A World War Z sequel has been in the pipeline for quite some time, but now the man who has been tasked with scribing the film, Steven Knight, has provided an update on it. He’s not only revealed that he’s just finished up writing his first draft of the screenplay, but also the key elements that he loved so much about the original.
Knight, an English screenwriter who has put together a resume of titles including Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises, Peaky Blinders, and Locke throughout his eclectic career, recently spoke to Collider about his work on Pawn Sacrifice, but the conversation turned to the status of World War Z 2, and Knight admitted that he jumped at the opportunity to work on the follow-up because he loved the pace and zip of the first film. He explained,
I think the beauty of the first film was the way that it never paused for breath. It never spent a moment thinking, ‘Hang on a minute, we’d better tell the audience what this is all about.’ It stayed in the moment, it stayed with that person.
Knight certainly has a point. In fact, I have to admit that World War Z’s relentless energy was originally a huge deterrent for myself. However, just a few days after first seeing the film and being disappointed by its lack of coherence, I returned to the cinema to see it again because I couldn’t help but recollect the amount of scintillating blockbuster sequences that it featured. Sure, they were all pieced together in a rather flimsy fashion, but it possessed enough genuine thrills to be deemed a worthy blockbuster.
In addition to keeping the elements that made the first movie enjoyable, hopefully World War Z 2 will also feature lessons learned from its predecessor’s mistakes. Let’s especially cross our fingers and toes that it incorporates the first films visceral energy with a more substantial plot this time out. Steven Knight gave a slight clue for where he plans to take the sequel, teasing that when he was approached to write the film he was asked to "move this along."
Knight added that the follow-up starts with a clean slate, however, he failed to add any further details regarding what Brad Pitt’s Gerry Lane might come up against in the zombie infested flick. However, as Knight teased with his earlier comments, and because, well he’s Brad Pitt, we can expect Pitt to be front and center, and the film to all come from his character’s point of view.
World War Z was blighted by so many production problems that its original release date of December 2012 was pushed all the way back until June 2013. Meanwhile, its original budget of $125 million soon bloated all the way up until $190 million because of issues with the film’s final act . But all of these problems were instantly forgotten when World War Z grossed $540 million at the box office. In fact it’s still the highest grossing zombie film of all time - and we’ll see if World War Z 2 can go on to eclipse this sum when it’s released on June 9, 2017.