Published On: Fri, May 5th, 2017

‘World War Z’ sequel may move ahead with David Fincher directing

Late last summer, we heard that Brad Pitt was hoping to secure his Se7en, Fight Club and Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher to get behind the camera for the sequel to the zombie thriller World War Z.

Now Variety reported on the progress of the sequel, confirming that Fincher is close to finalizing a deal after helping develop the movie for a few months now. Paramount Pictures new chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos has yet to give the official greenlight to moved forward.

“While Gianopulos has not officially official greenlit the movie yet, he is expected to do so in coming weeks. This will likely be among the studio chief’s first greenlit movies. Sources say that production would probably begin in the first quarter of 2018,” they stated.


A sequel to World War Z has been in development since the first movie arrived in 2013.

“Pitt met with a handful of directors but nothing materialized until he decided to reach out to Fincher to try and woo him for another collaboration,” Variety noted, claiming that Fincher is always willing to listen to Brad Pitt when he reaches out with an idea, and it appears to have paid off this time. Fincher was intrigued by the idea for the story, which we don’t know yet, but the project took some extra time to come together while Pitt dealt with his divorce from Angelina Jolie.

Director J.A. Bayona was attached to direct the film, and it was slated to arrive in 2016 at one time, only to be delayed to 2017, and then removed from Paramount’s calendar completely.

J.A. Bayona went on to direct Jurassic World 2 instead, which was a project that almost took him away from World War Z 2 to begin with back in 2015.

Variety always stated that: Sources say that Fincher, who is weary of sequels, having aired his displeasure during his time on Alien 3… but duo (Pitt and Fincher) nearly collaborated on a reboot of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney a few years ago, but that project never move forward.”

Fincher hasn’t directed a movie since Gone Girl in 2014, so hie’s overdue for a new movie.



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