Last August, it was reported that Brad Pitt, who is producing the sequel under his Plan B Entertainment banner, had approached frequent collaborator David Fincher to direct the project.
But after that initial talks, there is still no word on who will replace director Juan Antonio Bayona who left the production to helm Jurassic World 2.
Studio Paramount Pictures will have to push back the summer 2017 release date, considering principal photography hasn’t event started yet, but is probably delaying the announcement until it has a new director signed and sealed.
The first draft of the screenplay was penned by Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises) who wrote Pitt’s last movie Allied directed by Robert Zemeckis. Last year it was reported that Dennis Kelly, who created British cult series Utopia, was rewriting Knight’s script. Coincidently filmmaker Fincher tried to remake Utopia for U.S. audiences, but negotiations with HBO reportedly fell apart last August.
Loosely based on Max Brooks hugely successful book series, World War Z had a troubled production which resulted in Pitt falling out with director Marc Foster (Quantum of Solace), according to reports. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof was then drafted in to rewrite the final third of the picture, resulting in expensive reshoots.
Despite its problems, the zombie apocalypse blockbuster earned a sizeable $540 million worldwide from a $190 million budget, becoming one of A-lister Pitt’s biggest ever box office hits.
Having collaborated with Fincher on iconic cop thriller Se7en and subversive masterpiece Fight Club, along with the jaw-droppingly beautiful The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the thought of the pair reuniting on World War Z 2 is tantalizing.
Fincher currently has no feature films which are publicly known to be in pre-production, and has been busy working on new TV series Mindhunter.
Let’s hope his friend Pitt can convince him to join the long gestating blockbuster.
Stay tuned for more World War Z 2 news.