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!