It’s been a while since there was any sort of update on World War Z 2, but we now have two pieces of news to share: a new writer has been hired, and director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) is still attached.
The panic over Bayona still being attached to direct comes from rumblings that he was going to direct Jurassic World 2. It has now been confirmed that he will still be directing the World War Z sequel.
The other news is that British writer Dennis Kelly (Utopia, Black Sea) is attached to rework the last draft submitted by Steven Knight back in August.
Brad Pitt will both star in and produce.
Dennis Kelly, the creator of the buzzy British show Utopia, has been enlisted for the latest draft of the Brad Pitt starrer. J.A. Bayona is squarely on board to direct, though rumors surfaced recently that his involvement was on thin ice after being eyed to direct the Jurassic World follow-up. Sources say there was little Bayona could do given that he has a holding deal for World War Z 2, but the Jurassic World 2 overtures helped light a flame under Paramount to keep Bayona happy and get a new script in motion with the fanboy-friendly writer.
Anyone who followed director Marc Forster’s epic zombie feature, World War Z, will know that production had many problems, including budget issues, script re-writes, re-shoots and the director and star Brad Pitt (who personally chose the director) falling out. World War Z was a disaster, but the final product was anything but.
World War Z did massive business at the global box office ($540 million), and received strong reviews from critics. I loved the film, and the experience seeing it at the cinema was unforgettable. It was so relieving to see a film bogged down with problems turn out so good.
It’s sad that Marc Forster will not be back to direct, but Bayona is an impressive choice, and I have no issue with him directing.
Earlier this year new writer Steven Knight said that the follow up to Forsters excellent zombie film would “re-set” the series, telling Indiewire in an interview “It’s not quite like the other; we’re starting with clean slate”