Horror in Cycles: The Franchise of Sequels

Recycled Horror - The Sequels from More Horror

by Mike Pickle for MoreHorror.com

No genre both benefits and suffers from sequels more than Horror. There are more sequels in Horror than all other genres combined. As a matter of fact; many classic horror films end with a set up for a sequel; Jason Voorhees rising out of the waters of Camp Crystal Lake at the end of Friday the 13th; Freddy Krueger pulling Nancy's mother through a small window at the end of A Nightmare on Elm Street; Michael Myers' body disappearing off the lawn at the end of Halloween. These are all iconic scenes that led to multiple sequels and worldwide success. One of the main selling points of a horror film is its potential to expand the story or main character into other films. These films engage the movie watching public so much that they become a lucrative franchise.

Many factors contribute to the success of horror sequels. The main factor is the villain. Fans love to see the same killer exact his own particular style of murder and torment on his victims. Other franchises rely on the premise itself to carry viewer interest over into a new or expanded storyline to a beloved film. Some franchises that are perhaps either not as bankable to theater audiences or lose clout with a bad sequel can still find a home in the video stores for only the most devoted fans. If the studio makes one wrong move it could cut a potential series of films short until, of course, enough time has passed to reboot the franchise. Some rare sequels actually surpass the original, but most fall into a pattern of declining quality and success.

You can't discuss Horror sequels without mentioning the mother of all Horror franchises, SAW. This year, Saw was crowned the most successful horror franchise in U.S. History. The films grossed a total of $415.9 in the U.S. and a whopping $848 million worldwide. The average domestic box office for each film was $59.4 million (the most successful being part 2 which made $87 million). Saw and many of the most lucrative series of films are studio driven franchise’s, which is why it suffered in quality with each film but still made tons of money. The success of this particular series is villain, premise and release strategy in no particular order.

The original Saw was released in 2004 and made such am impact that it started a tradition of releasing a Saw sequel every Halloween weekend from 2004 to 2010. Four different directors and seven different writers contributed to the seven films which, despite the decline in quality and box office, still managed to hold on to enough success to pull away from the rest of the pack. Part 2 through 5 were all more successful than the first, but their success still tapered after part 2 with part 6 taking a steep $29 million dive below the box office of the previous film. The series made a sort of a comeback this year. Partly because of it being 3D and partly because it was marketed as the last in the series.

The second most successful series of horror films is not so much a franchise than a repeated attempt to match the success of the first. That series began with the 1975 Stephen Spielberg directed killer shark juggernaut Jaws. There are only four films in this series, but it raked in a total of $404 million at the box office. Mostly because of the incredible success of the original which made $260 million. A colossal achievement for a film released in 1975. The audience caught on fairly quickly and each sequel took a huge dive compared to the last. Jaws 2 in 1978 was watchable, but Jaws 3-D might have been the worst sequel ever made had it not been for the even worse Jaws IV: The Revenge in 1987.

Another monster movie franchise that follows close behind Jaws in success is the Alien franchise with a combined domestic box office total of $389 million. Although, this is much more interesting for a number of reasons. In this series; the monster shares the bill with an infinitely strong female lead, Sigourney Weaver. An additional strategy of interest is the choice of directors throughout the series. James Cameron, who had just directed Terminator two years before was brought on to replace Ridley Scott in the second and arguably superior installment Aliens seven years after the original. Taking advantage of evolving technology and buoyed by the success of the original; Cameron made a film with wider appeal, more action, more firepower and more Aliens. Another interesting director choice followed in 1992 with David Fincher directing Alien 3. It didn't have the same impact of the first two, but had the quality and integrity to be a worthy continuation of the franchise. Fincher went on to direct such classic films as Seven, Fight Club and this year's critical and commercial success, The Social Network. The series took an even darker and stranger, but no less interesting turn with the choice of director Jean-Pierre Jeunet for 1997's Alien 4: Resurrection. The director of such strange masterpieces as Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children and writer Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame revived Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley 200 years after her death as a powerful Alien / human hybrid and gave her a second female lead, Winona Ryder. Where do you go after a rich history of films like that? A crossover of course. The Alien and Predator franchises collided in Alien vs Predator in 2004 and AVP 2 in 2007. While they did not achieve the quality of the rest of the series they were fun, action packed and crowd pleasing. Depending on the cult following of the books; this may turn into a somewhat lucrative franchise as well.

