Shortly after World War Z took in an impressive $66 million at the box office this June, Paramount Pictures announced a sequel was moving forward. At the time, it wasn't known if Marc Forster would be coming back to direct. Today we have word that the director is not returning for the zombie sequel, although it is still moving forward and is in development.
Here's what star/producer Brad Pitt had to say about the follow-up.
"We are talking about it. We are going to investigate a script. We have a lot of ideas we will cull from. Nobody is writing just yet, but we are compiling our ideas."
The original World War Z, which went on to gross $539 million worldwide from an estimated budget of $190 million, had several writers credited, including Matthew Michael Carnahan, J. Michael Straczynski, Drew Goddard and Damon Lindelof. It isn't known if the studio plans on bringing one of these writers back for the sequel, or if Brad Pitt's Plan B Productions and Paramount are seeking a new writer.
Best of the Web
World War Z 2 Gets Summer 2017 Release Date
Antonio Bayona will director Brad Pitt in a sequel to World War Z that continues the adventures of Gerry Lane.
World War Z 2 Will Start with a Clean Slate
Steve Knight is in the middle of writing a World War Z sequel, and claims that it's not quite like the other.
World War Z Sequel Gets Eastern Promises Writer Steven Knight
Brad Pitt will return in a sequel to his 2013 hit World War Z, which is being directed by J.A. Bayona.
J.A. Bayona to Direct A Monster Calls Before World War Z Sequel
This fantasy adaptation is based on Patrick Ness' novel about a young boy who escapes into a fantasy world filled with monsters.
World War Z Sequel Gets The Orphanage Director Juan Antonio Bayona
He replaces original director Marc Forster. Brad Pitt is still attached to star in and produce this follow-up.
EXCLUSIVE: World War Z Red Band Clip 'Over the Wall'
Check out this scene from the Unrated Blu-ray starring Brad Pitt and Mireille Enos, available now!