David Fincher Directing World War Z 2

Late last summer, we heard that Brad Pitt was hoping to wrangle his Se7en, Fight Club and Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher to get behind the camera for the gestating sequel to the zombie pandemic thriller World War Z. Since the project didn’t really feel like Fincher’s cup of tea, especially after he publicly discussed his displeasure directing Alien 3 all the way back in 1992, we didn’t think this would ever come to fruition. Then we heard the fillmmaker was actively interested in the project earlier this year, and now David Fincher directing World War Z 2 is very close to becoming a reality. Read More »

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Six months ago it was reported David Fincher (The Social Network) was in talks to direct World War Z 2, following director J.A. Bayona‘s (A Monster Calls) departure from the sequel. Yesterday Paramount finally scrapped the project’s 2017 summer release date. But the good news is Fincher is still considering the World War Z sequel. The meticulous filmmaker reportedly wants to make a film that’s not as costly as Marc Forster’s $200 million popcorn movie, which came out a success story after a troubled production.

Below, learn more about Fincher’s involvement with the World War Z sequel.

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Paramount’s making some changes to its 2017 release calendar. Both the long-gestating World War Z sequel and the even longer-gestating Friday the 13th reboot have been pulled off the schedule entirely. Meanwhile, in happier news, Darren Aronofsky‘s mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence, is now set to come out this fall. Click through for all the latest details. Read More »

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I’ll file this one under “I’ll believe it when I see it,” but here goes nothing: it seems that Brad Pitt and Paramount are currently courting David Fincher to direct the sequel to 2013’s World War Z. Nothing has been confirmed and no dotted lines have been John Hancocked, but the Gone Girl director seems to be current choice to take over the project. There’s a lot of baggage to sort through here and a dozen different reasons while he would say no to this job, but let’s take a moment to imagine a zombie apocalypse film directed by a filmmaker as meticulous and remorseless as Fincher. That would be the exact kick in the rear this burgeoning franchise needs.

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Someone needs to write a book about the production of World War Z. It shouldn’t happen now – too many people involved have a vested interest in keeping their mouths shut – but as the years roll on and lips start to loosen, someone needs to track down everyone involved and get the whole story. The infamously troubled production, which endured several calamities before its final 45 minutes were completely scrapped, rewritten, and reshot, sounds like a genuinely fascinating ordeal.

And its sequel isn’t getting off to a smooth start, either. A little more than two years after signing up for the job, director Juan Antonio Bayona has stepped away from the film, which was supposed to shoot this year for a 2017 release. Are we allowed to talk about this series being cursed yet? Because it’s one more major setback away from being totally cursed.

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World War Z 2 writer

After a first draft of the script for World War Z 2 was completed back in August by Locke writer and director Steven Knight, the sequel is continuing to move forward with a new writer taking a crack at the next draft.

Dennis Kelly, the creator of the British television series Utopia, will write the new draft of the follow-up to the Paramount Pictures adaptation of Max Brooks‘ novel that hit theaters in 2013. And while the project is staying on track to hit theaters in the summer of 2017, there was almost a hiccup with keeping the director on the project. Read More »

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We’ve got new posters, clips, promos, really long pitches for movies that’ll never get made… you name it. After the jump:

  • Turns out we already saw those new Star Trek Beyond uniform weeks ago
  • Chris Hemsworth shares a selfie to mark the end of Ghostbusters shooting
  • Steven Knight has just completed the latest draft of World War Z 2
  • Ed Boon reveals the Terminator was considered for Mortal Kombat X
  • Director Ed Zwick teases some impressive action for Jack Reacher 2
  • Katniss and company stand tall in a new Hunger Games: Mockingjay banner
  • Bryan Cranston pays homage to Star Wars in the latest Kung Fu Panda 3 promo
  • Thomas sits down for a chat in the first Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials clip
  • Max Landis reveals what his American Ultra 2 and Chronicle 2 would have been
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‘World War Z’ Sequel Sets 2017 Release

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Paramount has set the debut date for the World War Z sequel, with a mid-summer 2017 release targeted, rather than a 2016 bow. Specifically, the film is set for the same date on which Fox has already planted a flag for Fantastic Four 2. So which one will move? We’ll talk about that below, and give you news of the counter-programming strategy Universal has devised to compete with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Read More »

World War Z 2

One of the biggest movie surprises of 2013 was the success of World War Z. The film hit theaters carrying some significant behind the scenes baggage, but ended up grossing over $200 million in the US and over $500 million internationally. It was a massive hit and talk of a sequel began to heat up soon after the film’s release. Not much happened on that front during 2014 but now, we finally have a small update on World War Z 2, scheduled to be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona for a 2016 release.

Steven Knight, the writer and director of Locke, and writer of Eastern Promises, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Dirty Pretty Things and Seventh Son, is writing a treatment for the sequel. He suggested the film wouldn’t be what fans are expecting. He said he’s starting with a “clean slate.” Read more about World War Z 2 below. Read More »

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The sequel to 2013’s surprise hit World War Z just found another important building block. A few months back, director  Juan Antonio Bayona was tapped to direct the film and now Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight has been hired to write the screenplay.  Read More »