Variety reports that a Zombieland sequel and third “Jackass” movie are being brought to the screen in 3-D by Sony and Paramount, respectively.
“Everyone had fun watching (the first) ‘Zombieland’; making it a more visceral experience can only make it better,” said the film’s producer Gavin Polone. “I don’t think you want to see ‘Ordinary People’ in 3-D. But ‘Zombieland’ is clearly one movie that will benefit from (the technique).”
Sony has closed deals with Polone and helmer Ruben Fleischer to return for a sequel to the original, which cost $24 million and has earned $85.2 million worldwide to date. The studio is currently in talks with stars Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg to reprise their roles as a pair of post-apocalyptic survivors. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are working on the sequel’s screenplay.
Paramount and MTV Films are even further along with Jackass 3, with filming scheduled to begin January 25. The studio has carved out a spot on its 2010 slate for the latest “Jackass,” which will star Johnny Knoxville. The first two films, which together cost $16.5 million, earned a combined $164.1 million worldwide.
The movie will shoot in Knob Lick, Kentucky, Mianus, Connecticut, Fukang, China, Buttzville, New Jersey and Gayville, South Dakota.