I didn’t like World War Z much myself, but it was a big hit in 2013 and, when we learned that it was planned as the first part of a trilogy, we all expected a sequel to be put into production quite quickly. Paramount did soon announce that it was moving ahead, and it was reported that Juan Antonio Bayona was to direct from a script written by Steven Knight. However, Bayona then left the project due to other commitments. David Fincher then entered into negotiations to be the director, but nearly a year went by before he was actually confirmed. Brad Pitt was to return to his role and filming was slated to start in autumn 2018, but this was delayed as Fincher was working on his television series Mindhunter. Towards the end of 2018, we were told that Dennis Kelly was rewriting Steven Knight’s script and that the sequel would begin filming in June 2019. There was even several months of pre-production – but then the film was cancelled. Some sources said this was because of the Chinese government’s ban on films featuring zombies or ghosts – but that couldn’t have been the only reason surely? I think there’s much that we don’t know.
Anyway, World War Z‘s producer Jeremy Kleiner just received this year’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award at the Producers Guild Awards, and, when asked if the sequel will ever be a reality, he replied:
“Someday. We love Max Brooks’ book. We love the universe of it. It doesn’t feel like the World War Z is done and over with”.
So it might still happen….one day…..though I somehow get the feeling that we’re be seeing a new Friday The 13th flick before this manages to get off the ground….