallahassee, Wichita planned to go her own way"albeit with Little Rock, her partner in crime. So when Columbus proposes to her, with the Hope diamond naturally, she's so thrown for a loop, she runs. "She freaks out at the idea of a commitment like that, even though there's no other people on the planet," says Eisenberg.

But not before she leaves a very short goodbye note. Ouch. "Wichita is still wanting to be a lone wolf, even though she's been in a family and a relationship with Columbus for 10 years," says Stone. But she soon heads back to White House sweet White House when Little Rock abandons her for a free-loving, free-wheeling granola dude, Berkeley… and leaves a note. It runs in the family.

Little Rock is desperate to get the hell out of her smothery family, typical for a young woman her age. "Little Rock has probably changed the most, as have I in real life " we are a little bit older now and we are adults. She wants to be rebellious and go out and find a boy"which is pretty slim pickings in Zombieland," says Breslin. "So there's a bit of her acting out and trying to push boundaries with Tallahassee, because as much as they have such an amazing bond, she's kind of going through that I don't want to be a little girl anymore phase, which bothers him."

When Wichita returns to the White House after being abandoned by Little Rock, she's in for a bit of a rude awakening. Life happens pretty quickly in Zombieland. (So does death.) So it's not much of a surprise that Columbus has a tryst soon after she left. He wasn't looking for anything, but after he and Tallahassee come across Madison (Zoey Deutch) and her bedazzled personality, Columbus figures, why not?

"She was living in a freezer in a mall, and I think her weapons of choice were her nails and mace. She survived for ten years, so she has to have some wits about her. But I'm particularly defensive of Madison and her abilities. She is a positive beam of light in a world of darkness," says Zoey Deutch who plays new character Madison. "She's fascinated by Columbus' rules and has some of her own, one of them being cardio, which is an immediate connection and bond. Hers is more so like Soul Cycle and Core Power and Hot 8 Yoga, but nonetheless, a connection."

Fleischer likens Columbus's rebound fling to Paris Hilton. "She wears a lot of pink Juicy track suits and puts a lot of hand lotion, so she's pretty hilarious," says Stone. "Zoey Deutch is spectacular and very funny to a level that's a bit problematic"we had a hard time shooting the scenes and not completely cracking up."

The group hits the road for Graceland to find Little Rock, with Madison in tow, but when they get there, Elvis's home has been destroyed. Crestfallen, Tallahassee curses his way all the way to the Hound Dog motel, a kitschy wonderland of Elvis memorabilia that's overseen by Nevada (Rosario Dawson). Nevada is a perfect match for Tallahassee"a big fan of The King, stubborn, self-sufficient, dangerous.

"I take Nevada to be a very independent and strong-willed person. She's well-equipped for this new world of not counting on anybody else, the kind of person you'd want to be stuck with in a bad situation, because you take it on as an adventure, as opposed to just survival." says Dawson. "And she finds a kindred spirit in Tallahassee who's also someone who is game for taking on life by the horns."

After some Zombieland-ish banter and Columbus trying on the Blue Suede shoes, much to Tallahassee's chagrin, we hear a revved motor outside and see that a Monster Truck Big Fat Death has rolled up on The Beast. Out pop Albuquerque (Luke Wilson) and Flagstaff (Thomas Middleditch), striking doppelgängers for Tallahassee and Columbus. (The doppelgängers' names are a fun inside joke amongst the crew: In the first draft of Zombieland , they were the original names of Harrelson and Eisenberg's characters when the film was supposed to shoot in Arizona.)

"Jesse and Thomas, it's like looking in a mirror, especially the way they made Thomas' s hair up," says Wernick. "And Luke has the Texas drawl and can do an almost exact Woody impression. Both physically and character-wise they really do bring out each other as if they're looking in a mirror."

"We thought, wouldn't that be funny to apply those names to the better versions of Tallahassee and Columbus?" says Reese. Fleischer also says the doppelgängers are one of his favorite concepts in the film. "The even smarter, savvier Columbus, the even tougher, more badass Tallahassee. And then throw those together with our guys and watch the sparks fly."

