Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible,” “The Orphanage”) has dropped out as director of the upcoming “World War Z” sequel at Paramount Pictures, Skydance Pictures and Plan B.
The departure is said to be due to a case of timing. The studio is determined to get this picture into production and ready for a June 9th 2017 release, but Bayona said he needed more time because he has commitments on the Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson-led film he just shot entitled “A Monster Calls”.
As a result, the studio is proceeding without him and say in a statement: “Bayona is no longer able to make World War Z 2 this year, and it is our ambition to do so. He is a wonderful director and we hope to work with him soon.”
Brad Pitt will reportedly reprise his lead role from the first film with a script by Steven Knight that Dennis Kelly rewrote. Shooting will kick off this Summer.