After years in development, it looks like the sequel to the Brad Pitt film, World War Z won’t be happening anytime soon.
According to our friends over at The Playlist, Paramount has decided to pull the plug on the long in development sequel. The decision is reportedly based on budget issues.
Collider also added, that Paramount was indeed uncomfortable with Fincher’s budget and it’s possible that the project could eventually go through with a different director. Then again, Pitt may not want to go forward without Fincher, and it is hard to believe the film sees light of day with another actor.
The sequel spent a long time in development. After the first movie (directed by Marc Forster) became a box office hit, Paramount immediately hired J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) to direct the sequel and gave it a June 2017 release date. In 2016, Bayona left the project and Pitt recruited Fincher to step in. Rough plans were made to shoot in late spring or summer this year.
Released in 2013, World War Z follows 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.