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David Fincher in Talks to Direct ‘World War Z 2’!

At the beginning of the year, we posted that World War Z 2 lost its director J.A. Bayona due to the fact that he needed to finish up work on his upcoming film A Monster Calls. Since then, there’s been pretty much nothing of import to report on the film.

That changes today as Variety is reporting that Brad Pitt is looking to land none other than David Fincher (Fight Club, Gone Girl) as the new director! The site reports that the talks are progressing far and that “…no one else currently has the offer to direct.

The two previously worked together on 1995’s psychological horror/thriller Seven as well as Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

World War Z 2 is expected to begin filming in the beginning of 2017 and has a current release date of June 9th, 2017, although it’s nearly a given that it will be pushed back.

What do you think of this news? Personally, I’m blown away by this! I think it could be an absolutely incredible film with this kind of talent!


68 Comments
  • Shane da Lucky

    I hope now that they have the money behind them that they can somehow remain true to the book which had at least a dozen excellent stories, in fact fuck the movie, just make a 12 part series, each one a story… HBO or Netflix.

    So many of the stories really caught my imagination, and they capture the entirety of the outbreak from so many perspectives and locations, India, Japan, Israel in a unique way.

    My favourite story was located in Japan, where this guy had to climb down the outside of his apartment, floor by floor, to escape. He had a few adventures on the way down and especially once he hit ground level with a new weapon.

    No matter how flawed the movie though I have watched it a few times. It’s great escapism and I look fwd to the next instalment, bring on the swarms.

  • Rohan Sorensen

    David Fincher huh? I heard he makes good sequels…….

    • PsychoMantis18

      He fucking does

      • Rohan Sorensen

        Yeah, he totally nailed it with Alien 3.

        • joaquin_ondamoon

          The film that was so interfered with by studio suits that he totally disowned it? Yeah, that was SO his fault. *eyeroll detector explodes*

          • Rohan Sorensen

            Yeah I read about it. Not really his fault, but he had a lot to do with it. Mostly the screenwriters fault.

        • PsychoMantis18

          Good to see you figured that out.

          • Rohan Sorensen

            At least we agree on this. Alien 3 was god awful.

          • PsychoMantis18

            And thus is the stupidity of Aliens fans.

          • Rohan Sorensen

            What, you actually like Alien 3?

          • PsychoMantis18

            Gold star for the predictably slow Aliens fan.

          • Rohan Sorensen

            Well that proves it. Your opinions are fucking garbage.

          • PsychoMantis18

            That makes sense.

          • Rohan Sorensen

            Well that proves it. Your opinions are absolute garbage.

  • BLKHRT

    When one film ends up with an uninspired choice to take the helm, another comes out with one to even the odds. Fincher is still great in my book.

  • Still haven’t caught the first one. I’m sure I’ll watch it eventually. But Fincher? That’s kind of awesome.

    • J Jett

      Zach, of course you already would know this but make sure you watch (if/whenever you watch it!) the unrated version. it’s more violent (still the movie is not gory/bloody at all) and some scenes are edited differently than the theatrical cut making said scenes more intense!

      • I think the Unrated is on Netflix. I’ll check it out here soon.

        • J Jett

          cool! just remember the first and second acts in the film are 90% big action/big action set pieces and 10% horror. then the last act (which is completely different in tone/atmosphere from the first 2 acts and is the most “horror”-ish part of the movie) is scaled down/more intimate (setting-wise). i hope you like it!

          • Yeah action tinged with horror tends to drive me nuts. I’m still interested to see what a mega budget, Brad Pitt starring zombie film looks like though.

          • Creepshow

            Oh boy. You have my sympathies.

  • Maxime C

    What a funny headline.

  • J Jett

    let’s get on with it already!! i loved the first film but the longer they wait/delay the greater the chances are for people to lose interest (not to mention zombie fatigue seems to already be reaching a critical point).

  • The Drucifer

    Just reboot the thing and adapt the book as a documentary series for HBO or Netflix.

    Show us the battle of Yonkers through old recordings and helmet cam footage. Have him walk through the fields of Canada walking over discarded consumerism and ill preparedness topped with thawed corpses of those who Knew no better.

    Have him meet with a staff whose job it is to care for the feral children raised in the wilds of the zombie apocalypse.

    Literally anything but the movie.

    • J Jett

      even though i loved the movie, it kills me that we probably will never get a faithful Battle of Yonkers sequence that the book had.

      • The Drucifer

        the audiobook for wwz is great. Mark Hamill did the Yonkers if I remember right. It got a bunch of interesting actors and max brooks and just acted like they were his interview recordings really cool

  • Creepshow

    The first film was very lucky to have The Walking Dead hype prior. Because it was destined to fail from the start, with a bloated budget, reshoots, etc.

    And let’s not for get about the MOST important thing….It had squat to do with the excellent story it should have told. I feel bad for the people that loved the book, because they got burned so bad. (I mean…REALLY BAD)

    • Cure4Humanity

      That’s how I felt to a T. I’ve been in love with the novel since I read it (enough so that I read it 3 more times after). I was pretty let down with what the film turned into. It has its merits, and it’s pretty rare that a big budget horror film gets the kind of attention that World War Z did. Either way though, it was infuriating to watch until I was able to separate myself from my love of the book.

