Last summer, a rumor began circulating that David Fincher- one of the finest directors of our time- was being wooed by his longtime collaborator, Brad Pitt, into directing a sequel to 2013’s World War Z. Fincher’s aversion to mainstream blockbusters and his highly selective filmmaking process made the rumor seem unlikely at the time, but now it sounds like he is very close to making a deal to direct the film!
Variety reports that the project was put on hold so that Pitt could finalize his divorce from Angelina Jolie, but now Paramount Studio’s CEO, Jim Gianopulos, is eager to greenlight the film within a couple of weeks. Gianopulos has a relationship with Fincher that extends beyond his current role in the studio. They’ve collaborated in the past on Fight Club and Gone Girl. Production is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2018.
World War Z performed okay with critics (it earned a score of 67% on Rotten Tomatoes), but it did not perform well at the domestic box office. It earned $202 million against a production budget of $190 million. International receipts contributed towards a worldwide total of $540,007,876. Fans of Max Brooks’ book, upon which the film was based, had mixed feelings about the movie. While it’s likely that Fincher will bring an entirely new perspective to the franchise, he has his work cut out for him in terms of winning back fans who were disappointed by the first entry. It’s safe to say that his close working relationship with Pitt played a major part in this project happening, and it’s unlikely Fincher would touch this project with a ten foot pole if it wasn’t for this longtime partnership. One thing’s for sure, though: given Fincher’s commitment to excellence and his artistic standards, this development is the best possible scenario for World War Z‘s return to the cinema.
Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on the sequel to World War Z as it breaks!