Despite Paramount Pictures removing the World War Z sequel (along with the new Friday the 13th movie) from their release schedule early this year, hope for the Brad Pitt project stayed afloat, with filmmaker David Fincher reportedly still interested in taking the directing reins on the follow-up to 2013's World War Z. In a recent interview with Empire, Fincher addressed the status of the World War Z sequel, confirming his interest and giving fans of the first film a glimmer of hope, even though the film is in the early stages of reanimation.
Fincher was recently a guest on Empire's podcast to discuss his new Netflix series Mindhunters, but he also touched on the long-gestating World War Z sequel, saying (via Collider):
“I worked on a show for HBO that didn’t see the light of day and at the same time was doing [Mindhunter], and then did [Mindhunter], and I’ve been working for about a year now with Dennis Kelly on World War Z… We’re hoping to get a piece of material that’s a reason to make a movie not an excuse to make a movie.”
Fincher's comments confirm the reports that he is indeed interested in directing World War Z 2, which would re-team him with frequent collaborator Brad Pitt, who has starred in Fincher's Se7en, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. In addition to producing the sequel, Pitt is expected to reprise his role as former United Nations worker Gerry Lane.
It looks like the sequel is still in the very early stages of development, however, as Fincher and writer Dennis Kelly (Utopia) don't seem to have a story that they're ready to move forward with, and Paramount would have to give the project the green light (although past reports seem to indicate that they're eager to work with Fincher).
We'll have to wait and see what the future holds (if anything at all) for a sequel to the 2013 adaptation of Max Brooks' World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. At this point in time, the sequel isn't alive and kicking, but it certainly isn't dead, either.
Though the first film adaptation of World War Z was effectively unnerving at times, many fans of Max Brooks’ novel of the same name were not happy to see the movie deviate so much from its source material. Specific plot details on the sequel have yet to be revealed, so only time will tell if the follow-up film would incorporate more elements from Brooks' book, and how Fincher would depict them on the big screen.
Directed by Marc Forster, the first World War Z film starred Pitt, Mireille Enos (The Killing), James Badge Dale, Ludi Boeken, Daniella Kertesz, David Morse, Peter Capaldi, and Ruth Negga. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the potential sequel, and let us know what you would like to see in the movie (should it move forward) in the comments section below.
David Fincher (pictured in the center):