It was reported early on that Zombieland Double Tap would feature a Ghostbusters reunion between Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. That didn't actually happen. Murray did show up in the post-credit scene. But it's not at all what the screenwriters had originally envisioned. Their original idea even included other Ghostbusters stars Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis.
Now, if you sit through the post-credit scene for Zombieland 2, you will be treated to Bill Murray and Al Roker discussing the fictional sequel Garfield 3. As legend has it, Bill Murray took the voice role in Garfield because he believed one of the Coen Brothers had written the script. He was contracted to do the sequel. And Murray often refers to it as one of his biggest regrets. Here he is, in the fictional Zombieland universe, going back to that franchise.
But screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were originally intent on including Murray's other, bigger franchise in this end credits moment. They wanted a scene that brought Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson all together. This idea was conceived before Harold Ramis had passed away, with Double Tap a sequel that has been a decade in the making.
When the writing duo first set out to write the sequel post-2009, they wanted to find a way to bring Murray back onto the mix that would have been bigger and better than the original surprise cameo. This despite the fact that fictional Bill Murray bit the big piss biscuit in the sky during that first outing. They conjured a post-credit flashback to the day the zombie apocalypse begins. Reese revealed this.
"Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson got Bill Murray out on a golf course and were trying to convince him to do a sequel to Ghostbusters. Dan Aykroyd becomes a zombie and attacks Bill and there are golf carts going in the lake and golf clubs being swung at people."
Joe Pesci was also going to be involved in this scene. But the whole idea no longer worked once 2018 rolled around. And the film actually entered production. Harold Ramis passed away in 2014. And an all-new Ghostbusters featuring an all-female cast of spook chasers hit theaters in 2016. Now, Jason Reitman has just wrapped another Ghostbusters movie featuring the original cast that will hit theaters in 2020. Reese goes onto say this.
"It was really fun, but then with the passage of time, with anything else, it had to be something else."
It has been made quite well know by Bill Murray himself that he hates Garfield. So the writers decided to jump on that idea and go for jokes there. Reese explains this about the post-credit scene, a part of which was revealed in a TV trailer in the lead-up to Zombieland: Double Tap's release in theaters this past weekend.
"Bill just clicked right in. Those actors know what it's like to go on a press junket and to suffer through a million questions and he definitely ran with that. Bill Murray had a lot of funny stuff that ended up on the cutting-room floor for time."
The two writers admit that some of these deleted scenes featuring Bill Murray may be included on the impending Blu-ray and digital release of the sequel. Zombieland: Double Tap is in theaters now. This interesting tidbit comes from The Hollywood Reporter.
T he Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch some of the hilarious outtakes from the horror comedy sequel Zombieland: Double Tap. Plus, spend some time getting to know Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman, the new featured players of Saturday Night Live, and listen as Nick Kroll breaks down some of the voices he’s best known for creating.
First up, watch as Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin have some trouble keeping a straight face during various flubbed scenes from Zombieland: Double Tap. Props don’t work, lines get forgotten, and more, but the best part is when Woody Harrelson improvises a little bit with Luke Wilson, and the two almost but can’t keep it together.
Next up, Saturday Night Live properly introduces us to their two new featured players though there were almost three, Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman. Find out what some of their favorite SNL sketches are, hear their advice for anyone who might want to follow in their footsteps and find out what they think about astrology and more.
Nick Kroll has been in the comedy game for a long time, but in recent years, he’s become a little more famous for his work in the sound booth by providing voices for animated characters. For Vanity Fair, Kroll breaks down the characters he plays in the Netflix series Big Mouth, the Illumination Entertainment movie Sing, the raunchy comedy Sausage Party, and as an extra, his character from Oh, Hello, which originated alongside John Mulaney on Kroll Show.
It was a big weekend for sequels, with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil coming in first place. Joker slid into second place, with Zombieland: Double Tap doing better than expected in third. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was actually a bit soft in its opening, only pulling in $36 million. A couple of indie movies also did well this weekend, with Neon's Parasite, A24's The Lighthouse and Fox Searchlight's Jojo Rabbit all arriving with a strong debut in limited release.
