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Ruben Fleischer has signed a new two-year overall deal with Universal Television for The District, his company with producing partner David Bernad. Fleischer launched The District at the onset of his first overall deal with Uni TV two years ago. Under the new pact, Fleischer and Bernad will continue as executive producers on NBC's comedy series Superstore, whose pilot Fleischer directed, and the Freeform pilot Issues, inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief… »
ABC has released trailers for some of its new comedies and dramas as part of the 2016-17 series orders. Have a look below. American Housewife — Comedy Produced by Kapital Entertainment/ABC Studios. From writer/executive producer Sarah Dunn and executive producers Aaron Kaplan, Rick Weiner, Kenny Schwartz, and Ruben Fleischer Downward Dog — Comedy Produced by Legendary TV/ABC Studios. From writers/executive producers Samm Hodges and Michael Killen and executive producers… »
The live action/CGI hybrid “Imaginary Mary” centers around Alice (Jenna Elfman, “Dharma & Greg”) a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life — a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.
- Laura Prudom
Ruben Fleischer (NBC’s Superstore) is set to direct and executive produce the opening two episodes of Santa Clarita Diet, Netflix's upcoming single-camera comedy series starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. The show, from creator Victor Fresco, Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment and Tracy Katsky's Kapital-based KatCo, is set for 2017 debut. In Santa Clarita Diet, Joel (Olyphant) and Sheila (Barrymore) are husband and wife Realtors leading vaguely discontented… »
During CinemaCon, Sony releasing the logo for Zombieland 2, finally confirming that the long-rumoured sequel to the 2009 hit comedy is moving ahead. And now, it seems it may be closer than we think…
According to Bloody Disgusting, several casting agencies are reporting that filming is slated to get underway in Atlanta this August. However, at this point there’s been no confirmation as to whether director Ruben Fleischer or stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin will return – although back in February Eisenberg said that the sequel “would be wonderful to do”.
Zombieland was a surprise hit upon its release, grossing over $100 million around the world. Talk of a sequel emerged almost immediately, while Amazon Studios also ordered a pilot for a TV spinoff, although it failed to get a series pickup.
- Gary Collinson
According to a website that we respect, the quite awesome Bloody Disgusting, Zombieland 2 could begin shooting as early as this summer.
Here’s a recap of the original movie’s ploy.
After a virus turns most people into zombies, the world’s surviving humans remain locked in an ongoing battle against the hungry undead. Four survivors — Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and his cohorts Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) — abide by a list of survival rules and zombie-killing strategies as they make their way toward a rumored safe haven in Los Angeles.
- Paul Heath
It might just be that the long-mooted sequel to Zombieland is finally going ahead. There’s been talk for many years about a follow-up to the 2009 surprise hit, of course. At one stage, a pilot for an Amazon spin-off show was put together, but that didn’t go any further. However, a full-on sequel looks back on the cards.
Ruben Fleischer is expected to return to direct Zombieland 2, although the last we heard, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick – currently hot off the back of their huge Deadpool success – hadn’t penned the latest draft. Dave Callaham was working on it.
Bloody Disgusting has picked up the news that an assortment of casting sites are recruiting for a shoot that’s said to kick off in Atlanta this coming August.
There has been little to no movement on the long-awaited Zombieland 2 over the past seven years, but fans have been clamoring for a follow-up ever since the original Zombieland became a box office hit in 2009. Earlier this month, Sony Pictures displayed the sequel's logo during their CinemaCon presentation, hinting that the sequel is still happening. Now we have word that filming may actually begin soon. While this hasn't been confirmed by Sony quite yet, a new report claims that Zombieland 2 is gearing up to start shooting in Atlanta this August.
The report from On Location Vacations only claims that filming may begin in mid-August in Atlanta, which is where the original Zombieland was largely shot, except for a few scenes in Los Angeles. While no cast members have been confirmed, it is believed that the four primary stars, Jesse Eisenberg (Columbus), Woody Harrelson (Tallahassee), Emma Stone (Wichita) and »
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Zombieland 2 may begin filming in Atlanta this August. A sequel to the hit 2009 film has been rumored for years, but is only now coming together.
What do you think? Would you like to see a Zombieland sequel? Has the sheen faded from this diamond in the horror/comedy genre? I hadn't seen it in while and caught it on TV the other day. It still holds up, but I don't know that I need a continuation of the story.
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- Philip Sticco
Do you have issues? Freeform does.It just ordered the Issues TV series pilot, inspired by the life of Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief, Joanna Coles.
Issues was created by Parenthood's Sarah Watson. Coles will executive produce with Superstore's David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer. Holly Whidden is set as co-executive producer. Issues is a Universal Television and The District production.
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Freeform has ordered a pilot for “Issues,” a scripted series inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, the editor of “Cosmopolitan” magazine, Variety has learned exclusively.
The project had previously been in development with NBC, and hails from Universal Television.
“Issues” gives a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine. Their struggles are about finding your identity, managing friendships and getting your heart broken, all while wearing the perfect jeans to flatter any body type. The potential series is not specifically a “Cosmopolitan” show, but rather inspired by Coles’ experiences.
Sarah Watson (“Parenthood”) created “Issues” and will exec produce with Coles, David Bernad (“Superstore”) and Ruben Fleischer (“Superstore,” “Zombieland”). Holly Whidden is a co-executive producer. Universal TV will produce with The District.
