World War Z is one of those films that wasn’t supposed to be the box-office success that it became in 2013. As you may have read by now, the film went through extensive re-writes and re-shoots that ballooned the budget for the zombie blockbuster to $190 million. Luckily, World War Z turned out to be an excellent zombie apocalypse popcorn flick that was boosted by Brad Pitt’s performance.
In the years since, there have been several updates on a potential sequel. Pitt is still attached to reprise his role as UN Investigator Gerry Lane. However, the problem has mainly lied on the studio finding a director. Marc Forster will not be returning to direct the sequel, and for a while, the studio had J.A. Bayona attached before he dropped out and eventually signed on to direct Jurassic World 2. Then just last year, David Fincher shocked the film fan community, and entered negotiations to re-team with Pitt (Se7en) on the sequel as director. Finally, this week we’re getting news that Fincher is “very creatively interested in directing the movie,” which means negotiations went very well. Only there’s one problem. Paramount Pictures is “not ready” to green-light the sequel, even with Fincher attached to direct.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read the report. So the studio in charge of blockbuster franchises like G.I. Joe and Transformers isn’t ready to move forward with the Fincher/Pitt backed World War Z sequel? How are these studio executives still working in Hollywood?! What’s even more mind boggling is how Fincher said he could make the sequel for less than the first film’s budget ($190 mill). Somehow Pitt, who’s had a great relationship with Fincher going back to Se7en and Benjamin Button, managed to get one of the best directors in Hollywood to actually do a blockbuster film. And Paramount is just going to sit there, unconvinced at the potential this sequel has? Unbelievable. Make this happen, Paramount!
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Wikipedia.