Zombieland’s Fleischer: Undead, Rock ‘n Roll and Sequels

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What’s in store for the DVD?

Zombieland‘s beginnings were interesting in that it began as a television pilot penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (read more about that in our set report). Director Ruben Fleischer tells ShockTillYouDrop.com says that posed a slight challenge.

“The issue of transforming it from a television pilot to a feature was that the pilot ended with this natural ellipsis that led to the next episode,” he says. “It didn’t end with a cliffhanger, it just wasn’t resolved. What I brought to it was this third act amusement park sequence where they battle hundreds of zombies.”

“They” meaning the film’s stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin – survivors of a zombie uprising in what Fleischer describes is a road trip story akin to Midnight Run, The Wizard of Oz or National Lampoon’s Vacation. “It still ends with, hopefully, people wanting more and if they do, we’d be psyched to make more. The characters are lovable and it’s such an amazing landscape for a story. There are pockets of survivors throughout this apocalypse.”

Scoring their trip is David Sardy and Zombieland is his second feature as a composer after 21. “He’s won multiple Grammy’s for Oasis, Wolfmother, and Slayer. He’s rock ‘n roll. And he’s put together a killer score for the movie. I don’t know any movie that sounds like our movie does. It’s an original horror score with rock instrumentation.”

As Fleischer puts the finishes touches on his undead opus, which opens on October 2, he notes that the forthcoming DVD will be jam-packed. “We cut some babies,” he laughs, “there is stuff in there I love that didn’t make it into the film. All of that stuff, I hope, will find its way in there.”

Source: Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor