From left: Zombieland cast Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and Woody Harrelson
Glen Wilson—Columbia Pictures
By Eliana Dockterman
October 1, 2014

Zombieland has returned from the dead: The 2009 action-comedy is getting a sequel, Deadline reports. Sony Pictures has hired Dave Callahan (The Expendables) to pen the script, and Ruben Fleischer will return as director.

No word yet on whether the actors from the original cult hit will return, but their paychecks will almost certainly increase if they do: Since 2009, Jesse Eisenberg has starred as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, Emma Stone has taken off in the Amazing Spider-Man films, Abigail Breslin has played opposite Meryl Streep in August: Osage County and Woody Harrelson has earned critical acclaim for his role in HBO’s True Detective. But it would be a coup if Sony could coax back the entire cast plus Bill Murray, who graced the original movie with a cameo.

One reason the now all-star cast might return is that in the five years since Zombieland hit theaters, zombies have only gotten more popular: The Walking Dead is the most-watched show in cable history, World War Z grossed over $540 million worldwide, and even indie films like Warm Bodies and Life After Beth are playing with the trope.

[Deadline]

Write to Eliana Dockterman at eliana.dockterman@time.com.

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