The first week of February was a rough one for upcoming horror movies: It was when Paramount abruptly pulled both Friday the 13th Part 13 and World War Z 2 from their release schedule. A day later, Friday the 13th was permanently shuttered while the fate of WWZ2 was left largely unknown. It was then that the rumored director for the Brad Pitt propelled sequel, Juan Antonio Bayona, was officially disconnected from the project. Then, folks close to the production began publicly courting a well-known name to step in: David Fincher; Pitt himself said he would relish another opportunity to work with the director of Fight Club.
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While promoting his latest film, Life, World War Z 2 producer David Ellison said the sequel is definitely gearing up for a second stab at pre-production.
There’s a script that we’re incredibly happy with, and it’s just getting a couple of key deals closed… We hope [David Fincher] makes the movie.
So do we! With a new script and Fincher at the helm, it’s hard to imagine Paramount wouldn’t put WWZ2 back on the fast track. Obviously, we’ll be watching the studio’s next moves closely, and we’ll bring you details as they emerge. Stay tuned!
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Check out the trailer and synopsis for the original World War Z, directed by Marc Forster and released in 2013, below.
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.