Zombieland (2009) Poster



William Goldman did uncredited rewrites.
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Woody Harrelson was arrested for marijuana possession during filming, which delayed shooting for a day.
The "Zombie Kill of the Week" was leftover from the script's origin as a TV pilot. Every weekly episode would have a Zombie Kill of the Week performed by characters on the show.
The script, originally a television pilot, was heavily revised to become a feature film.
Abigail Breslin and Woody Harrelson's conversation in the Hummer scene about Hannah Montana was ad-libbed.
Patrick Swayze was offered a cameo role as a zombie before his cancer diagnosis. His scene would have parodied other Swayze movies like Ghost (1990) and Dirty Dancing (1987). Zombie cameo roles were also offered to Joe Pesci, Mark Hamill, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Matthew McConaughey.
The puppy that Woody Harrelson is seen playing with in a flashback belongs to Abigail Breslin.
Director Ruben Fleischer has said that he was inspired to make this by Shaun of the Dead (2004).
Contrary to popular belief, the supermarket scene was not filmed at an actual supermarket. A movie set was built from scratch to look like a real supermarket, and some of the merchandise is fake. For example, the stuff behind the glass refrigerator doors is just printed on paper. According to the producers, it was cheaper than buying out a supermarket and paying them for broken merchandise.
Shot in 42 days.
Originally titled "Another Day in Zombieland," but the studio feared people would think it would be a sequel.
It is revealed in the DVD commentary that Emma Stone was originally cast to play the role of "406."
The man that is eaten in the bathroom at the beginning of the film is the same person that Little Rock and Wichita did their ring scam on.
In Bill Murray's mansion, Woody Harrelson's character mentions that he is a big fan of all his movies. Harrelson starred in Kingpin (1996) with Murray.
It has been said that this movie was supposed to be based on the video game Left 4 Dead 2 (2009). Valve, the creators and developers of the game, denied the studio permission to mention the game and company in the opening and end credits.
The amusement park scenes were filmed at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, GA.
Tallahassee paints a "3" on his cars as a reference to Dale Earnhardt. Both cars that Tallahassee drove were based on the color schemes of Earnhardt's cars.
The third biggest opening weekend in Woody Harrelson's career, with 24.7 million dollars. The first is The Hunger Games (2012), with an opening of 152.5 million dollars, then 2012 (2009), with 65.2 million dollars; the fourth is Indecent Proposal (1993), with 18.3 million dollars.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist, a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
As of 2015, all four leads in this film have been nominated for Academy Awards for their performances in other films. In 2017, Emma Stone became the first to win an Oscar, for "La La Land".
A previous Woody Harrelson movie, Natural Born Killers (1994), contained a mention of the term "Zombieland," when talking about television audiences.
In the script, the only name that remained the same was Wichita. Columbus was originally Flagstaff, Tallahassee was originally Albuquerque, and Little Rock was originally Stillwater.
Jesse Eisenberg's character is afraid of clowns. In real life, Eisenberg's mother worked as a party clown.
Twinkies really are called "Submarinos" in Mexico.
Jamie Bell was originally cast as Columbus but dropped out. Taylor Lautner was considered to replace him but couldn't, due to other commitments.
At Bill Murray's house, Wichita says that Bill looks just like Edward Van Halen, whose song "Everybody Wants Some" plays after they discover the bag of guns, and in many trailers for the film.
During the Monopoly game, Jesse Eisenberg's character, Columbus, remarks that one of the best things about Zombieland is "No Facebook status updates." Eisenberg would go on to portray Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, in the film The Social Network (2010).
Whilst Tallahassee rages about the lack of Twinkies during the "Snowball" scene, he should have looked further behind the door of the truck. Hidden from his point of view, but just visible on the right hand side of frame, the truck does actually contain some Twinkies.
The movie was shipped to theaters under the code name "Point of Origin."
John Carpenter turned down a chance to direct.
Both Evan Rachel Wood and Megan Fox turned down the role of Wichita, while Amber Tamblyn auditioned.
In the highway accident wreckage, the pattern of burn marks and melted aluminum, on the side of the scorched big rig truck, resemble human skulls.
In the supermarket scene, both the banjo tune and the "pretty mouth" line are references to the movie Deliverance (1972).
Three of the four main characters are named after state capitals: Tallahassee (Florida), Columbus (Ohio), Little Rock (Arkansas). Wichita is named after the most populous city in Kansas.
According to writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Kirk Ward was originally considered for the role of Tallahassee, before Woody Harrelson was cast in the movie. Ward would then go on to play Tallahassee in the TV series pilot.
The deleted scenes section of the DVD reveal that the closeups of the scene, with the girls riding the drop tower, were filmed against a green screen. These deleted scenes also indicate the master was shot in 1.78:1 format and then possibly cropped (to around 2.35:1), as boom mikes are clearly visible.
Unadjusted for inflation, this is the second highest-grossing movie, in the U.S., that begins with the letter "z" after 2016's "Zootopia."
When Wichita, Little Rock, Columbus and Tallahassee stop in Hollywood to pick up a map, a marquee showing the 2009 film "2012," which also starred Woody Harrelson (Tallahassee), can be seen in the upper right corner.
When Columbus and Tallahassee are walking through a town after their Escalade is stolen, the tank in the background is in a British-made Chieftain main battle tank, painted in an American scheme.
The song, "Popular," sung by Kristin Chenoweth from the musical "Wicked," can be heard in the car scene.
Early in the movie when Columbus and Tallahassee first meet on the highway and are in their armed stare down the pocket watch tune from Sergio Leone's "For a Few Dollars More" can be heard playing faintly.
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In the scene where Wichita (Emma Stone) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) split a bottle of wine at Bill Murray's house, she claimed 1997 a great year, having seen her first R rated movie ; Anaconda, that year. Anaconda was actually rated PG-13.
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Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin both have brothers named Spencer.
Tallahassee (played by Woody Harrelson) says how much he loves Bill Murray. However, in the 1996 movie Kingpin, Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray were enemies.
Both Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone have played a character named Olive, Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and Stone in Easy A (2010).
Amber Heard's character, Columbus' girl neighbor in the beginning of the movie, is referred to only as "406." This happens to be the area code for Montana, keeping with the theme of places as names.
Towards the beginning, when Columbus is first seen walking on the deserted highway, he passes a minivan to his left that has a 99X sticker on its back window. 99X was an alternative radio station in Atlanta, GA that was hugely popular during the mid to late '90s.
Actress Emma Stone is the last of her main co-stars to be nominated for an Oscar, but the first among them to win. Woody Harrelson was first nominated in 1997 for his performance in The People vs. Larry Flynt, followed by Abigail Breslin in 2007 for her performance in Little Miss Sunshine, followed by Jesse Eisenberg in 2011 for his performance in The Social Network, and lastly followed by Emma Stone in 2015 for her performance in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Emma Stone then won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2017 for her performance in La La Land.
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The wine that Columbus and Wichita drink is a 1997 Beaulieu Vineyard BV Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet. The bottle price ranges from $125 - $150 USD.
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Rhett Reese: the co-writer of the film plays the man in the white tuxedo with an assault rifle in the opening credits.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