Disney was expecting a little more from their Maleficent sequel at the box office this weekend. The domestic total arrives at nearly half of what the original made in 2014, debuting at $69.4 million. Those who did watch the sequel apparently enjoyed Angelina Jolie's return as the Dark Fey. Audiences have given the movie an 'A' CinemaScore. It also has a 96% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil opened simultaneous in all major markets overseas. There it earned an extra $117 million, which makes its global tally $153 million, so you can pretty much call it a hit out of the gate, despite fewer people opting to see it in the states. Chinese audiences spent $22.4 million on tickets this weekend. Russia paid $10.7 million, Mexico pulled in $7.8 million, with Italy at $4.7 million, Korea at $4.6 million, Brazil at $4.5 million, UK nabbing $4.3 million, France with $3.9 million, Thailand at $3.7 million, Philippines with $3.5 million, Germany at $3.4 million and Spain bring up the rear with $3.2 million.
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Joker continues to be a big blockbuster hit, and is well on its way to becoming the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. In its third weekend of release, it only saw an audience dip of 48%. It has earned an additional $29.2 million in the states. That puts its total at $247 million. Overseas, it pulled in an additional $77.8 million, and now sits at $737.5 million worldwide. Not bad for a standalone DC Comics movie about a villain descending into madness with no superheroes in sight.
Ten years in the making, the sequel Zombieland Double Tap lands in third place with a higher than expected take of $26.7 million over the three day weekend. It arrives with bigger debut numbers than the original, which pulled in $24.7 way back in 2009. This latest adventure with Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock earned a 'B+' CinemaScore. The zombie-infested follow-up is playing in 17 overseas markets, where it pulled in an additional $5 million.
The Addams Family animated comedy comes in at number four in its second weekend at the box office, earning an additional $16.05 million. That puts its domestic total at $56.8 million over the course of ten days. Rounding out the top five is Gemini Man, which fell off -59% in its second weekend of release. It nabbed just $8.5 million, working off a staggering $138 million budget. We may have to chalk this one up as a bomb. It has only made $36.5 million in the states thus far. Overseas, the movie fared better with $33.4 million, with $21 million of that coming from opening day in China. The movie has made $118.7 million worldwide.
Rounding out the top five is Paramount's Gemini Man dipping -59% as it kicks off its sophomore frame with an estimated $8.5 million for a domestic cume that now stands at $36.5 million. Internationally, the film brought in an estimated $33.4 million this weekend, the bulk of which comes from a $21 million opening in China. The film's overseas cume now stands at $82.2 million for a global total reaching $118.7 million.
Abominable is in sixth place with $3.5 million in its 4th weekend of release, its domestic total standing at $53.9 million. Downton Abbey lands at number 7 with another $3.08 million, becoming Focus Feature's highest grossing movie ever. The movie has earned $88.6 million total domestically. Judy slides into the 8th spot with another $2.05 million for a domestic total of $19 million thus far. In at number 9 is Hustlers with $2.05 million as well. It's a certified hit with $101.8 million. And in at number 10 is horror blockbuster IT: Chapter Two with an additional $1.5 million added to its domestic total of $209 million.
Parasite arrives just outside the top ten, earning $1.2 million in just 33 theaters. A24's The Lighthouse also had a strong showing playing at just 8 locations, earning $419,764. It will go wider next weekend, arriving in 500 theaters. And then we have Jojo Rabbit, the movie about a boy and his imaginary friend Hitler. It played in just five locations with earnings of $350,000. These numbers come in from Box Office Mojo.
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[Editor's note: The following post contains spoilers for “Zombieland: Double Tap.”]
Halfway through Ruben Fleischer’s long-awaited “Zombieland” sequel, “Zombieland: Double Tap,” the seemingly inevitable happens: someone mentions Bill Murray. It’s not a happy memory for anyone involved. In the original 2009 film, the beloved comedian played himself in an amusing cameo, welcoming the film’s core four Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin into his Hollywood mansion after a long journey. Murray again, as himself has survived the zombie plague by utilizing his acting talents for a fresh role: he pretends to be a zombie, all the better to keep the brain-gobblers confused. It’s a classic zombie movie trick, but one thrown into total disarray when Eisenberg’s notoriously jumpy Columbus is spooked by a costumed Murray, who amiably waddles into his swanky screening room to surprise Columbus and Breslin’s Little Rock.
Columbus shoots him dead, thus knocking off one more red-blooded human and a Hollywood legend to boot. It’s one of the best gags of the film, an instant classic that inevitably led to plenty of chatter about Murray’s possible return for the long-gestating sequel. Could Murray finally be a real zombie?