The next most popular franchise, coincidentally, ended with a crossover as well and was revived with a sorry remake in 2009. Friday the 13th is the most successful series of slasher films of all time with nine sequels, a crossover and a remake grossing a total of $380.6 million at the box office. The crossover Freddy vs. Jason in 2001 was the most successful of the series making over $82 million. This franchise has had an impressive and consistent run since the surprisingly inferior original in 1980. This is an interesting example of a series getting better and better before taking a turn and getting worse and worse. The sequels were released as follows: Part 2 in 1981, Part 3 in 3D in 1982, 4: The Final Chapter in 1984 (arguably the best of the series), 5: A New Beginning in 1985, 6: Jason Lives in 1986, 7: The New Blood 1988, 8: Jason Takes Manhattan in 1989, 9: Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday in 1993, 10: Jason X (just kidding THIS is the final Friday and arguably the worst, but boasted one of the highest body counts) in 2001, part 11 counted as Freddy vs. Jason in 2003 and the remake in 2009.

The other half of the Friday the 13th crossover is the next most popular franchise and has had a pretty impressive run itself. Mostly because of the legendary Freddy Krueger played by the king of all horror icons Robert Englund. The Nightmare on Elm Street films have enjoyed a combined box office gross of $370 million. The gloved one is so popular, in fact, that New Line has attributed the growth of their company to the success of the Nightmare franchise. Director and writer of the 1984 original, Wes Craven, never wanted the film to be an ongoing franchise and wanted an ending that revealed the entire film to be a dream. The head of New Line demanded more of a twist at the end. Both endings were filmed and the open-ended twist ending made it in the final cut and spawned a huge franchise. A year after the original; Part 2: Freddy's Revenge took a serious and less popular turn as Freddy put all his effort into possessing a young man in an attempt to cross over from dreams into the real world. Wes Craven returned in 1987 to write the highly entertaining Part 3: Dream Warriors which starred the talented Patricia Arquette and took full advantage of the comedic aspects of Freddy while still keeping the gore level high, Part 4: The Dream Master in 1988 and Part 5: Dream Child in 1989 marked a decline in quality that culminated in the worst of the series, Part 6: Freddy's Dead The Final NIghtmare, Part 7: Wes Craven's New Nightmare in 1994 was the least successful of the franchise with only $18 million despite it being the best installment since Dream Warriors and boasted the return of Wes Craven to the franchise. Counting as Part 8 is the crossover Freddy vs. Jason followed by the Remake in 2010.

Next in the line of the most successful franchises began with another higher quality slasher classic Halloween in 1978 and culminated with a combined $308 million take at the box office. The much hyped Rob Zombie remake of 2007 is sadly the most successful of the series making $58 million. John Carpenter stayed on to direct Halloween II in 1981 creating one of the greatest sequels in history. Much like the Alien franchise; his main tools were a menacing and silent villain and a strong female lead with Jamie Lee Curtis. The first two films can be easily enjoyed back to back as one long slasher masterpiece. Suddenly this franchise took one of the most bewildering turns in movie franchise history with Halloween III: Season of the Witch in 1982. A decent and memorable horror film on its own, but had nothing to do with Michael Myers or what made the first two great. Part 4 and 5 released in 1988 and 1989 marked the return of Michael Myers and the birth of a scream queen and Michael's new victim; 12 year old Danielle Harris. The rest of the series was pretty inconsistent with Part 6: The Curse in 1995, a return to quality with Part 7: H2O in 1998, before descending into crap with Part 8: Resurrection in 2002, Remakes for the first two films came in 2007 & 2009 with a third in the works minus Rob Zombie.

After the massive Nightmare on Elm Street phenomenon; Wes Craven made a comeback in 1996 with a franchise that he stuck with to ensure quality sequels. The Scream franchise made an impressive $293 million in only three films. Scream and Scream 2, released in 1996 and 1997, both made over $100 million while Scream 3 in 2000 was less successful, but still pulled in a respectable $89 million. Time will tell if their strategy of waiting 10 years to release the 4th installment works with Scream 4 which, if as successful as predicted, should be a force to reckon with in the world of horror sequels.. With the added appeal of the same director and stars it could be a recipe for success.