There is an additional scene after the credits: an outtake with Bill Murray and Tallahassee.
Although his character is on a constant hunt for Twinkies, Woody Harrelson is a vegan, and does not eat Twinkies (which contain eggs and beef fat). According to Harrelson, the filmmakers made special "faux Twinkies" out of cornmeal for the scene at the end.
The "poor fat bastard" killed in the film's opening shows up again as the zombie "with a pretty mouth" that Tallahassee kills with a banjo in the supermarket.
Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has 32 rules for surviving Zombieland, ten of which are identified in the motion picture. As the rules are punctuated, and in the order in which they appear in the movie, they are, "Rule #1. Cardio"; "Rule #2. Double tap"; "Rule #3. Beware of bathrooms"; "Rule #4. Seatbelts"; "Rule #7. Travel light"; "Rule #31. Check the back seat"; "Rule #18. Limber up"; "Rule #22. When in doubt, know your way out"; "Rule #32. Enjoy the little things"; and "Rule #17. Don't be a hero" (later corrected to "Be a hero"). An eleventh rule of surviving Zombieland is identified in a deleted scene. As punctuated in the deleted scene, the rule is "Rule #2. Ziploc bags". In voice-over, Columbus explains, "You've got enough problems. Moisture shouldn't be one of them."
Bill Murray's mansion in the movie is actually Lee Najjar's house in Buckhead, a wealthy section of Atlanta, GA. Mr. Najjar's red Ferrari F430 Spyder is in the garage.
Wichita is the only main character whose name is revealed: Krista, named for Emma Stone's mother.
Six other additional rules are mentioned in the Theatrical Promo Trailers in the DVD extras. Rule # 12: Bounty (as in Bounty paper towels "If there is one way to describe Zombieland it is moist"); Rule # 15: Bowling ball ("Nothing says massive head trauma like a bowling ball"); Rule # 29: The Buddy System ("It is so important that we take a cue from our zombie neighbors and we have each other's backs"); Rule # 6: Cast Iron Skillet ("Zombie takes one of these to the head, he ain't getting up"); Rule # 33: Swiss Army Knife ("The Swiss army use that knife for a reason"). Which brings the total rules number up to 33.
August 28th, 2016 on Kevin Smith's show "Geeking Out!" original screen writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick announced that they are writing Zombieland 2 with all principle characters returning, except for Bill Murray.
With the exception of Wichita (Krista), Tallahassee's son Buck, Cynthia Nickerbocker, Edward Van Halen, Bill Murray, Bob Marley, Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Rob Curtis, Scotty Lynch, Willie Nelson, Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) and Mohandas K. Gandhi, no other names are mentioned in the movie. This includes Columbus' neighbor, 406, and his made-up lover, Beverly Hills.
The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Emma Stone; and four Oscar nominees: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin and Bill Murray.
In Zombieland, Woody Harrelson is always on the look out for Twinkies and is extremely upset when he finds a truck full of Snowballs instead. In the show Cheers, specifically the episode titled 'Rat Girl,' Woody Harrelson's character states that he thinks Snowballs are better than Twinkies because they are 'bite-sized' and shoves a whole Snowball in his mouth.

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