Disney’s Zombies 2, the sequel to the saga of a zombie football player and cheerleader’s attempts to unite the zombie and human communities of Seabrook, will begin production in the spring.
Stars Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim will reprise their marquee roles as Addison and Zed. The announcement was made today during a presentation to advertisers by Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide.
The original Zombies was cable television’s #1-rated telecast among kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14 for 2018.
“Zombies took our worldwide audience of kids and families by storm with its powerful themes and incredible music,” Marsh said. “We’re thrilled with the work of writers David Light and Joseph Raso and look forward to working again with the immensely talented Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim, as well as our equally talented director, Paul Hoen, to bring a new chapter of Zombies to life.”
The sequel will pick up at Seabrook High, where, after a groundbreaking semester, Zed and Addison continue to steer both their school and community toward unity. But the arrival of a new group of outsiders – mysterious werewolves – threatens to shake up the newfound peace and causes a rift in Zed and Addison’s budding romance.
Zombies was nominated for a Humanitas prize for its teleplay. The award honors film and television writers whose work inspires compassion, hope and understanding. Light and Raso also serve as co-producers of the movies.
The original Zombies premiered in February 2018 and delivered over 12.8 million viewers, including 4.0 million kids 6-11 in its first 10 telecasts. In other metrics, Zombies was Disney Channel’s #1 video-on-demand property and was the #1 title in the DisneyNOW app for 2018.
Its videos on DisneyMusicVEVO have amassed over 377 million views. The movie soundtrack debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Children’s chart, #4 on the Billboard Top Soundtrack chart, #2 on the iTunes Soundtrack chart and #3 on the iTunes album chart.