The Exorcist is the next most popular franchise and, similar to the Jaws franchise, struggled through the entire series trying to top the quality and success of the first. It's a great story that deserves sequels, but William Friedkin's original was such a magnum opus of supernatural horror that every sequel that followed it suffered in comparison. The series made $291.9 million at the box office with the original making most of the money with $193 million in 1973. The Exorcist 2: The Heretic in 1977 was disappointing and caused a 13 year wait for The Exorcist III which was directed by the author of the novel, William Peter Blatty. Something strange happened when a prequel was planned in 2004. Renny Harlin directed Exorcist: The Beginning, but after studio execs seen the finished product and realized it was more cerebral than scary, they searched for another director to tell the same story with the same lead actor, same sets and same budget in 2005's Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist. What they got was, of course, almost the same damn thing. Dominion may be only slightly better, but for the most part, identical.

One wildly successful franchise that breaks the mold is Final Destination. Taking in almost $221 million at the box office; this series of films has no recurring characters and mostly up and coming and unknown talent. The main character here is the unseen menace of death itself. The premise of cheating death only to have it track you down in a series of random occurrences is such a strong premise that every film has the same one with a different accident as a jumping off point. The 2000 original featured a plane crash. Part 2 in 2003 was a freeway accident, Part 3 in 2006 was a roller coaster crash, Part 4, The Final Destination in 2009 gave a nice jolt to the franchise filmed in the inevitable 3D. Final Destination 5 due to release in 2011, features a suspension bridge collapse.

Following Final Destination in the cream of the crop is the Amityville Horror franchise. Yet another series that chased the quality and success of the original 1979 classic. The franchise made $170 million, but most of that is due to the success of the original at $86 million and the Michael Bay produced remake in 2005 at $65 million. Except for Amityville Horror II: The Possession in 1982; the rest were just cheap knock-offs (including the remake). The remainder of the forgettable sequels were Amityville 3D in 1983, Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes in 1989, The Amityville Curse (part 5) in 1990, Amityville 1992: It's About Time (part 6), Amityville: A New Generation (part 7) in 1993, and finally Amityville: Dollhouse (part 8) in 1996,

The next most successful franchise, in my opinion, gets a bad rap. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre films have made a combined $164.8 million and received a big boost by an excellently brutal 2003 remake and a decent prequel to the remake in 2006. The first sequel in 1986, I believe, is one of the finest sequels on the list. It kept the brutality, but was able to show more than the original. It also benefited from an added comic element held together by a roaring comeback from the late, great Dennis Hopper. Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III released in 1990, was decidedly more gory and over the top, but suffered from conflicts between the director and studio. Still a decent entry and much better than part 4: The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre with Renee Zellweger in 1994.

Another popular and underrated franchise is the Poltergeist trilogy which took in $131.7 million at the box office. Neither Poltergeist II: The Other Side nor Poltergeist III achieved the greatness of the original, but they were both really good films in their own right. Each installment made half the money as the one before it. Much like the first three films in the tiny slasher franchise: Child's Play which ended up making over $126 million. The difference is that Child's Play came back from a struggling trilogy with two fresh sequels: Bride of Chucky in 1998 and Seed of Chucky in 2004 which solidified Chucky as one of the most popular characters in Horror. Pinhead is another character who, like Chucky, is permanently etched in the minds of hardcore and casual horror fans alike. That being said; it's hard to believe that the first four Hellraiser films grossed only $48 million despite the exceptional Hellraiser I, II, and III followed up by the equally engrossing Hellraiser: Bloodline in 1996. The low box office numbers drove the franchise and Pinhead himself, Doug Bradley straight-to-video beginning at the 5th film, Hellraiser: Inferno in 2000. The rest of the straight-to-video releases are fairly consistent with Hellraiser 6: Hellseeker in 2002, Hellraiser 7: Deader and Hellraiser 8: Hellworld both in 2005. Hellraiser 9: Revelation is supposed to be released soon. Directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury of the French film Inside were originally set to write and Direct a remake. Clive Barker approved the script, but Dimension rejected it. French filmmaker Pascal Laugier took over as Director and it became a reboot and not a remake. He spoke enthusiastically about the project, but later left the production for unknown reasons. Finally, Victor Garcia, Director of Mirrors 2, signed on to direct and it's due to be released on video in 2011. Meanwhile; a Hellraiser remake titled Clive Barker Presents: Hellraiser is still said to be in development with Patrick Lussier of the My Bloody Valentine remake directing, but as of November 2010, production was stalled.

