A few months back Paramount announced that the sequel to World War Z would be hitting cinemas on 9th June 2017, yet we still know very little about the film.
No plot details have been revealed yet, and all we know for sure is that Brad Pitt will return as Gerry Lane (he will also produce), and that Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) will direct and Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Locke, Eastern Promises) is writing.
Knight has now confirmed to Collider that the first draft is complete, and he has handed it in to Paramount. He also provided a brief update on the film, which reveals very little:
“I was approached with the idea of, ‘How do we move this along?’ so who could resist? I think the beauty of the first film was the way that it never paused for breath. It never spent a moment thinking, ‘Hang on a minute; we’d better tell the audience what this is all about.’ It stayed in the moment; it stayed with that person.”
All we can really get from that is that the sequel should be as frantic as the first film, which I enjoyed by the way.
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”