It took a decade to get a sequel to Zombieland in theaters. Now, with Zombieland: Double Tap arriving on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD on January 21–and available on digital now–the film’s writers are giving us some idea of what the original script looked like when it was written a decade ago. One of the biggest differences is the film initially included a massive celebrity cameo.
As those who have seen Zombieland: Double Tap know, at one point in the movie, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) spots a luxury RV on the side of the road that he wants to commandeer. Originally, though, it wasn’t an RV that the gang found on their travels.
“That originally was the Rolling Stones RV that was in the first draft. It was outside the Staples Center because it was set in California right after the first movie,” co-writer Rhett Reese told GameSpot. “They were looking for an RV, and it was the Rolling Stones tour bus that they went to grab.”
Of course, given that the first Zombieland killed off a beloved celebrity in Bill Murray, Double Tap didn’t stop there. “They ended up having to fight a zombified Rolling Stones. Like they had to kill Mick Jagger and all this stuff,” Reese continued. “And then Keith Richards was in the back right and they opened the door, and they thought he was a zombie too, and they killed him. And it turns out it was just Keith Richards.”
What’s bigger than killing Bill Murray? Killing the Rolling Stones, it turns out. Ultimately, the Rolling Stones–and the return to Los Angeles–never made it into the final version of the film. Luckily for fans of the franchise, though, there is another dose of Bill Murray in the sequel, as it’s revealed the zombie apocalypse started at a junket for one of his movies. If ever there was a way to kill off the Garfield franchise, it’s the end of the world.
Now, with Zombieland: Double Tap hits Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD on January 21 and is available on digital now.
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Author: Chris E. Hayner