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.
Sadly Forster will not return to direct, but the good news is that Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) will be helming the sequel. Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Locke, Eastern Promises) is writing the sequel, and he was recently interviewed by IndieWire.
He told the site:
“I thought, ‘why not? What fun.’” said Knight on his decision to take a crack at the script. “It’s not quite like the other; we’re starting with clean slate. When they’ve signed off [Paramount and Plan B], we’re on.”
So what does he mean by a “clean slate”? Sadly he was not pushed for an answer. We know Pitt’s character will return because he was confirmed months ago, so a clean slate means what exactly? Is Pitt’s character returning, or are there now different plans?
We will have to wait for further details to understand what it means, so the waiting game now begins.
Shooting is expected to begin in October.