While World War Z definitely isn’t the greatest zombie film of all-time, when one considers its seemingly cursed production history, it’s a wonder director Marc Forster was able to deliver even the decent movie that we ended up getting.
Unsurprisingly, Forster wanted nothing to do with a sequel, having no desire to relive what was likely the most arduous directing experience of his career. Forster also reportedly clashed with star – and producer – Brad Pitt over creative decisions, one aspect that led to so much production turmoil.
Last year, a report surfaced that Pitt was attempting to convince his friend and frequent collaborator David Fincher to come on-board for World War Z 2, believing he would be the best man for the job of directing the high-profile project.
Realistically though, most assumed it wouldn’t happen, as Oscar-winner Fincher has been busy making mostly prestige dramas for decades now, and hasn’t made a true genre film in quite awhile.
Well, surprise surprise, Variety now reports that Fincher has officially signed on to direct World War Z 2, or whatever it ends up being called before it’s finally released. Pitt will of course return as Gerry Lane, with production likely to begin in the first quarter of 2018.
This will mark the first sequel Fincher has directed since Alien 3, on which he had a legendarily bad experience with studio FOX.
His relationship with Pitt was seemingly the deciding factor for him to break that tradition for Paramount’s big-budget zombie sequel, Fincher’s first directorial effort since 2014’s Gone Girl.
While not a critical darling, World War Z holds the distinction of being the most financially successful zombie movie ever, having hauled in nearly $600 million worldwide. Zombieland comes in a distant second on the list with $102 million worldwide.