The War may not be over, but Brad Pitt lost a significant battle in the fight to bring his next feature film to fruition.
Even though horror is dominating the 2017 Box Office, Paramount made the decision to axe two hotly anticipated films from its release schedule yesterday. We already reported that the next Friday the 13th reboot had been pulled from the studio’s schedule; the second casualty was World War Z 2, which Paramount had acquired from Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.
Paramount on Monday announced a few changes to its release schedule, most notably that the sequel to Brad Pitt’s hit 2013 zombie film has been removed from its slated release date of June 9, 2017, and is now unscheduled.
Last year, the film lost director J.A. Bayona, who is set to do another sequel instead: the fifth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. Variety reported in August that Pitt’s Seven director David Fincher was being eyed to take over World War Z, but that has yet to come to fruition.
World War Z, released in 2013 was hardly universally lauded. Fans of the novel by Max Brooks, upon which the film was based, cried foul at the final product’s extreme deviation from the source material. But those who went to see World War Z without preconceived expectations generally agreed it was a solid zombie flick. What did you think?
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.