While World War Z may not have been what fans of the book were expecting, I still think it’s a rather fun and entertaining film. Admittedly, the third act had a radically different feel from the first two. The ending felt so small compared to everything that lead up to it, which featured huge and epic set pieces that ventured all over the world.
Even with all the tumultuous problems during production, the film went on to gross well over half a billion dollars in the worldwide box office, so a sequel was kind of inevitable. And today, that sequel makes a big jump forward towards becoming reality as screenwriter Steven Knight has submitted his draft for World War Z 2.
Knight told Collider:
I think the beauty of the first film was the way that it never paused for breath. It never spent a moment thinking, ‘Hang on a minute, we’d better tell the audience what this is all about.’ It stayed in the moment, it stayed with that person.
Reading that, it seems like we’re once again going to stick to one perspective for the sequel rather than the broken narrative of the book, which was essentially a series of interviews with people who survived the zombie apocalypse. While I’d prefer to see an anthology-esque film on the epic level of the first film, I can’t deny that most audiences would probably despise that kind of storytelling.
Supposedly Brad Pitt is somehow attached to World War Z 2, although his role has not yet been announced. Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) has been locked down to direct.
Read our review of the World War Z here.