World War Z 2 might have just found new candidate for director, and it’s somewhat surprising.
According to Variety, the zombie outbreak film’s star and producer Brad Pitt is currently tapping David Fincher (Se7en, Gone Girl) to lead the sequel after meeting with several other directors. The film is set to start shooting in early 2017.
World War Z 2 originally had JA Bayona (The Impossible) lined up, but the film lost him to the Jurassic World sequel earlier this year.
Skydance and Paramount haven’t commented on Fincher’s possible involvement just yet, but it’s looking likely. Variety’s ‘sources’ have said that Pitt met with Fincher a couple of weeks ago to talk about the project, and now negotiations are starting to happen for reals.
Since directing Alien 3, Fincher has expressed a dislike for getting involved with sequels, but he also has a good track record of working with/listening to Brad Pitt.
If Fincher does ended up officially boarding World War Z 2, it will be the fourth time he and Pitt have worked together, after Fight Club, Se7en and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. The pair nearly worked on a reboot of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea for Disney recently too, but nothing ever came of the initial plans.
World War Z was based on the book of the same name by Max Brooks, was directed by Marc Foster and starred Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale and Ludi Boeken alongside Pitt.
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