Leprechaun is a lesser known, but still popular fixture in the horror genre which has survived on video. With six films; it's a series that defies logic. Even though the first (and half way decent) film failed at the box office with only $8 million in 1993 they still felt the need to make an inferior sequel in 1994 which failed even worse with $2 million. What do you do when both the original and sequel fail miserably at the box office? Why, just take the series to the straight to video realm in a slightly better film where Leprechaun goes to Vegas. By now it had built enough of a cult fan base to warrant another sequel with 1997's Leprechaun 4: In Space. Space being the favorite spot for struggling franchises to call home. You would think there was no place left for our little Leprechaun to go after that. Wrong. He had not been to the inner city until the 5th film took him to the hood in Leprechaun in tha Hood in 2000. He liked it so much that he came back in the 6th and hopefully last film of the series Leprechaun: Back to tha Hood.

Another franchise that struggles to stay alive on video is the From Dusk Til Dawn sequels. The 1996 original, written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez, was such an excellent film and so original that there was no way the studio would try to duplicate it with a mainstream release. They made two back to back straight-to-video sequels in 1999. Part 2: Texas Blood Money failed at a very similar storyline to the first. Part 3: The Hangman's Daughter goes back 100 years as a Western to show us the origin of vampire princess Santanico Pandemonium played by Salma Hayek in the original. This installment was surprisingly better than the first sequel, but still paled in comparison to the original vampire classic. A much higher quality set of sequels that went straight-to-video are the Re-Animator sequels. The 1985 classic gory horror comedy by Stuart Gordon made some small waves at the box office for such a low budget feature, but not enough to keep the series out of the video realm. Brian Yuzna directed the two sequels; Bride of Re-Animator in 1990 and Beyond Re-Animator in 2003 which were pretty good, but still not as good as the original. The Phantasm franchise, on the other hand, stayed pretty consistent, even rising above the 1979 original at times. This is owed, mostly, to the fact that Don Coscarelli wrote and directed all four and The Tall Man was always played by Angus Scrimm.  Only the first two were released in theaters nine years apart in 1979 and 1988.. Both had minimal success at the box office so the series went straight to video with Phantasm III in 1994 and Phantasm IV: Oblivion in 1998. A series of films that have found a cult following for the same reason are the Feast films which are all directed by John Gulager who got his big break from Project Greenlight. The HBO reality series gave first time filmmakers a chance to make their first feature film. Galager went on to land the directing gig for the upcoming sequel to this year's Piranha remake called Piranha 3DD.

I can't talk about successful or quality franchises without mentioning George Romero's ...of the Dead films. Not exactly sequels, but they shared both a Zombie theme and biting social commentary. Some of them also branched out into very good sequels of their own. The original Night of the Living Dead in 1968 spawned an excellent sequel in 1985 with The Return of the Living Dead and an equally great remake in 1990 directed by the great Tom Savini. The 1985 sequel was followed by two pretty good sequels of its own in 1988 and 1993 and finally died with two back to back terrible sequels in 2005 with Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis and Rave to the Grave. Romero, meanwhile, built a series of films that defined the Zombie sub-genre beginning with a classic in its own right; Dawn of the Dead in 1978. That was followed by another great achievement with Day of the Dead in 1985. Romero would wait 20 years before beginning his next trilogy of entries. Land of the Dead 2005, Diary of the Dead 2007, and Survival of the Dead in 2009. He went into an interesting direction with these three modern twists on the series. In Land of the Dead he had a $15 million budget with stars like Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo. In Diary of the Dead he stripped down to the bare bones with a mere $2 million budget and showed he could do zombies just as well with this meld with another sub-genre: The "found footage" concept that has become popular in recent years. The latest entry in 2009 kept the same Indie spirit with a slightly bigger budget of $4 million for the under-appreciated and ambitious Survival of the Dead.

