The first World War Z film had a difficult time getting through its production, but eventually created a pretty good movie. The sequel has had some difficulty just getting off the ground, but now it looks like it may be close to taking a big step. After losing his first director, Brad Pitt may have found somebody new to take the helm of World War Z 2. And the best part is, he knows the man well. The guy who directed him in Seven, David Fincher.
David Fincher hasn't directed a feature film since 2014's Gone Girl, but the word is that he's at least somewhat interested in the World War Z follow up. Either that or he just likes having lunch with Brad Pitt. Variety is reporting that the two met a couple weeks ago to discuss the project, and while Fincher wasn't particularly interested, talks are apparently still going on, which implies that things are moving forward. At least part of the reason that talks are moving forward reportedly actually is the fact that Fincher and Bratt Pitt are close, and the director is always willing to listen when Pitt wants to talk. Hopefully, the actor, who is also producing the film, can convince the man who directed him in Fight Club to do so once again.
Originally, J.A. Bayona, the director of The Orphanage, was going to direct World War Z 2, however, then the Jurassic World sequel came along and stole him away, leaving the zombie sequel dead in the water. Reportedly, one of the sticking points for David Fincher actually is the fact that the movie is a sequel. Fincher is apparently gunshy of sequels ever since his days with Alien 3 . The experience wasn't a good one for him any more than it was for fans of the franchise.
If there's a silver lining to World War Z 2's problems getting going, it's that production issues seem to be par for the course for this franchise, yet it doesn't impact the bottom line. The original World War Z famously went back and filmed massive reshoots which, among other things, completely changed the ending of the film. While this added significant expense to the film, and led many to question whether the final product would be any good, in the end, it didn't matter, as the film went on to gross over a half billion dollars at the box office and get solid critical praise as well.
World War Z 2 is currently scheduled for release on June 9, 2017. However, due to the fact that the film has had to delay itself to look for a new director, it's very likely that release date will change.
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