What did we expect from a movie that ended with the line “This isn’t the end. Not even close.”
Variety reported earlier today that Steven Knight will be writing the screenplay for the sequel to the 2013 Brad Pitt zombie pandemic thriller World War Z. J.A. Bayona will direct the sequel which will bring back Brad Pitt and presumably continue the story of UN employee Gerry Lane and a ton of very fast zombies (no plot details have been announced).
It’s not shocking to me that a new writer and director have been brought in for the sequel to the surprise hit (surprising only considering the well-publicized drama involved during the production). Even with all of the on-set disagreements and massive rewrites, the film managed to pull itself together and pull audiences into the theater. World War Z has made over $540,000,000 worldwide since its release.
Steven Knight was credited with writing three screenplays for films that were released in 2013: Locke, Closed Circuit, and Redemption which starred Jason Statham. In 2002 he was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Dirty Pretty Things.
J.A Bayona directed the 2012 tsumani film The Impossible which starred Naomi Watts and the 2007 horror film The Orphanage. I thought The Orphanage was an impressively tense and scary film and I can’t wait to see what he does with the Z sequel. I think Bayona could soon be the kind of director where you get excited when you see his name in the credits of a film.
Are you excited about another World War Z film?