David Fincher will reunite with Brad Pitt to direct World War Z 2, though the film continues to be mired in production delays.
World War Z turned out to be quite a decent film, given the large amount of negative press it generated during the build-up to its release. Granted, it didn’t have the most notable resemblance to the Max Brooks novel on which it was based. Yet, the 2013 Brad Pitt-headlined feature overcame having its back third restructured late in the day, and went on to gross $540 million at the box office.
Unfortunately, even with the promising acquisition of David Fincher as director, the seemingly inevitable World War Z 2 has hit plenty of obstacles getting off the ground. – We’ll explain:
World War Z 2 News
World War Z 2 has delayed production until this fall, according to a tweeted update from a Variety reporter.
The claim lines up with the recent news that star Brad Pitt has joined Leonardo DiCaprio in director Quentin Tarantino’s crime drama, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; a production that’s more urgent, since it’s attempting to meet an August 9, 2019 release date. Consequently, it appears that production for World War Z 2 – already no stranger to delays – will, allegedly, be put on the backburner for a fall shoot.
The purported delay might be a welcome one by all parties involved with World War Z 2, since director David Fincher has been working with Dennis Kelly, of U.K. television’s Utopia fame, for about a year and a half. Fincher, who, earlier in the film’s pre-production, had his hands full with the development of the would-be Netflix hit TV series, Mindhunter, is currently fielding producer duties on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/Millennium franchise reboot The Girl in the Spider’s Web and drama film Lange. Kelly, on the other hand, has been placed in charge of Amazon’s ultra-ambitious television project, adapting Iain Banks’s sprawling sci-fi novel series, Consider Phlebas, and is attached to the script for a revival of Roald Dahl’s Matilda.
Fincher, who reunites here with star/producer Brad Pitt, having directed him in a trio of classics consisting of Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, was initially asked to come aboard World War Z 2 by Pitt himself and was also apparently convinced by Paramount’s new CEO, Jim Gianopulus.
World War Z 2 Release Date
At one point, World War Z 2 was scheduled for June 9, 2017, but that was yanked ages ago. At this moment, it has no release date. It WAS expected to shoot in early 2018; an idea that was likely nixed, especially with the alleged production shift to this fall. So, maybe we’ll get this somewhere around early 2020?
When World War Z 2 was first announced, the project seemed to be going much more smoothly than the infamous production hiccups experienced by its predecessor. Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises) was attached to write the screenplay and J.A. Bayona, fresh off the indie darling The Impossible and in the midst of filming 2016’s moving A Monster Calls, was poised to direct.