He’s not, but he is something of a looming specter in “Double Tap.” When the gang meets up with Rosario Dawson’s character first known simply as Nevada, because she’s not giving anyone more details about her life other than her home state, she jokes that she nearly “Murray-ed” Columbus, almost shooting him when he appears in her Elvis-themed Hound Dog Hotel, and she mistakes him for a zombie. Columbus, understandably, is a little put-out by the use of the term — to kill a human you mistakingly believe to be a “z” — and tries to play it cool when feisty Nevada makes it clear she’d happily kill the guy who offed Murray. Columbus, of course, is only barely able to hide that he’s the bad guy, a winking in-joke for the audience.
And, still, Murray doesn’t appear — until the film’s single post-credits scene, introduced by way of one of Eisenberg’s signature self-reflexive voiceovers, where Columbus explains to the audience that really, there was no way they could make another “Zombieland” without Murray. Presumably hamstrung by the lack of emotional pop Murray-as-a-zombie could deliver after all this time — we know what he’s like as a fake zombie, and it’s good! — Fleischer and screenwriters Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Dave Callaham opt for a smart twist on the now-standard post-credits scene, using it as a prologue to their story, one centered on Murray himself.
Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray in “Zombieland”
It’s Day Zero of the zombie apocalypse, and Murray is spending his day the way so many big stars do: at a press junket for his latest film. In the real, non-“Zombieland” world, Murray only starred in a pair of animated Garfield films Murray has, quite amusingly, claimed that he only did the films because he thought the screenwriter Joel Cohen was Joel Coen. But in “Double Tap,” he’s completed a third go-round as the lasagna-loving housecat this one: “Garfield 3: Flabby Tabby” and now he’s expected to chat about it with the press. In true Murray style, he’s not very into it. And that’s before everyone starts asking him to pretend to hack up a Garfield hairball.
Set at random hotel as so many junkets typically are, the post-credits scene follows both a downtrodden Murray and a group of reporters including recognizable talking heads like NBC’s Al Roker and MTV’s Josh Horowitz as they cycle through five-minute video interviews, all of which inevitably end in a request for Murray to imitate a cat vomiting up some of his fur. The glamour of Hollywood!
As Murray is hacking away, a game Roker joins him, but at some point during the horrifying hack-a-thon, Roker’s choking turns real. And then Roker himself turns into a zombie. While he might not be the patient zero, he’s the starting point for a massive outbreak during the “Garfield 3” junket, and as the rest of the press clan and video village turns into vomiting, screaming, brain-hungry monsters, it’s Murray who makes it his business to kill anyone who comes across his path. And, yes, that includes Roker and Horowitz, along with plenty of other junket-goers milling around the event.
From plates to giant silver platters, Murray fights his way through the horde, upping the film’s already quite high zombie body count, never stopping to question just what the hell is going on. It’s easy to see why he survived so long, at least until itchy-fingered Columbus got to him. His best weapon? A large, hard-backed poster of “Garfield 3,” the fake film finally proving useful to someone.
And, yes, it ends as only a Garfield-centric gag could, with a deadpan Murray telling the camera, “I hate Mondays.”
That's a wrap on Ghostbusters 2020! On Jason Reitman's official Instagram account, the director of the upcoming sequel posted a set photo of himself along with his father, producer Ivan Reitman, and cast members Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, and Logan Kim. "Wrapped! 68 days and still smiling," Reitman notes in the photo's caption, which is bringing about waves of congratulations from Ghostbusters fans.
With filming complete, there's more than enough time for the post-production to be completed on the project ahead of its anticipated release in theaters in the summer of 2020. You can take a look at the cast photo from Jason Reitman, from the set below.
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Because the original movies from the '80s are still very highly regarded by fans, there's a lot of excitement surrounding the release of Ghostbusters 2020. The movie is set in the same timeline as the first and second movies, featuring the return of many cast members including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. Sadly, original star and writer Harold Ramis died in 2014, though it's been speculated the new movie will focus primarily on the family members of his Egon character. Along with the talent featured in the photo above, also introduced into the franchise for the movie are Celeste O'Connor and Bokeem Woodbine. In addition to directing, Jason Reitman also co-wrote the screenplay along with Gil Kenan.
