Paramount is reportedly not moving forward with World War Z 2 anymore. The studio turned a troubled production into a surprising $540 million hit at the box office and have since been looking to make a sequel starring Brad Pitt. At one point J.A. Bayona was set to direct the sequel, but then he left and directed Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom instead. The void in the director's chair appeared to maybe be a blessing in disguise as David Fincher then took over.
Fincher and Pitt have a long working relationship dating all the way back to Se7en in 1995. They went on to collaborate on Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but a pairing on World War Z 2 would be their biggest project commercially so far. Despite the movie having Pitt and Fincher secured, it has been a struggle to get going. There have been several delays due to Pitt joining Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Fincher's work on season 2 of Mindhunter. But, it finally appeared time for the sequel to happen with reports circling that filming could begin this summer.
It was recently reported that Paramount was eyeing a March start of production on World War Z 2, but the studio told Screen Rant that they had yet to set a start date, and now we know why. According to a report from The Playlist, Paramount pulled the plug on World War Z 2 last night. The film's budget was reportedly "definitely an issue" and this report claims that Pitt is not happy about the decision to cancel the project. THR confirmed the report of Paramount stopping pre-production on the sequel, but they also said it is unclear if the project is completely dead or if it will go back into development.
If this report is accurate, then this may very well result in World War Z 2 never being made. This doesn't appear to be an issue of the studio not agreeing with the director's vision, but rather Paramount not being confident that the sequel would be a worthy endeavor. After all, they didn't decide to fire Fincher and start a search for a new director - their decision was to scrap the project entirely.
Barring a change of heart by Paramount or a new pitch from a different director, it appears that the World War Z franchise will end before it ever really began. As disappointing as this may be for fans of the 2013 film, it does allow for Fincher and Pitt's schedules to clear up a bit. Neither Fincher nor Pitt have any future commitments to imminent projects, so if they do want to work together again now that they won't be able to on World War Z 2, they could make it happen sooner than later. Pitt will star in two 2019 releases in the meantime with Ad Astra and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood hitting theaters this year, while the second season of Mindhunter is expected to drop this year to deliver some new Fincher material.