The sparks certainly flew. Tallahassee and Albuquerque take an immediate dislike to each other, which Columbus and Flagstaff are nerdily curious and eerily twin-like. The two interlopers immediately set out to break all The Rules"literally.

"Flagstaff has this superior more well-reasoned list " they're called Commandments" that are far more thoughtful than my Rules. Like, my first rule is cardio, and that's his like 29th commandment, and it's not cardio, it's cardiovascular-like fitness," says Eisenberg. "Even the graphics of his Commandments are better than the graphics of my Rules. It's so unbelievably creative."

"It was really fun to work with Thomas because I'm friends with Mike Judge, who created Silicon Valley. Thomas had never done an action sequence and I've only really ever done one extended action sequence, so we really had a trial by fire," says Wilson, who ends up, along with Albuquerque, getting bitten and turning into a zombie"which leads to an epic fight scene through the Hound Dog Motel. "This is one of those movies where like when I was in eighth grade, I would have been there on a Friday night with my friends, totally pumped up to go see it." Middleditch was up for the challenge. "The cinematographer on this film was the same man who did Oldboy. Think about that. Think about one of the greatest fight sequences ever in cinema. Scratch that. That's over. That's yesterday's news," he says. "Because the greatest fight sequence in cinema now, 2019 release, is in Zombieland: Double Tap. That whole sequence is a smorgasbord of action.

Meanwhile, Little Rock is most certainly not at the Hound Dog, instead she's taken off with Berkeley, her new guy, to a hippie commune called Babylon. So the group heads there to find her.

"Berkeley's like a traveling troubadour, a faux hippie trying to pick up ladies and bring them to Babylon. He wears hemp and says 'namaste,'" says Jogia. "He's a pacifist, so 12 he's the opposite of Tallahassee and"and probably the opposite of anything that is probably gonna keep you alive. Shockingly he has remained alive, I don't know why."

With the evolved core four and the new characters, Zombieland: Double Tap keeps the chemistry sparked in the original movie while developing a new storyline.

"They say you make a movie three times: once in the script process, once in the shooting process, and once in the editorial process. Luckily, we have an abundance of great material to choose from," says Fleischer. "At the end of the day, it can be as funny and full of action as it wants, but if you don't care about the people, then it's not going to be as satisfying."

RULE #2: DOUBLE TAP - When in doubt, don't get stingy with your bullets.

Special Effects Makeup Production Head Tony Gardner is no stranger to all things zombie. As the designer of the original zombies, Gardner was now responsible for maintaining the original look but also creating the newly evolved versions. Though our zombies themselves have evolved, their look " solidified in the original film (well, maybe not solidified, our zombies are piles of drool and bile and puss) " is still very much the disgusting LOOK audiences have to come to love/be grossed out and completely terrified by.

"Being able to come back after ten years and have our original design still hold up is awesome," he says. "In order to come up with new designs, we started with the classic zombie musts. Flushed faces, wet and runny skin, mismatched eyes and lots of black blood. With the basics in place, we began breaking down the new zombies, which include four new versions."

1. The Homer - This zombie is the epitome of overweight, slow and dumb as rocks, which usually lends itself to them dying in some horrible way. "Homers just chase blood and have no regard for their own life, just a dumb zombie," says Wernick. Gardner took the Homer name literally by working yellow into their skin tone and adding a tiny bit of hair on top of their heads – facilitating the perfect comb over.
2. The Hawkings - The thinking man's zombie. Named after Steven Hawkings, these zombies have evolved into the cleverest and most resourceful. From using human eyeballs for retina scans to just blatantly outsmarting humans, the Hawkings will beat you in Scrabble, design an app that takes all your money, and then eat you for dinner.
3. "The Ninja" - This stealth zombie appears out of nowhere. With superior reflexes, Ninjas are nimble and quick, the Olympic sprinters and gymnasts of the zombie kingdom.

In order to take the sequel to the new level, the filmmakers needed to think about not just the future of the characters, but of the zombies themselves: How have the living dead of this post-apocalyptic world changed? "Our characters have grown but unfortunately the zombies have also evolved," says Eisenberg. This 4th zombie is next level.

