They said it couldn't be done. Folks thought that World War Z could never be adapted into a Hollywood motion picture that captured the thrills and scares of Max Brooks' best selling novel of post-apocalyptic remembrance. Depending on who you are, that claim could be debated; however what can't be debated is the fact that the 2013 film was an absolute hit! So, naturally, a sequel was put into development, and World War Z 2 went from pipe dream to ongoing concern in that moment.
With a release date that hasn't quite been tied down yet (we'll get into that in a bit), it seems like a good time to sift through the facts that we know, as well as speculate on the facts we don't have just yet. Throughout the next couple of pages, we'll take a look at everything on the table, and piece together what we feel to be the future of World War Z 2. Keep in mind, this feature is based off of the knowledge we have at the current moment, and will be refreshed as major developments occur. So bookmark this page for future reference, as this is our guide to What We Know So Far about World War Z 2.
What Is The World War Z 2 Rating?
More than likely, Paramount is going to want to keep the rating to World War Z 2 in the same ballpark as World War Z. This means we're expecting a solid PG-13 rating to be bestowed upon this second round of zombie carnage, with the possibility for an "unrated cut" heading to Blu-ray after the film hits home video. With the previous film grossing $590 million worldwide, during the summer of 2013, the PG-13 rating didn't hurt the film's chances at the box office, despite the controversy among horror fans. However, considering the controversy that the previous PG-13 outing had raised with fans of the source material, as well as fans of zombie flicks altogether, Paramount could revise their plans and bump the film up to an R rating.
What Is The World War Z 2 Release Date?
Hang on, folks, because development on this movie got real tricky, real fast. For a while, World War Z 2 was penciled in for a June 9, 2017 release date. But, after original director J.A. Bayona left the film, along with other behind the scenes shuffles, it was taken off the schedule mere months before that date hit. Naturally, we weren't surprised that the release date was bumped up to a 2018 - 2019 release date, particularly with reports that Paramount was reluctant to give the film a full greenlight. In the summer of 2017, David Fincher finally committed to directing the project in full, along with Brad Pitt agreeing to reprise his leading role. But, just a few months later, in November, Fincher admitted that while a script had been written, the story was still being worked on. That delay allowed Pitt, in early 2018, to begin filming his latest collaboration with Quentin Tarantino, stopping the film from getting underway sooner. Then, with Pitt off filming with Tarantino, Fincher's commitment to the second season of his Netflix show Mindhunter got in the way, meaning that instead of beginning to work on WWZ2 at the end of 2018, the director would be heading up his series, instead. In other words, we probably won't see filming begin on this movie until early 2019, so a release before 2020 is highly unlikely.
With World War Z director Marc Forster deciding not to direct the sequel to his summer hit, the search was on for a directing candidate who could step in. The first, and up until recently, only, candidate was The Orphanage director J.A. Bayona, who entered the ring a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, after around 2 years or so of development, Bayona dropped out of the project, as not only did his duties on A Monster Calls demand his attention, but he also picked up another gig in the meantime. Then again, if we were given the opportunity to direct Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, we'd have to jump at that chance as well.
While 2017 brought word that the possible replacement for J.A. Bayona's vacant director's chair was David Fincher, who was labeled as "very creatively interested in directing the movie," it's clear that for WWZ2 to really get underway it's going to take quite a bit of maneuvering from all involved parties. For a while, the studio was making a big deal about delaying a greenlight under former Paramount chairman Brad Grey, but his successor, Jim Gianopulos wasn't as shy about making a deal. With a proper director and the star of the original looking to make it happen, let's hope that World War Z 2 comes together within the next couple of years.