Last we heard, the sequel to World War Z (World War Z 2) was cancelled- but Brad Pitt fans can cheer and be excited, for the newest installment of the zombie apocalypse film is back on track. Variety has reported that the notoriously selective director David Fincher is close to signing on for the film.
So, I’m not sure exactly what got him on board, but word is Brad Pitt has been wooing Fincher for another collaboration. Pitt and Fincher previously teamed up on 3 great films; Se7en, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. As both a star and a producer on World War Z 2, Pitt would likely be able to protect Fincher from studio interference.
If Fincher does come on board, he’ll have plenty of time to prep. Production isn’t expected to begin until early 2018, which makes sense since Pitt is slated to start filming on James Gray’s Ad Astra this July. But as Variety points out, another motivating factor was the involvement of Paramount’s new chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos. Gianopulos has not officially greenlit World War Z 2 yet, but is expected to do so in coming weeks. Furthermore, Gianopulos and Fincher have history. They most recently collaborated on Gone Girl, Fincher’s last feature film before he decided to pursue TV projects, his latest being Mindhunters at Netflix.
While Fincher has been wary of directing a sequel ever since his terrible experience on Alien 3, all the pieces are in place for him to do something exciting with World War Z 2. The first movie was a hit, but not to the point where it created an unshakable foundation. Additionally, giving Fincher a blockbuster and providing him the room to succeed could yield bigger projects for the director down the road. So Brad and zombie fans- don’t get too excited yet. Even if it all works out- it will still be 2019 before we see the film in theaters.