David Fincher “Close” to Directing WORLD WAR Z Sequel
The road to Paramount’s World War Z sequel hasn’t been an easy one. The zombie hit and Brad Pitt-starrer grossed $540 million worldwide in 2013, making a sequel an easy decision despite the production troubles that plagued the film. The proposed sequel lost its director in J.A. Bayona (who chose to helm the Jurassic World sequel instead) last January, leaving Paramount in search of a new filmmaker to tackle the project.
Last August, it was reported star and producer Brad Pitt had “zeroed in” on his Fight Club director David Fincher for the job. Variety now reports Fincher is “close” to a deal to direct the sequel. Paramount and Skydance Productions are likely headed for an early 2018 production start. Fincher last directed 2014 mega-hit Gone Girl. World War Z 2 was originally slated for a June 9th, 2017 release, a date that obviously won’t be met — if production kicks off first quarter 2018 and all runs smoothly, the earliest we could see the sequel would be 2019.