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David Fincher Targets Jan. 2018 Shoot for ‘World War Z’ Sequel

Even though the film was a complete mess, I quite liked World War Z, Paramount Pictures’ zombie film starring Brad Pitt. Even with the troubled production being openly publicized, the film was such a huge success (grossing over $500 million at the worldwide box office) that the studio quickly announced plans for a sequel. After all of the issues with the first, it appears they’ve been meticulously developing the follow-up in hopes of avoiding the near trainwreck of the first.

Variety announced today that David Fincher is officially locked in with plans to begin filming in January 2018, which could put the sequel in theaters as early as Christmas 2018 (but most likely summer of 2019). The one caveat is that the studio’s new Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos (probably one of the people responsible for killing Friday the 13th) has yet to actually greenlight the film, although it’s anticipated to happen in the coming weeks.

As previously reported, Pitt will once again star as former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane, who heads on a worldwide search to find the source of the infection and, with luck, a way to halt its spread.

World War Z would reteam Fincher with Pitt, who collaborated on Se7en and Fight Club. The music video director broke into filmmaking with the 1993 Alien3, and went on to direct Panic Room, Zodiac, The Social Network and Gone Girl.



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  • Golic

    I don’t understand this decision by Fincher at all…this is so beneath him.

    • Vesuvian Villain

      Completely agreed. What in the fuck is going on here? I keep thinking I misread this. Is Brad Pitt that persuasive? Oh well, I’m watching it. I’m watching the shit out of a Fincher horror.

      • J Jett

        even though I’m psyched Fincher is directing this, i DO kind of agree w/ you & Golic in that Fincher directing this new WWZ movie seems bizarre (or whatever) but it’s not like Fincher is against directing a sequel or a remake/reboot(?) from time to time (ALIEN 3 & GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO). i don’t mean that as a knock against Fincher or any of his films. 🙂

  • J Jett

    awesome! I loved the first film. i just wish it was starting production a bit sooner but at least Fincher is officially on board!

    • Vesuvian Villain

      I’m calling shenanigans. Someone kidnapped Fincher’s first born child or something. Probably Brad. This movie is the ransom.

  • Ocelot006 .

    Damn. Fincher wouldn’t even do Steve Jobs without getting final cut.

  • Wil McMullen

    I wasnt a fan of Fincher’s ‘Alien3’, but he more then made up for it with ‘Se7en’. I havent seen much of his other body of work to formulate any real opinion other then, I hope he does a good job on the next World War Z installment. I enjoyed the first one so I’m hopeful.

    • Vesuvian Villain

      Never saw Fight Club, Social Network, Zodiac, Panic Room, Gone Girl?

      I had no idea Fincher was attached to this.. or why he would agree to it or be interested whatsoever. Now I’m kind of excited. I hope he’s not on some kind of meth binge.

      • Wil McMullen

        I loved ‘Panic Room’ but i had no clue he was the director. The rest i’ve never seen but heard about. I need to find fight club cause i always wanted to see that.

      • J Jett

        “…I hope he’s not on some kind of meth binge”….LOL! V, i know I’ve said before but you are freaking hilarious! 🙂

        EDIT:
        unless that comment you made was serious and Fincher has had a public(?) drug addiction to meth. then i wouldn’t laugh. addiction sucks.

        • Vesuvian Villain

          I don’t think Fincher uses meth but hey, we’re on a message board. Let’s just say he does. TMZ ahoy!!

          • J Jett

            done and DONE! 🙂

  • Judge Satchmo

    $500 Billion? Must be a peach of a hand.

    • Munchie

      Where you goin with that shotgun?

  • The worst zombie film of all time will get a sequel? Hell no!

  • diapers

    It amuses me that so many have to preface the fact that they liked WWZ with a disclaimer. Case in point the author of this piece. Folks, its OKAY to like a movie just because you like it! I had a blast with WWZ. I also had a blast with Splatter University. Its all good.

  • Vesuvian Villain

    The single most important thing this movie can accomplish is to completely erase any memory of Brad Pitt’s haircut in the first film.

    If anyone can do it, it’s Fincher.

    • diapers

      Agreed. The first film, I ranted insane at the screen about the goddamn Brad Pitt hair. I’d take the dutch boy hair over that shit he had going.

    • J Jett

      LOL. i kind of liked his hair in the first WWZ. i hope the female Israeli soldier Segen (Daniella Kertesz) will be in this sequel. she was badass and gorgeous (and she had a great hairstyle!).

      • Vesuvian Villain

        Agreed. She was sexy even with one arm. Two arms missing would be pushing it though. Handjobs get weird then.

        • J Jett

          LOL!! 🙂

  • Vesuvian Villain

    Whether you thought the first movie sucked or not, you’ve gotta love that teeth chattering zombie down there. That guy was hilarious. I know he was probably trying to be scary but I can’t stop laughing. He probably hits zombie girls up with that shit at the lab.

  • Finch! What the heck are you doing?

  • ScriptGiverrrr

    Gianopulos was hired well well well well well well well well well well after Friday was canned. Google is your friend, Brad.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    Its chris mathews

  • Simon Allen

    Now that the new head of Paramount has put this as a go again I wonder if Friday the 13th has a chance of a comeback at the studio ?

    • J Jett

      god i hope so! DAMN YOU SIMON!! now you kind of got me hoping that we will be hearing/reading news any day now that F13 part 13 has been given the go ahead! 🙂

      • Simon Allen

        Stranger things have happened JJ ….lets keep our fingers crossed !!

  • The_Gentleman

    This is a stunning development. Fincher is a true genius and auteur. He must see something in the material and/or they’ve developed something unique for the sequel. Maybe he’s he’s going to go back to the book and be more faithful and intelligent. I enjoyed the first one but have never rewatched it. I trust Fincher’s judgement. There’s something here we don’t know about yet. He’s not a “hired gun” guy. He could do anything he wants. I’m excited for a David Fincher zombie movie. I’d be excited for any Fincher movie.

  • Golic

    This film needs Fincher WAY more than Fincher needs this film.

  • Colonel Ives

    I think this is brads redemption. the first one his character had nothing to work with and the movie was fucking awful. I trust anything Fincher does and I think Brad Pitt is extremely talented when given the right material and direction. Also, don’t forget about Benjamin button, I wouldn’t say it’s finchers best but rewatch it from time to time

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