David Fincher to Direct Brad Pitt in World War Z 2

Posted 2017/06/22 0 0

World War Z sequel confirms Oscar-nominated director, and Brad Pitt will also return.


It has been four years since World War Z hit theaters, and it looks like its long-awaited sequel, World War Z 2, is finally moving forward at Paramount Pictures with both David Fincher on board as director and Brat Pitt set to return as the star. Paramount chairman Jim Gianopulos announced the news in a wide-ranging interview about the company's plans, and although his answers were brief, it was all we needed. When asked about the state of possible World War Z 2, Gianopulos replied:

"We're in advanced development."

Further quizzed whether it will involve Fincher and Pitt, he confirmed, "Yes." So, there we have it, finally some good news on the project. Although the film is in advanced development, the only casting news we have so far is Pitt reprising his role as UN investigator Gerry Lane.

In December 2013, reports suggested that Juan Antonio Bayona had signed on to direct the sequel. Considering the plagued production on the original movie, and the fact that virtually the entire third act had to be rewritten and reshot, it made sense the studio would want to push forward with a new team, and that included hiring a new screenwriter. A few months later, Steven Knight signed on to pen the screenplay, and the following year it was announced that the movie would hit screens in June 2017.

Brad Pitt and David Fincher have a long and illustrious history together as actor and director. Their first collaboration was on 1995’s "Se7en," which was not only a smash hit success but also a critically lauded film for being a subversive take on the crime-thriller genre. Brad Pitt’s star power and ability to help David Fincher get his vision on screen allowed the director to smoothly re-enter the cinematic ether after the trauma of making "Aliens 3." David Fincher endured such pain and toil on his debut feature film that, after its production, he declared he’d rather have colon cancer than direct another picture.

Since then, David Fincher has become one of the most lauded and luminary filmmakers working in Hollywood. As well as overseeing Brad Pitt in "Fight Club" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," David Fincher has also directed "The Game," "Panic Room," "Zodiac," "The Social Network," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," and "Gone Girl," and is one of the most visceral, mesmerising, intelligent and powerful cinematic voices working today.