On Monday came the news that Paramount Pictures had, unsurprisingly, pulled its proposed “World War Z” sequel from its June 2017 release date and has yet to set a new one. As the film had not yet gone into production, the only surprise with the move was that it took the studio this long to make it official.
Unlike the “Friday the 13th” reboot however, which looks unlikely to come back, the studio is very keen on a follow-up to the 2013 original. So to, and here’s the surprise, is filmmaker David Fincher. THR says the helmer has been rumored to be considering the project and is “very creatively interested in directing the movie” according to their sources.
Serving only as a loose adaptation of Max Brooks’ acclaimed novel, the Marc Forster-directed first feature was a famously troubled production that underwent extensive reshoots. The result though ended up nabbing decent reviews and an impressive $540 million worldwide gross.
Should Fincher hop onboard it would see him re-team with his regular cohort Brad Pitt who starred in three previous Fincher films, budget is also reportedly not an issue as Fincher’s plan would cost notably less than the original’s $190 million budget.
The one dragging their heels on this apparently is Paramount chief Brad Grey who is not ready to greenlight the follow-up, and that’s despite Skydance Productions co-producing and co-financing the film to help mitigate the risk.
Should it go forward, a 2018 or more likely 2019 release would be targeted.