Bayona Explains Departing “World War Z 2”

Before he signed on to direct “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” filmmaker J.A. Bayona was linked to another studio sequel tentpole film – the sequel to “World War Z” at Paramount Pictures.

Bayona, coming off acclaim for the likes of “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” was attached to “World War Z 2” briefly but ultimately left the Brad Pitt-led project to make ‘Fallen Kingdom’ instead – allowing for David Fincher to ultimately step in and take over the zombie tale.

Speaking with Den of Geek this week, Bayona revealed that though he thought “World War Z 2” had potential, he ultimately departed because the film’s start date was approaching and he simply wasn’t ready:

“We were working on that project for around a year, and we had a great idea. We were very excited. We designed great set pieces, and we were very excited with the direction we were taking with the film, but somehow, we never found a way to connect it all together.”

He then advised Paramount as much and stepped down, segueing to the “Jurassic World” sequel instead. Paramount still plans to make the film and Bayona says he’s keen to see it after hearing some of the plans the studio has for it.