Many films make a huge impact with just one sequel, but some just fall flat because of bad choices or bad marketing. One example of the latter is The Blair Witch Project which was a huge $140 million achievement for a truly independent, no-budget film in 1999, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 made only $26 million and was a commercial and critical failure. I'm one of those 12% of people who watched that film and actually kind of liked it. Directors of the original Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick are supposed to be working on The Blair Witch Project 3 for a possible 2011 release. They had thought about making it a prequel, but decided instead to show what happened after the first film. They say it will have some kind of video element to it, but it will not be a first person hand-held movie. A similar film found success with a sequel because they improved on the elements that people loved in the original. That film is Paranormal Activity. The original made $108 million while this year's Paranormal Activity 2 earned a respectable $84 million. The 3rd film in this franchise is being released in 2011. It's being directed by Tod Williams of part 2 with the same writers Chris Landon and Michael Perry so this could be one of those rare franchises that turns out three strong films in a row. One film that's not so lucky as to get a decent sequel is the fun teen scream slasher flick l Know What You Did Last Summer. The original made $72 million while the horrible I Still Know What You Did Last Summer earned deservedly less at $40 million. How dare they release I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer straight to video in 2006. Lost Boys suffered the same fate with Lost Boys: The Tribe which was too soon after the original even though it wasn't released on video until 2008. The third installment and 2nd of the straight to video sequels was released in October called Lost Boys: The Thirst. The trailer looks better and some are saying it's pretty good so it looks promising that this franchise has a small chance of redeeming itself.

Some horror sequels don't quite mirror the success or quality of the original, but I can think of some that made a damn good effort. The first I will mention is Pet Semetary II in 1992. It was quite a bit sillier and starred Edward Furlong, but it didn't disgrace the original. Neither did The Descent: part 2 even though it made the mistake of sabotaging the narrative by inserting a cheap one-liner. Hostel: Part II in 2007 was a respectable effort by original director Eli Roth and suffered an unfair comparison to the Saw films. Though, in my opinion, both these films are of higher quality than any of the Saw series which, all but the last two, made more money at the box office than Hostel. Hostel II was a flop making only $17 million despite being almost as good as the first. Next is the kind of silly scary The Ring 2 in 2005. Though not reaching the success of the first; this sequel raked in a respectable $76 million. It was kind of fun and took a turn toward more of a wild ride of a horror film than the first. Finally, 30 Days of Night was followed up this year by the straight to video sequel 30 Days of Night: Dark Days which picks up where the last one left off and looks like it might be decent.

Finally I get to the rarest of the rare. Sequels that surpassed the original. These films are still young so there's still hope for a franchise. First there is 28 Days/Weeks Later. 28 Days Later was directed by Danny Boyle while 28 Weeks Later was amazingly directed by newcomer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. It's a sequel that was just as good as the amazing original even though it didn't do as well at the box office. Danny Boyle has expressed interest in returning to direct the 3rd film 28 Months Later having enjoyed Fresnadillo's 2nd installment. Though Rob Zombie didn't achieve a great reboot of the Halloween franchise; he can make original films just fine on his own. House of 1,000 Corpses and Devil's Rejects House of 1,000 Corpses in 2003 and Devil's Rejects in 2005. House showed promise, but was a little too hokey for its heavy subject matter. This was remedied by the far superior and much more serious Devil's Rejects. A perfect example of how to make a sequel. Another perfect example is Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed which was as good or better than the original and introduced a new and fascinating character, Ghost. That was followed instantly by Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning set in the 19th century which was not bad at all. Finally the most recent sequel I watched. Hatchet II, now on demand and on DVD in February surpassed the original with more killing, more gore and more fun.

Last but not least is a trilogy that stands alone. My personal favorite franchise. The Evil Dead franchise made only $19.8 at the box office. The Evil Dead 1981, The Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn 1987, and Army of Darkness in 1992 need no description and are all classics, Evil Dead 4 is rumored to be on the way in 2011.

