Written by John Squires
A sequel to fast-moving zombie flick World War Z has been on the table for a few years now, and last we heard about the project, director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) had stepped down to do other things. What’s the latest status update? And who’s going to take Bayona’s place? Well, you’ll surely be surprised by the latest name attached to the sequel.
Variety reports that Brad Pitt, along with Paramount and Skydance, is currently in talks with David Fincher, and Pitt hopes that Fincher will agree to come on board and direct the zombie flick. Pitt and Fincher have a strong working relationship, previously collaborating on both Fight Club, Seven, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which would presumably be the only reason why Fincher would be keen on directing a World War Z sequel. Like the first film, Pitt will both star and produce.
According to sources, Fincher and Pitt met two weeks ago to discuss the possibility of Fincher boarding the zombie tentpole. The talks were initially lukewarm, but sources now tell Variety that negotiations are much further down the road and that other director currently has an offer.
Plot details are unknown for the sequel, other than it still being set during a zombie apocalypse.
The film is expected to begin filming in early 2017.