Paramount Pictures Gets Back to Developing a 'World War Z' Sequel
Though the zombie apocalypse drama may not have been able to top scholarly monsters in Pixar's Monsters University at the box office this weekend, World War Z still raked in over $111 million worldwide, and that has Paramount Pictures putting a sequel back in development. Initially, the adaptation of Max Brooks novel was a hopeful trilogy for the studio, but when the first film ran into production trouble, including massive script rewrites that included an all-new ending, those plans were abandoned. Now Paramount has officially decided to develop at least one sequel after all. It's not surprising considering star Brad Pitt had been hinting at various press conferences recently that there was ample opportunity to continue the story.
THR points out that this is the biggest debut of Pitt's career, and while it still has a little ways to earn back the $190 million budget, Paramount is confident that World War Z will turn out to be a success for them. Pitt also produced the film, so he was quite invested in seeing it perform well, and he made quite the promotional tour, drumming up headlines after surprise appearances at advanced screening filled with fans. It's likely that Pitt would return for a sequel, but unclear whether director Marc Forster would return.
Of course, it's early days, and a script still needs to be written before we start talking about rounding up a director. Considering how much of a departure the film was from the source material, a sequel could go in a wide variety of directions. At the very least, audiences were interested in this first venture into a zombie apocalypse with a new kind of viral threat, but we'll see if audiences enjoyed it enough to come out for a follow-up. At the very least, we're happy that the film didn't fail spectacularly so more original adaptations can keep happening alongside reboots, remakes and sequels. Do you want a World War Z sequel?