Zombieland 2: How Much Time Has Passed Since The Original?

Zombieland 2: How Much Time Has Passed Since The Original?

The original Zombieland came out during a different time–a period of ancient history known as 2009. The sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap, is set to hit theaters ten years later to the date–October 18, 2019, the ten-year anniversary of the original’s release. It features the same core ensemble as the original: Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), and Wichita (Emma Stone).But just because it’s been a decade in real time since this foursome was last together chasing Twinkies and bashing undead skulls with banjos doesn’t mean ten years have passed in the series’ fictional apocalyptic world. Luckily, we got the opportunity to chat recently with Zombieland 2’s director, Ruben Fleischer, and writers, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, and we asked them how much time has passed since the original–and what that means for the characters.In the movie itself, it’s never explicitly stated how much time has passed since the events of the original. The most reliable marker we have for the passage of time in the series is Abigail Breslin’s character Little Rock, who’s grown from a young girl (Breslin was 13 years old in 2009) to a young woman who might be anywhere from 16 years old to her early twenties.But there are other markers of the passage of time besides Little Rock’s age. “We want to leave it a little vaguer in the movie,” Reese told GameSpot. “You get the sense that years have passed. You look at that White House [covered in plant growth], and definitely, years have passed.””And you look at Abby and you realize she’s no longer a 12 year old girl, she’s a grown, young lady,” Wernick added.But although they left it deliberately vague, both writers agree that it hasn’t been a full ten years in-universe. “[Five years] feels a little more right than a full 10,” Reese said, adding that a full ten years would have felt too long for these characters to be together. After ten years, it becomes even more implausible that Columbus and Wichita haven’t had any kids, for example.”That felt to us like, that’s time that passes that you kind of want to know, well, what happened to this family in those 10 years? What were they doing?” Wernick explained. “Five years, you feel like, OK, yeah.” One thing you have to keep in mind is that they started working on this script basically a decade…
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