4. The T-800 - This is the scariest, most evolved zombie of all. These guys are terrifying, destructively relentless, and Double-Tap resistant " they've hard to kill and keep getting up " which makes them not only harder to kill, but harder to anticipate as well. "Ruben wanted a more visual cue to the look so you could distinguish them from the regular zombies," says Gardner. "We ratcheted up the blisters and chemical imbalances in the skin because most of the T-800 stuff happens at night. So, they have white veins and their eyes have gone solid black, with the idea being that they're more feral and more animalistic. Basically, we kind of looked at them as sharks. They hone in on what they're going to bite; They're focused, deliberate, with black shark eyes. But they're still just as drippy and gross though as the regular guys."

And while there are classifications of zombies, Zombieland: Double Tap still has the same fun and heart-racing scenes of zombies attacking en masse. "You initially want to give these zombies back stories, but then you realize that you need also the zombies to read as a horde as well," says costume designer Christine Wada. "By the time you're done dressing them and putting blood all over them, it becomes about texture. And color. A steadfast rule would be remember that zombies have to run: you can't let the costumes get in the way of having fun."

RULE #11: ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS - As well as surviving all the zombies, you'll also need to maintain a happy and sane state of mind by keeping positive.

In Zombieland, the audience has come to expect that best when it comes to production design, and that extends beyond the highly anticipated dripping puss and drool and bile.

Fun fact: "If you just turn into a zombie or maybe you have a food allergy, your vomit will start by mixing tapioca pudding with crushed vanilla wafers for that perfect texture. Next you add in honey or syrup to break up the consistency and make it extra chunky. The key to perfecting zombie puke is to commit, it should pouring out of your nose and your ears and leaking only slightly out of your eyes," says Gardner. Also? "Everyone on set is obsessed with "mouth goo," he says. "If I had to pick a rule, my rule would be: always bring mouth blood. It's actually called for on set, when cameras rolling, everybody goes in with their squeeze bottles and hits all the zombie actors with this thick black syrup. You can never have too much mouth goo."

You can also never have post-apocalyptic creativity, according to production designer Martin Whist. "We have the precedent of the previous movie, which was steeped in pop culture and irony," he says. "And the freedom of being in a fantasy world a postapocalyptic environment filled with zombies, with these great characters that bring such energy to the movie."

And what's the best place to combine wish fulfillment with practicality? The White House, naturally.

"When we find the core four of the movie, they've moved to Washington DC," says Fleischer. "Columbus has a theory: go big or go home, and so they go to the biggest home they can find, the White House, which is a really fun place to situate them and see this unique opportunity that could only exist in this world."

The creative team constructed a dead-on replica of the White House as a start. But in order to give it a Zombieland-verse flair, they asked themselves: How would our core four redecorate? "Layering the history of the pop culture onto it and their personal history of living there for years, what they would do and why was super fun," says Whist.

The walls are covered with filched Van Goghs and Haring paintings. Random culturally quirky objects dot various rooms. There's a Shepard Fairey Hope poster in the Lincoln Bedroom where Wichita has made Tallahassee put post-it notes over the eyes of Lincoln's portrait so he couldn't "see" their naughtiness. Tallahassee's man cave in the motor pool is adorned with big time sport trophies and NASCAR memorabilia.

"We're setting out to spark the imagination and then pull viewers in to go ,'Yeah, actually, that's what I would want too! If I could have anything, I'd go to the Smithsonian and pull out the first moon suit when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, like why not?'" says Whist.

When the crew takes off for Graceland to find Little Rock and ends up at the Hound Dog Motel, the kitsch really ramps up. Tallahassee " and Nevada, we come to find out " is an Elvis superfan, so The King's memorabilia needs to wow accordingly.

"The design often is informed by the choreography of the scenes and the placement of the objects in there is not arbitrary. For The Hound Dog, the placement of Elvis with the guitar is the starting point," says Whist. "It was extremely liberating to have such wealth of material from Elvis and all the kitsch that goes along with that wonderful mid-20th century Americana culture." As Columbus and Tallahassee move through the motel, they see the Blue Suede shoes (which fit Columbus to a T, much to Tallahassee's chagrin).

