The sequel has been pulled from release. But it’s not dead yet.
Yesterday hit us with the one-two punch that Paramount had decided to shelve both Friday the 13th and World War Z 2; the former, unfortunately, was then completely canned, while the fate of the latter remains up in the air. From what we understand, Paramount still intends on making the sequel to 2013’s troubled hit, likely now set for release in either 2018 or 2019.
But who would direct World War Z 2, if it ever gets off the ground? We told you last August that Brad Pitt was keen on bringing in frequent collaborator David Fincher to fill the director’s chair that Juan Antonio Bayona departed, and THR reports today Fincher is not at all opposed to the idea. In fact, a source told the site that he’s “very creatively interested in directing the movie.”
They go on to say that Fincher was on board with a version of the sequel penned by Dennis Kelly (“Utopia”), and that he was looking to make it a budget less than the original’s $190 million.
The ball is completely in Paramount’s court here, but if they’re smart, they’ll hand it to Fincher and let him run with it; they should feel damn lucky that he’s even interested.
At this time, World War Z 2 is not on Paramount’s schedule.