World War Z 2 is starting with a clean slate

Locke and Peaky Blinders writer says that World War Z sequel will start fresh

Brad Pitt showing justifiable cause for concern in World War Z
Brad Pitt showing justifiable cause for concern in World War Z

World War Z definitely divided audiences and critics and the tales of its trainwreck production were the stuff of nightmares, but there’s no hiding the fact that it was a box office smash, and a sequel was quickly greenlit.

Speaking to IndieWire about his work on Locke and Peaky Blinders, writer Steven Knight dropped a couple of very small details about his work on the script for the sequel, which is being directed by The Orphanage‘s JA Bayona.

“I thought, ‘why not? What fun.’ It’s not quite like the other, we’re starting with clean slate. When they’ve signed off we’re on.”

The article mentions an October start for the shoot, with a 2016 release date. There’s been no announcement about casting, though we’d kind of been assuming that Brad Pitt would return to star. It remains to be seen just how much of a clean slate we’ll be getting. One thing that really irritated fans of the book was that the episodic nature of the source material, with its multiple narrators, was ditched in favour of a world-wide hunt for a cure led by Pitt’s character.

Director Marc Foster certainly managed to mount some impressive set-pieces, though, and we’re not opposed to a return to that world, especially with such strong talent behind the camera. Fingers crossed for a smoother journey to the big screen this time round…

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