'World War Z' & 'Independence Day' Sequels Both Get New Writers
by Ethan Anderton
May 28, 2014
Zombies and aliens both have new projects on the way with the upcoming sequels to World War Z and Independence Day. The former is fresh off the success from 2013 while the other has been in the works for 20 years. But both projects are in the same boat as each of them has landed new writers. First up, World War Z already has a director attached with The Impossible helmer J.A. Bayona behind the camera and Brad Pitt back in the lead. Now Variety has word that Locke director and writer Steven Knight has been tapped to script the sequel. Could his isolated, real-time story key us into the kind of follow-up we'll get for World War Z? It's hard to say, but with no book as source material this time around, anything is possible. Read on!
As for Independence Day, the original script from James Vanderbilt is ready for a rewrite. Variety has word that Carter Blanchard will give the sequel an overhaul for director Roland Emmerich. Blanchard is a lesser known writer who is working on Kindergarten Heroes for Mark Millar and Fox and an adaptation of the video game Spyhunter for Warner Bros. His work must have impressed the right people at Fox if they're hiring him to rewrite something as big as Independence Day 2. Again, no plot details are known, but Will Smith is reportedly not coming back, and the film will take place in real-time after the events of the first. Do audiences care 20 years later? Only time will tell.