"We had an Elvis guitar made into rubber so they could have a fight with it," says prop master Dan Miloyevich, of the epic sweeping fight scene between Nevada, three of the core four and the Doppelgängers. "That was a lot of fun."

Wada had fun with wardrobe as well, going so far as to track down the company that used to make The King's suits. "They were willing to make Elvis's Aloha suit," she says. "Woody likes to wear natural fabrics, so I asked them if they could do it not in the polyester, but in the wool that the original suits were made of." They did and when Woody tried on the suits it was perfect"a magical transformation.

The design team worked hard to balance Woody's veganism with Tallahassee's hallmarks. "In every little detail with Woody, his personal choices in life extend to his character. The challenge was finding those items that would work," says property master Don Miloyevich. "If people are drinking whiskey, you color water with caramel color. In discussions with Woody's chef and researching, there's a Chaga mushroom elixir that has a dark color and can be like a coffee substitute. So we made some of that and I had to filter it ten times through a coffee filter to get it clear enough to color the water " and then he was happy. There's also the scene where he's taking the aspirins. We used a mixture of turnip and Dycon, I made thin slices of it and cut little tablets out. He was really pleased with that 'cause you could hear the crunching noise as he chewed on them."

Unfortunately, Tallahassee had to leave The King's ransom behind, as the group moved on to idyllic commune Babylon to find Little Rock and her crunchy lothario Berkeley. As much fun as the White House was to create, designing Babylon from the ground up was a springboard of creative possibility," says Whist.

In order to create Babylon, the filmmakers pulled off two of the largest builds on the film. The Babylon rooftop was built on the back lot at Pinewood Studio while the fortress around Babylon was built at an abandoned hotel on location in Atlanta.

Says Whist, "We wanted to make sure it was a complete juxtaposition from what you would picture during a zombie apocalypse. We wanted show them living their best lives on a rooftop with everything they could possible need." Surrounded by reinforcements, the pacifist settlement had a No Guns Allowed rule and a smelter at the front gate where they melted weapons into wearable necklaces. When you made it past the guards, you encountered a crunchy wonderland, a free-spirited paradise.

Fleischer notes the crew looked to Burning Man for inspiration. For costumes, Wada was on the same track; she looked to the festival world, rife with fashion stereotypes. "I wanted to make it just ridiculously 2009 hipster, Phish concert, Coachella, mixed with hippie granola, Silver Lake. The ironic culture," she says.

"It's this pseudo-neo-hippie, hipster Utopian environment. They have everything they need and what would they be doing day to day, playing hacky sack and smoking weed, why not?" says Whist. The Exterior Babylon set was surrounded by hundreds of feet of shipping containers. From the outside, the containers were aged to give a run down creepy feel whereas the interior side was painted with beautiful murals. "To let everybody on the creative team express their talents as painters, letting them expand to do what they do best was a real joy."

"The hippies of Babylon have chosen non-violence and their strategy is avoidance, so this safe little haven in a post-apocalyptic zombie world," says Fleischer. "Up until the T800s came to be, Babylon was impenetrable. But then there's this heightened threat that they're able to scale the walls and climb the tower and get to them that they're finally like, their pacifist strategy is actually pretty questionable."

As Zombieland audiences have come to expect with glee and horror, the epic final zombie horde scene turns a happy place into a battleground. This " and hilariously iconic touches along the way " not only required the brilliant art department, but technical wizards as well. VFX supervisor Paul Linden was a huge component of the look of Zombieland, says Fleischer. For the striking Zombieland characteristic cinematography, the director turned to an expert, Chung-hoon Chung.

"I'm a huge fan of his; I've been watching everything he's done since the Korean film Oldboy," he says. "I wanted to collaborate with somebody who can do the action, the violence, really bold visuals. He's just one of those exceptional, uniquely talented visionaries who brings such a distinctive style to everything he does. He brought so much to it both in appreciating the original and wanting to pay tribute to it but also in wanting to create something fresh and new."

Zombieland: Double Tap
Release Date: October 17th, 2019