David Fincher Inches Closer to Directing 'World War Z' Sequel

David Fincher Inches Closer to Directing 'World War Z' Sequel

Apr 27, 2017

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Whenever a change occurs in the top executive ranks at movie studios, projects that are in development are reconsidered. Typically, the new boss wants to put his or her own stamp on the studio's output. It's not unusual for projects that have been in development for years to get the boot.

Sometimes, though, it means that a project placed on a back burner by the previous administration gets moved to the front burner. Recently, for example, Jim Gianopulos became the new chairman and CEO at Paramount Pictures, so he's been looking at all the studio's projects to decide which ones to keep and which ones to let go.

As a result of his deliberations, a sequel to World War Z is once again moving forward, according to Variety. Reportedly, Brad Pitt will reprise his role and David Fincher will direct.

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Nothing has been finalized yet, so we'll have to tamp down our enthusiasm for now. But Gianopulos gave the green light to Fincher's last feature, Gone Girl, which was a big success for everyone involved, while he was running Twentieth Century Fox and good relationships between filmmakers and studios can make all the difference for the talent involved.

Released in 2013, World War Z experienced issues during production, especially in regard to its third act. Those issues were resolved and the big-budget movie ended up earning more than $540 million at the box office worldwide.

In light of the budget and the loss of director Marc Forster, who opted not to return, a sequel was not guaranteed. Still, Brad Pitt said he and his team were "compiling ideas" for a new installment.

Director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) boarded the project late that year; writers Steven Knight and Dennis Kelly came and went over the next couple of years. So did Bayona last year, which eventually led to Pitt reaching out to Fincher. The actor and director previously teamed on Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Fincher is experienced in directing big-budget, effects-heavy productions and he is more than qualified to make an effective thriller, as he's proven time and time again. It's also been three years since Gone Girl, and while's been busy making television shows, he may be itching to sit in the director's chair for a feature once more. As fans of Fincher, Pitt and zombies, we certainly hope so!

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