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.