After what seemed like countless turbulent circumstances surrounding this project, World War Z 2 rises back from the dead once again after Variety reported that director David Fincher is close to helming the sequel to the 2013 zombie hit starring Brad Pitt.
Pitt had been wooing Fincher to direct the pic for quite some time now, to which the notoriously selective director had also shown interest. However, the plans were temporarily put on hold when marital issues between Pitt and Angelina Jolie came up. To add insult to injury, Paramount Pictures, which was overseen at that time by Brad Grey, decided to pull the plug and took the film off from the studio’s calendar.
But now that Jim Gianopulos has taken over as the new chairman and CEO of the studio, things are looking bright for the World War Z sequel as knowledgeable sources say he is expected to greenlight the project in the coming weeks, with production expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018.
Gianopulos and Fincher’s relationship have existed for a long time now, their most recent collaboration being the critically acclaimed film Gone Girl back in 2014, where the former gave permission to go ahead with the project when he was still chairman at 20th Century Fox.
After Gone Girl, David Fincher hasn’t been active with film. He shifted his attention to the small screen, where he recently shot the pilot episode of Mindhunters at Netflix.
Fincher and Pitt almost teamed up on a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake for Disney, but the project didn’t move forward. If the World War Z sequel gets the go signal, then this would mark Fincher and Pitt’s fourth collaboration after working together in Se7en, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
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