Aside from being on NBC’s development slate — but never getting picked up to pilot — “Issues” is not the »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The Drew Carey Show alum Diedrich Bader is returning to ABC as the male lead opposite Katy Mixon in the network's single-camera comedy pilot The Second Fattest Housewife In Westport, from Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. Written by Sarah Dunn and directed by Ruben Fleischer, The Second Fattest Housewife In Westport is narrated by Katie (Mixon), a (slightly) larger, strong-willed mother raising her flawed family of three in a wealthy town filled with "perfect" wives… »
Here’s a fairly unpopular opinion: I quite like reboots and remakes. Just as theatre directors have put their own stamp on the works of William Shakespeare, reboots and remakes allow directors to put their own spin on existing material and come at it from a new perspective. Two of my favourite films of all-time are remakes in John Carpenter’s The Thing and David Cronenberg’s The Fly. I absolutely loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes and felt it was not only light-years ahead of Tim Burton’s remake, but that it was the best Apes movie since Escape From the Planet of the Apes (though I do have a soft spot for Conquest of the Planet of the Apes). Reboots and remakes can be a good thing if you have a creative director who feels that they have a unique take, »
- Luke Owen
Need a good laugh, but only got an hour and a half? Might we recommend this little lot...
I’m of the firm belief that films work most effectively when their runtime is 90 minutes or less. It forces an economy of story and dialogue which propels the film into its best self. No bloated middle, extended ending, or wasted stories here. This goes double for comedies. They should never outstay their welcome. But they seem to be getting longer, as we recently pointed out here.
So to refresh your movie comedy palette, here are 25 films that are 90 minutes or under. I’ve tried to avoid the more obvious ones, and shine a light on those comedies which might have gone a bit unappreciated over the years, but are well worth a hour and a half of your time. This lean runtime isn’t a guarantee of greatness of course, »
Talk of a sequel to that film was stirring for a few years after its release, but has since quietly died down as both director Ruben Fleischer and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick went on to other projects - the latter pair recently penning the "Deadpool" film.
Now, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Eisenberg says that he'd be up to do a sequel but isn't sure when it might happen:
"Yeah, it'd be wonderful to do. I know they've been trying to do it for a while, and I know they're trying to figure out exactly what will occur in it. But it's a kind of movie that, as soon as it came out, seemed appropriate to generate a sequel. It takes place in this odd, »
- Garth Franklin
Back in 2009, when Zombieland hit theaters, it served as a breakout hit for not only rising star Jesse Eisenberg, but also for director Ruben Fleischer and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The movie earned over $102 million worldwide, from a $23 million budget, and there was talk of Zombieland 2 shortly thereafter. During a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jesse Eisenberg teases that he'd love to do the sequel, although it isn't known when it may move forward.
"Yeah, it'd be wonderful to do. I know they've been trying to do it for a while, and I know they're trying to figure out exactly what will occur in it. But it's a kind of movie that, as soon as it came out, seemed appropriate to generate a sequel. It takes place in this odd, created world and features an ensemble of interesting characters that it'd be curious to see more of. »
A few days ago it was reported that Zombieland 2 is still in development at Sony, although it would likely only go into production if director Ruben Fleischer and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick feel like they’ve got it “exactly right”. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly to promote the release of his new films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Louder Than Bombs, Zombieland star Jesse Eisenberg has discussed about the potential sequel, echoing the very same sentiment.
“It’d be wonderful to do. I know they’ve been trying to do it for a while, and I know they’re trying to figure out exactly what will occur in it. But it’s a kind of movie that, as soon as it came out, seemed appropriate to generate a sequel. … It takes place in this odd, created world and features an ensemble of interesting characters that it »
- Gary Collinson
There are a couple of reasons Zombieland 2 hasn’t happened yet, with the first being that its original director Ruben Fleischer wanted to tackle different projects (and he did with 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad), and his feeling that they hadn’t written a script worthy of excitement.
The movie had seemingly fallen completely into developmental hell, but recently the original writers (one of which is Deadpool‘s Rhett Reese) were asked by Slashfilm about the much desired sequel with Reese saying “It’s actually still in development at Sony, they’ve had a couple of writers take a crack at it, we’re still exec producers and we’re guiding and helping where we can and I think there’s still very much talk about it, but I think it has to be right. I think all the actors and [original Zombieland director] Ruben [Fleischer], all feel like there’s no »
- Robert Kojder
2009’s Zombieland remains a short, sharp blast of fun. The movie – which features a cameo we don’t want to spoil, but that brings the house down – was a solid hit off a low budget. As such, plans were afoot for a sequel.
These seemed to have been derailed when Amazon put together a pilot episode for a TV spin-off, that failed to win over audiences. As such, a series wasn’t ordered, and it seemed that Zombieland’s days were over.
He told The Q And A Podcast that “it’s actually still in development over at Sony, they’ve »
Director Ruben Fleischer’s 2009 horror comedy, Zombieland, brilliantly blended genres and ended up becoming an unexpected hit both critically and commercially, so a sequel seemed like a no-brainer (no pun intended) at the time.
Even so, it wasn’t until over five years later that a follow-up movie was reported as being fast-tracked at Sony, with Dave Callaham on board as writer and Fleischer back in the director’s chair. And then…. everything went quiet.
Recently, however, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (who wrote the first film) were doing the press rounds for Deadpool when The Playlist took the opportunity to quiz them about the sequel, and according to them, it is still in the works:
It’s actually still in development at Sony, they’ve had a couple writers take a crack at it, we’re still exec producers and we’re guiding and helping where we can and »
- Mark Cassidy
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