‘World War Z’ Sequel Gets an Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter

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2013 was a good year for Brad Pitt; he not only won an Oscar for producing last year’s Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave (which he also costarred in), but also headlined the first (lucrative) installment in a budding franchise, World War Z. The sequel to Pitt’s zombie apocalypse thriller has been slow to develop over the past year – much slower than the infected creatures in the film move, anyway – but it may start picking up speed, now that it has a writer in place.

Juan Antonio Bayona is onboard to direct the currently-untitled World War Z sequel; his past, acclaimed work in the horror genre (The Orphanage) and the natural disaster genre (The Impossible) makes him a logical choice to helm a WWZ movie, which combines elements of both genres. However, between him working on Showtime’s Gothic horror series Penny Dreadful and preparing to direct A Monster Calls for a Fall 2016 release, Bayona has likely been too busy of late to spend that much time plotting out Pitt’s next zombie film.

Then again, seeing how the World War Z sequel has not had a screenwriter officially attached over the past year, there may’ve not been much more than shapeless plot ideas for Bayona to kick around – until now, that is, as Variety‘s sources are confirming that Paramount and Skydance have hired Oscar-nominated writer/director Steven Knight to get to work on a screenplay for the project.

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Tom Hardy in ‘Locke’

Knight’s body of work includes scripts for acclaimed social realism drama/thrillers by directors Stephen Frears (Dirty Pretty Things) and David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises); he’s also fresh off his writing and directing the minimalist storytelling “experiment” Locke, which has also been celebrated for its creative accomplishments (read our review). Pitt is clearly impressed as well, having recently been linked to an “untitled WWII romantic thriller” scripted by Knight; it’s certainly possible that the Hollywood star was partly responsible for bringing Knight over to the World War Z sequel.

All in all, the WWZ followup is shaping up nicely, between the talented behind the scenes crew members and Pitt, ready to reprise as highly-competent U.N. employee, Gerry Lane. The first installment left the door open for the battle between humanity and zombie-kind to continue – without feeling like a cliffhanger a la the film’s original third act/ending – so, again, it’ll be interesting to see what direction Knight (and his collaborators) take the story in.

Are you interested in seeing a World War Z sequel, assuming the plot is up to scratch? Or was the first movie enough, as far as getting your fix of globe-trotting zombie action is concerned?


We’ll keep you posted on the status of the World War Z sequel.

Source: Variety

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  1. please make it even a tiny bit similar to the books this time

  2. The first installment was such a disappointment that I can’t gin up much enthusiasm to see the sequel. And I love everything zombie. I read the book but I couldn’t get through it due to the dull writing. For the project to succeed, it’s gotta say something different about our world that hasn’t already been said by The Walking Dead or George Romero. And say it better than they could.

  3. Zombies = I’m def gonna see it. I didn’t mind the first movie. It felt a bit disjointed because the third act was much smaller-scale than the rest of the movie, but it was fun. Maybe the zombies will move slower once they start to deteriorate more? *hopeful*

  4. The first film was good but the book is great, and I liked the film ending.The film kind of peaked in the middle in Isreal.

  5. i thought they found a cure at the end of WWZ? well not realyl a cure but injecting a host with a serious illness to counter the zombie virus…the plot wil have to be one of 2 things, surviving until that cure heals all the infected or using the cure to start another deadly epidemic

  6. Zombie Banquet: The Second Course Smorgasboard!

  7. Please have at least the Battle of Yonkers. The movie was so so but it paled in comparison to the events described in the book.

  8. I feel like the best way to capture the essence of the books would be to tell somebody else’s side of the story, from another perspective of this apocalypse. It could still pick up in the time after the first movie.

  9. Next on Sick Sad World,

    Still waiting for Dredd 2. Getting World War Z 2 ……*ragequit*

  10. World War Z was pretty bad but given that it came out not long after the excellent Warm Bodies came out maybe it just seemed worse than what it was.

    I just remember thinking it should have been named World War Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  11. Apologies for the bad grammar/

  12. I wonder how the sequel would be…?
    I really thought there’s nothing to continue from the last World War Z. It seems to have wrapped up everything clearly. No cliffhangers etc.

    Oh…maybe the question of Patient Zero and how he got infected and the origin of the virus.

  13. Loved the movie , watch it a lot . Can’t wait for the sequel .when is it due to be released . Brad Pitt is fantastic