      • Creepshow

        I look at it as…Brad Pitt injected himself with a (choose your own) virus, in order to stay alive. So afterwards he won’t get sniffed out by zombies, but he still might die later of AIDS (or whatever virus of your choice).

        • Cure4Humanity

          Lol, fair point.

          • Creepshow

            So now the dopey sequel should start with Pitt having an awful virus/disease, that he willingly injected himself with. Ridiculous

  • ZIPPY

    I like onions.

  • ChinoX813

    It blows my mind that a guy like Fincher who could basically call his own shots in hollywood would even consider this. His friendship with Pitt must run really, really deep. Not saying it might not be a good film but I just figured there are other films a guy in his positon might want to do instead.

    • J Jett

      Chino, i was thinking the same thing!

      • ChinoX813

        Really? This kind of movie to me seems like something for a less polished director. I’m a pretty big fan of the guy and I guess I just expect better of him then “World War Z 2”. It’s like if I woke up hearing Martin Scorsese’s next film is going to be “Iron Man 5” or whatever. Nothing wrong with these kinds of movies but talented directors with pull in Hollywood should flex their muscles to break the mold and leave these kinds of things to the journeymen of the industry. Just my thoughts on it.

        • J Jett

          Chino, i agree 100%. you worded it perfectly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Richter Belmont

    As much as I liked the first film and Fincher, I think I’ll wait for ‘Train to Busan’ and pretend it’s a sequel to ‘WWZ’.

    • J Jett

      god, i want them to put TRAIN TO BUSAN on VOD (since it wasn’t playing at a theater near me)!! i’m dying to see it!

  • Aaron King

    The first film was just ok. Sequels are usually inferior and this will probably be no exception.

    • MrBrit

      Aliens was a good sequel!!

      • PsychoMantis18

        No. It wasn’t.

        • Meisha’s Taint

          Yes it was

          • PsychoMantis18

            I’m sure it was right up your brain-dead alley.

            Wedge a regualr viewing in between your finger-paints and nap-time I bet…

          • zob rombie

            You sound mad ๐Ÿ™

          • Vincent Kane

            More like a sad panda :'(

          • PsychoMantis18

            How so?

          • Rohan Sorensen

            Don’t worry, his opinions are garbage. He just likes to insult you because he knows that he was born without taste.

      • J Jett

        i agree ALIENS is a very good sequel.

        • The Drucifer

          Aliens is a great sequel unless you were into the backstory of the derelict. I love the film but I would have killed for a more lovecraftian sequel. Something like In the Mountains of Madness to the originals Dagon.

          My only real complaint for ALIENS is turning the xeno into a bug. They diluted your fear of the unknown when you could compare it to something. Getting to do a dbl feature for Alien day at The Alamo was a fucking treat.

    • PsychoMantis18

      Except that this may have an awesome director attatched and the first was suckish….. So good chance this will be better….

    • zob rombie

      Except David Fincher. There’s no way this movie’s gonna be worse than the first.

  • PsychoMantis18

    Ohhhhhhh god yes

  • Meisha’s Taint

    Is this the best movie he can do? Really? It almost seems like a joke

  • Kristoffer Groves

    REBOOT

  • lonestarr357

    As long as they cut back on the unintentional comedy, I have a good feeling about the follow-up. Still, Fincher is about the last choice I’d have expected.

    Can you imagine a Trent Reznor score for a movie like this?

  • WWZ was the worst zombie movie I’ve seen. No violence (the zombies only bite and run away) and so predictable (the plane crashed and only Brad Pitt survived).

    • Creepshow

      You are correct sir. And that plane crash was one of the many laughable things about that movie. It was also hilarious how two of the main characters are called Gerry & Thierry. XD

    • J Jett

      well to be fair, Jerry and female soldier Segan (who was awesome!) both survived. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Bobby Jones

      but it did inspire a great episode of South Park in World War Zimmerman

      • lonestarr357

        Did someone change the meaning of the word ‘great’ without telling me?

        • Matt

          The definition of the word great IS South Park!

  • Karloff

    I must wonder WHY THE HELL they’ve waited to release a shitty and forgettable first film, to pursue a talented director such as Fincher only for the sequel… (which, by the way, I don’t understand why they’re even making one).

  • Mr. Dry

    That would be pretty epic.

  • Cameron Fraser

    Wow what a waste of a talented director that would be.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Awesome, I’ve been waiting for the 2nd film to pick up so hopefully this falls through.

  • CUJO

    Shhhheeeeiiitttt negro! That’s all you had to say!

  • Matt

    After reading the comments here, it appears that I am one of the few who think this sounds promising. Fincher is a good director, and would likely deliver a solid effort. While WWZ isn’t anywhere near the top of the Zombie heap, it is far from the bottom.

  • RoboDouche

    I don’t see why film makes buy the rights to a book and then ignore it completely. And a zombie movie with no blood and CGI zombie hordes was just rediculous.

    Having a decent director could help but I’m not excited about it that’s for sure.

    I though World War Z was an expensive turd to be honest. Having said that if they make a decent movie I’m in.

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