In a 2012 interview with the Los Angeles Times, director Marc Forster originally claimed that World War Z was envisioned “as a trilogy that would have the grounded, gun-metal realism of Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC’s The Walking Dead.” But when the actual production suffered a number of costly setbacks including rewrites and reshoots, plans for a sequel were quickly shelved.

Of course the movie eventually went on to become one of the highest grossing films of last year, and the project was promptly resurrected. In late December it was announced that J.A. Bayona had been recruited to direct, but a writer had yet to be named… until now.

Oscar-nominated scribe Steven Knight has been tapped to write Paramount and Skydance’s sequel to “World War Z,” sources confirm. J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”) will direct the zombie sequel, with Brad Pitt returning in the starring role. Plot details are unknown, but the film is expected to continue the story of Max Brooks’ popular novel.

While the exclusive report from Variety actually has very little information on the upcoming sequel itself; Steven Knight is an Oscar-nominated writer known for a number of very successful screenplays including Dirty Pretty Things in 2002, Eastern Promises and Redemption starring Jason Statham. However, he’ll certainly have his work cut out for him.

It’s well known that fans of Max Brooks’ original novel were extremely disappointed with the adaptation of World War Z. However, the possibility that moviegoers may see more of the source material in this upcoming sequel is very real as the first film could easily be viewed as a prelude to the events featured in the book. We’ll be sure to keep you updated!


  1. There was so little of the original novel in this movie that the statement that they are going to continue the actual narrative set down by Max Brooks would mean that they would need to barely just acknowledge the original source material and fulfill the tiny promise of their little blurb there.

  2. The movie was good, but not great.

    I classify a great movie as one where I can easily watch it again, right after seeing it for the first time.

    I didn’t get that with world war z.

  3. I wasn’t overly impressed by the movie. Personally, I thought it was ridiculous how Brad Pitt’s character managed to make it out alive of every scene, when everyone else around him didn’t. This is especially true of the plane crash and the scene in israel. Also zombie movies aren’t supposed to be pretty. There should’ve been alot more blood and guts, which this movie failed to show just to get a PG-13 rating. If your gonna make a zombie movie, don’t sacrifice believability to get a preferred rating.

    • Agreed could have used more blood and gut’s and his constant survival while in most situations could be possible the plane crash was a bit too far fetched. Is possible to survive a plane crash but for only two of t hem and the main characters at that just stretches the realism to breaking point.

      That said I did like the movie, Many complained that the zombies ran and all that but let’s be realistic, Slow moving zombies would not make a world wide problem. With social media only need’s one soldier in one corner of the globe to shoot one in the head, It dies ‘ooo, Gotta put this on Twitter’ and so it all finishes before it starts.

      You need fast moving zombies to actually make it difficult to survive.

      • I loved the dawn of the dead remake. One of my favorite zombie flix ever. I’m also a huge fan of the walking dead series, even tho the walkers aren’t as fast.

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