Below is a list of Upcoming Horror Sequels

28 Months Later Hopefully 2013 with Danny Boyle as director. (see article)
Blair Witch 3 Hopefully 2011 with original directors. (see article)
Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 continues the story of Chromeskull from the 2009 indie horror hit Laid to Rest. Robert Hall returns to direct and it's due for an October 31st 2011 release.
Cloverfield sequel (untitled) Matt Reeves, director of the original, says "there are constant talks about" pursuing a sequel possibly in 2012.
The Collector 2: The Collection Written and directed by the original director Marcus Dunstan who also wrote Saw 4 through 7 and the upcoming Piranha sequel with writing partner Patrick Melton
Evil Dead 4 A script is said to be in the works by the original director Sam Raimi and is supposed to star Bruce Campbell. As of now it's still in the wait and see stages.
Final Destination 5 Due to be released in theaters August 26, 2011. (see article)
Friday the 13th 2 There is a slight possibility of this still happening and was supposed to be a sequel to the remake rather than using the first series as reference. The last word from Producer Brad Fuller to Bloody Disgusting was that "Right now it's not happening" but indicated that the door will always be open for it.
Halloween 3 This sequel to Rob Zombie's Halloween remakes is directed by Patrick Lussier and also slated for a Halloween 2011 release. Scream queen Scout Taylor-Compton will return as Laurie Strode.
Hostel 3 Directed by Scott Spiegel, who was the executive producer of the first two. Post production should be completed soon and should release on video sometime in early 2011.
Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence Writer / Director Tom Six returns for the second installment hinted toward in the title of the first. It's sure to be quality with this talented director, but do we really need a second one?
Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer 2 According to the Official Jack Brooks Monster Slayer Myspace: the sequel is in the works stating that the script is well under way and has a whole lot more action and monster slaying
Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral with the same writer / director as the first two, Victor Silva. Part 3 is in production and due to be released in 2011.
Leatherface 3D Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures were said to be looking for another film to fill the spot of Saw after its last sequel. Adam Marcus and Debra Sullivan who wrote Jason Goes to Hell are writing the script. It's not likely to be released before 2013.
Lost Boys 3: The Thirst released straight to video on October 2010. Directed by Dario Piana of The Deaths of Ian Stone it's sure to be better than the sorry sequel The Tribe in 2008. The trailer looks promising.
Nightmare on Elm Street 2 in pre-production and due to release in 2012.
Paranormal Activity 3 Releasing October 21st 2011 (see article)
Piranha 3DD August 2011 (see article)
Quarantine 2 First time director and writer of the "The Skulls" Trilogy is directing this sequel to the remake of REC. This sequel picks up the action later that night at LAX. In Post-production as of July 2010.
The Ring 3 In Pre-production with a reported $33,000,000 million budget. Supposed to release some time in 2012.
REC: Genesis AND REC: Apocalypse- Both a prequel and a sequel to the great spanish horror films REC 1 and 2 are in the works. Interestingly, each will be directed by one of the two co-directors of the first two films. Apocalypse Directed by Paco Plaza & Genesis directed by Jaume Balagueró. Apocalypse is in Pre-production and eyeing a fall 2011 premiere.
Silent Hill 2 Directed by Michael J. Bassett of the 2006 Irish Horror thriller "Wildnerness". Currently in Pre-production planning on a 2011 release.
Strangeland 2 As of February 2010; Dee Snider told Fangoria he was still looking for a director. It's supposed to be in development to release in 2011, but no further information is available at this time.
The Strangers 2 Written by Bryan Bertino who wrote the original and directed by rookie French director Laurent Briet. Liv Tyler is rumored to reprise her role. The film is in Pre-production and trying for a 2011 release.
The Toolbox Murders 2 Written and directed by successful make-up artist and first time director Dean Jones; this sequel picks up directly after the events of Tobe Hooper's 2003 version. Was supposed to be released in 2010, but the production status is unknown.
The Thing: Prequel Releasing October 14th 2011 starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead of Scott Pilgrim and directed by first time feature director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Zombieland 2 Still in the rumor stages, but looks promising. Jesse Eisenberg is reported to be the only star that has signed on so far.

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