It’s starting to look like David Fincher is finally moving out of studio blockbuster retirement for the sequel to Brad Pitt’s World War Z. Fincher had previously sore off making large studio films after his horrid experience making Alien 3 for 20th Century Fox, after being taken advantage of during the hectic/rushed shoot was thrown to the wolves by producers/studio executives when the film failed to make real the box office earnings the studio wanted to see. Paramount and star Brad Pitt found a way to convince David and he’s now attached to direct the World War Z sequel.

When former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family get stuck in urban gridlock, he senses that it’s no ordinary traffic jam. His suspicions are confirmed when, suddenly, the city erupts into chaos. A lethal virus, spread through a single bite, is turning healthy people into something vicious, unthinking and feral. As the pandemic threatens to consume humanity, Gerry leads a worldwide search to find the source of the infection and, with luck, a way to halt its spread.

It seems that David will be aiming to hire crew members he’s previously worked with on multiple projects. HN Entertainment has learned that Fincher will be reuniting with long-time production designer Donald Graham Burt. His credits include Gone Girl, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Outlaw King, Hostiles, The Social Network, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Zodiac, and Donnie Brasco.

Costume designer Trish Summerville (Red Sparrow, Gone Girl, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Velvet Buzzsaw) is said to be attached to the film as well.

The film is based on the novel by Max Brooks with a script from Steven Knight (The Girl In The Spider’s Web, Eastern Promises) and rewrites from Dennis Kelly (Utopia, Black Sea, Matilda).

We are assuming that cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl, The Social Network, Fight Club) will join World War Z 2 due to his recent working relationship with Fincher working on his last three films. A score from composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross feels like a good bet for the same reason.

Filming is expected to be taking place this June in Atlanta, Georgia and possibly London, England as well.

Paramount Pictures has yet to announce an official title or release date for the sequel.


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