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?
Reader Feedback - 13 Comments
El_MUERkO on Jun 24, 2013
I concur. Fool me once, shame on you...
mooreworthy on Jun 24, 2013
It was quite disappointing budget wise, but what more would they need to say? Maybe if the story didn't hop the globe so much, but I suppose it's called WWZ.
Carpola on Jun 24, 2013
DAVIDPD on Jun 24, 2013
You know, I'm actually quite glad this endeavor worked out for them and that they seem to have a hit on their hands. I'm sure it was very stressing as they were having production problems and were re-working the final act to have so many people in the blog-osphere knocking the film.
Chris Groves on Jun 24, 2013
Oh great, another variation of the Resident Evil franchise. Expect to see this crap every four years with a never ending story.
BinaryChaos on Jun 24, 2013
Definitely want a sequel
Ryan Gonzalez on Jun 24, 2013
I don't get what the sequel could possibly be about now that they wrote themselves into a corner with the happy ending deus ex machina.
TransgenderDolphin on Jun 24, 2013
Lets see the actual "war" portion of the WWZ sequel.
JBrotsis on Jun 24, 2013
MattPeloquin on Jun 24, 2013
this is interesting - if only because it'll surely piss off the psycho WWZ book fans!
tellytime on Jun 24, 2013
Only if they use stories from the book AND give Matthew Fox's character a real & great storyline this time!
Sky on Jun 25, 2013
There's been a lot of griping about how this movie didn't depict the contents of the book, and while that's definitely true, (I read it. Twice. And loved it even more the second time) what they did was create a sort of prequel depicting events that happened from the eyes of this character before the war's turning point. (He had to have had his own survival story, in other words) This movie could have been a sort of experiment to see if the zombie genre could still be relevant and even blockbuster material, while not sullying the source material. The book starts when the war is technically over, and the world is mopping up and taking back territory. All of the interviews are windows into the past. This movie potentially sets up one or two sequels that follow the book very closely as this man continues his investigation into how and where the outbreak originated. This news should be taken optimistically, as it means a real WWZ movie is still possible for the near future. That said, taking this movie as a prequel or even something separate entirely, it was a very exciting, and even scary thriller, which was worth at least the price of a matinee. I'm looking forward to a sequel.
JL on Jun 30, 2013
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