We know that Brad Pitt is returning to star and produce, we also know that Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) will direct and Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Locke, Eastern Promises) is writing.
Thanks to Variety, we now know exactly when Paramount plan another worldwide zombie epidemic. The studio have confirmed earlier today that the sequel to World War Z will infect cinemas on 9th June 2017.
This is a brave move, as it puts the film head to head with Fox’s Fantastic Four sequel.
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”
We are still unsure what he means by that, and as plot details are being heavily guarded, we will have to wait for further information to know exactly what direction the sequel will take.
More on this as it develops.