‘World War Z’ Opening So Massive, Sequel In Development

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With the successful $111.8 million worldwide debut of zombie extravaganza World War Z (read our review) – which is Bead Pitt’s largest opening ever as an actor – Paramount Pictures actively will turn to developing a sequel, studio vice chairman Rob Moore tells The Hollywood Reporter. The tentpole earned $66 million in North America, the best opening for an original live-action tentpole since Avatar, and $45.8 million from its first 25 foreign markets.

I guess you can polish a turd into chocolate cake?

The site continues, World War Z initially was envisioned as a trilogy, but those plans were shelved when the movie ran into trouble, requiring extensive reworking of the last act. Initially set to open in December 2012, the movie’s release date was pushed back to June, prompting many in Hollywood to anticipate a blood bath.

But in a happy reversal of fortune, World War Z is off to a strong start, both in terms of its commercial and critical appeal. It will need to stay strong to make up for its $190 million budget, however. Paramount appears confident it will, judging by the fact that its reviving plans for further installments. It’s the biggest debut of Pitt’s career.

Skydance Productions co-financed World War Z, which also was made in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films. Pitt produced via his company Plan B, with Marc Forster directing.

 
  • WalkingDeadGuy

    I loved the movie, it’s everything a summer blockbuster should be…I’m glad for it’s success and look forward to a sequel, however, with all the trouble it had while in production, I doubt Brad Pitt will be eager to jump back in to the role.

    • djblack1313

      WalkingDeadGuy, Brad has already stated in interviews, he’s all set to return for the sequel!! i’m psyched!

      • WalkingDeadGuy

        @djblack1313 That’s great, I thought he was great in the role!

  • weresmurf

    You can also polish a turd, straight up. Mythbusters proved it… just sayin’. But alas a turd is, despite being shiny, still a turd.

    • PeteyHalfSox

      I saw “Man of Steel” too

    • doomas10

      The film is not a turd. The first 90 minutes are frenatically insane. Marc Forster despite all the occurring difficulties, pulled it off nicely.

  • djblack1313

    WalkingDeadGuy me too! i saw the movie twice and i might go see it again! i didn’t love it but i really really liked it! BRING ON THE SEQUEL!

    p.s. i hope Segen will be in the sequel. she was awesome!

    • WalkingDeadGuy

      @djblack1313 I agree. It definitely had its problems, but I thought it was one hell of an entertaining thrill ride…Segen was great, the actress who plays her reminds me a lot of ‘High Tension’s Cecile De France; she kicked ass.

      • djblack1313

        @WalkingDeadGuy, are we twins? LOL. I THOUGHT THE SAME THING THAT Danielle Kertesz (Segen) WAS SIMILAR TO AWESOME CECILE DE FRANCE!!! lol. i love Cecile and i’m now a HUGE fan of Danielle’s!

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    I saw this last night and I had fun. Is it a masterpiece? No. Is it the be all end all of zombie films? No. But it’s an entertaining summer movie with some pretty cool sequences and not as much horrid CGI as I initially thought it would feature.

  • Evan3

    I don’t really care about this one way or the other unless it prompts studios to continue investing into the occasional big budget horror film. Also, everyone should go check out the original ending – the studio really wussed out.

  • doomas10

    It was great! It was way more tense than I thought. The Israel segment deserves the ticket price alone! Also, leaping zombies – terrifying! Surprisingly, Pitt was really good in a more subtle than usual role. A bit disappointing was the lack of blood but Forster has confirmed that the blu ray will be unrated here http://www.movie-censorship.com/news_en.php?ID=5646! Yes!

  • Canucklehead

    It was a mediocre adaptation of the book. Agree that it was a reasonably amusing summer time popcorny film. Wonder if this is reverse marketing at work? Everyone predicted how bad it would be and when it wasnt, it was super awesome amazing.

  • Laurasaur25

    Hopefully (though doubtfully) the sequel will be R. The only thing I disliked about WWZ was the lack of gore. Other than that it was a great movie.