Back in December it was confirmed that Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) would be directing the sequel to the zombie worldwide smash, World War Z, and since then things have gone very quiet.
The first piece of news since December has just arrived, and its two pieces of very exciting news indeed: the sequel now has a writer and a star!
Variety reported the news that Steven Knight will be writing the script for the sequel, which will presumably be based on Max Brooks’ graphic novel which formed the basis for the first film. No plot details have been confirmed.
Knight recently wrote and directed the Tom Hardy starring man-in-a-car thriller, Locke. He has also written TV series Peaky Blinders, plus feature films Seventh Son, Eastern Promises, Hummingbird and Closed Circuit. The strange thing here is that none of Knight’s previous writing credits involve horror.
It has also been confirmed that, as expected, Brad Pitt will return as United Nations investigator Gerry Lane. Pitt will also produce the apocalyptic tentpole alongside Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner for Plan B.
World War Z, directed by Marc Forster, earned more than $540 million worldwide in 2013 and is the highest-grossing film of Pitt’s career.