The future of the World War Z franchise has been in limbo since Paramount abruptly yanked a planned sequel from its release schedule last February; it happened at the same time Friday the 13th Part 13 was pulled, and that film has been permanently shuttered. For months, rumors have swirled that Brad Pitt was campaigning for his Fight Club director, David Fincher, to take the reins of the troubled production. While fans and critics agreed Fincher could be exactly what WWZ2 needs to succeed, and the filmmaker has expressed at least tacit interest, we haven’t heard any official confirmation that he’s on board—until yesterday.
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The news we easy to miss, as it was buried in an extensive interview Paramount’s Jim Gianopulos gave with The Hollywood Reporter, and 99% of it is industry jargon I guarantee horror fans don’t give a damn about. But here’s the morsel that will surely revive excitement for the future of World War Z:
What’s the status of the World War Z sequel?
We’re in advanced development.
With David Fincher directing?
Yes. And Brad Pitt.
Let the rejoicing begin! Of course, Fincher will have his work cut out for him, as fan and critical response to the original World War Z, directed by Marc Forster and released in 2013, was tepid at best. Fans of the bestselling novel by Max Brooks, were the least impressed, as the film strayed so far from its source material it seemed related in name alone.
Check out the trailer and synopsis for 2013’s World War Z below and check back often for additional sequel news as details emerge. Stay tuned!
Official Synopsis: When former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family get stuck in urban gridlock, he senses that it’s no ordinary traffic jam. His suspicions are confirmed when, suddenly, the city erupts into chaos. A lethal virus, spread through a single bite, is turning healthy people into something vicious, unthinking and feral. As the pandemic threatens to consume humanity, Gerry leads a worldwide search to find the source of the infection and, with luck, a way to halt its spread.
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