In 1984, the very first Ghostbusters movie was released, spawning a pop culture phenomenon which remains just as popular as it ever was to this day. Directed by Ivan Reitman using a screenplay from Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, the movie follows a group of ghost hunters, leading up to a climactic battle against a gargantuan version of the Stay Puft marshmallow man. The whole team returned for the sequel Ghostbusters II in 1989, with the Ghostbusters reforming five years after their company had been forcibly shut down. A cult classic in its own right, the sequel serves as a fun follow-up for fans, though Ghostbusters 2020 will be the first time the characters have been seen on the big screen since.
If not for the disastrous reception of the 2016 reboot from director Paul Feig, we may not have ever gotten this third installment of the original Ghostbusters series. When the reboot was released, it underperformed at the box office and was met with rather harsh reviews from many critics. This led to Sony reconsidering any plans to continue the series with these same characters, opening the door for Jason Reitman to pitch his idea for a follow-up to the original movies. The new movie will be centered mostly on new characters, though setting it in the same universe will go along way towards pleasing the longtime fans of the franchise.
Ghostbusters 2020 is set to premiere in theaters on July 10, 2020. For the sake of those who made the movie just as much as the fans paying to see it, let's hope it goes over better than the last attempt to reinvigorate the franchise. This news comes to us from Jason Reitman on Instagram.
Zombieland: Double Tap is in theaters now, bringing back Woody Harrelson, Jessie Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin for more zombie apocalypse action. It’s been 10 years since the original movie hit theaters, but writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick the duo behind the Deadpool franchise were hired almost immediately to write the sequel. Since it took a decade to finally get this movie finished, the script went through plenty of changes as time passed, and one of those changes resulted in nixing a hilarious but tragic scene that would have given us a Ghostbusters reunion.
Beware, in order to discuss this scene in question, we’re providing a spoiler alert for a certain cameo made in the sequel. But if you saw the most recent theatrical trailer for Zombieland: Double Tap, then you already know what we’re talking about. Either way, you’ve been warned.
The Hollywood Reporter put out a video talking about the development of Zombieland: Double Tap and where the sequel leaves things for a possible future for the franchise. In the video, they talk about one of the big changes made to the original draft of the sequel that was written shortly after the first movie, and it involves the cameo made by Bill Murray.
Yes, Bill Murray has another cameo in Zombieland: Double Tap. But since he died in the first movie, thanks to a shotgun blast to the body in a prank gone wrong, his cameo in the sequel is a flashback. In the cameo, which plays during the credits, Bill Murray is partaking in press junket interviews for Garfield 3: Flabby Tabby, a sequel that doesn’t actually exist. After hilariously answering some questions in the expected Bill Murray fashion, he sits down with Al Roker from The Today Show. But the interview goes south qucikly when Roker suddenly turns into a zombie, and Murray is forced to thrash him with a chair.
However, Bill Murray’s cameo would have been much different and significantly more star-studded if the original draft was kept intact. The flashback scene still took us to the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, but instead, Murray was on a golf course with Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, who are all trying to convince him to make Ghostbusters 3. But suddenly, each of Murray’s cast members start turning into zombies and Murray has to kill each and every one of them. That would have been hilarious!
Unfortunately, a long time passed between the first movie and the sequel, and in that time, not only have we lost Harold Ramis, but there has since been a Ghostbusters reboot, and there’s now a Ghostbusters sequel slated for release in 2020. So the scene just didn’t work as well with everything that has happened since the first draft was written.
The flashback scene in question also would have included another surprising cameo. Reese and Wernick told CinemaBlend that they had written Joe Pesci into the flashback scene. He would have been playing in front of the Ghostbusters crew, who would have hit their balls in his way because he was playing to slow. Pesci would have gotten really angry and hilarity would ensue.
In fact, Reese also revealed that Joe Pesci was initially offered the Bill Murray cameo in the first Zombieland. The writer recalled:
“We tried before and failed on the first. We tried to get Joe Pesci for the Bill Murray part in Zombieland. And the classic line… We pitched Joe Pesci’s agent before they’d read the script, and we said, ‘Well, it’s a small part.’ And Joe Pesci’s agent said, ‘There are no small parts, only small money.'”
That’s Hollywood for ya. And even though Reese and Wernick had a tough time getting Bill Murray lined up for that original cameo, I think everyone would agree that it worked out for the best. It also made it infinitely easier to get him to participate in the sequel. We’re just hoping that more of the footage from his time on set makes it to the Blu-ray release of Zombieland: Double Tap. Apparently they have hours of Bill Murray improvising with the various reporters who were real press people, and that’s something we desperately want to see.