'The Orphanage' Director J.A. Bayona Lands 'World War Z' Sequel Gig
The War continues. Paramount has signed a deal with Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona, best known as just J.A. Bayona, to direct the World War Z sequel in development. After thwarting bad buzz to earn an impressive $540 million at the global box office, Paramount and Skydance Prods. are already moving forward on a sequel to the
zombie action movie based on Max Brooks' bestselling novel of the same name. Bayona last directed The Impossible, which got one Oscar nomination, and broke out with the 2007 horror film The Orphanage. Few details have been revealed about a sequel, but at least they found a good director.
Ever since he finished directing The Impossible, J.A. Bayona has been showing up on a number of shortlists for major projects. We heard his name mentioned in relation to the next James Bond movie before they got Sam Mendes back. Thankfully with World War Z they will not be bringing back Marc Forster, who directed the first movie. THR says that he "was on the very short shortlist of directors a few weeks ago. He met with Pitt, who produced the movie via his Plan B banner and is also producing the sequel, before getting the gig. No writers are attached at this stage, but Bayona will oversee the writing process." We'll keep an eye out for updates. I wasn't the biggest fan of World War Z, but I feel this series may be in better hands with Bayona.