Steven Knight ("Eastern Promises," "Locke") has closed a deal to pen the sequel to "World War Z" at Paramount Pictures and Skydance.
Juan Antonio Bayona ("The Impossible") is already slated to direct and will work closely with Knight on the script. Details of the sequel are being kept under wraps, how much of it will come from the Max Brooks book is also uncertain at this time.
Meanwhile, Carter Blanchard ("Glimmer," "Diver") has been set to pen a new draft of Roland Emmerich's "Independence Day" sequel currently in the works at 20th Century Fox.
Emmerich and Dean Devlin worked on the earliest draft which Jamie Vanderbilt then took a crack at. Emmerich is prepping the film at the same time he shoots his Stonewall riots drama starring Jeremy Irvine.