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Steven Knight Says 'World War Z' Sequel is Starting with Clean Slate

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January 20, 2015
Source: Thompson on Hollywood

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Early last summer, we learned that Locke director and writer Steven Knight was hired to script a sequel to the intense zombie epidemic thriller World War Z. But since then, we haven't heard anything new on the project. But Thompson on Hollywood recently sat down with the writer, who's still at the treatment stage of writing, and the conversation turned to the progress on the gestating sequel which Brad Pitt will produce again through his Plan B production banner. However, as we've suspected, it doesn't sound like he'll be starring as Knight says, "It’s not quite like the other, we're starting with a clean slate." Read on!

Unfortunately, Knight didn't elaborate on what that meant, nor was he asked to go into more detail. But it sounds like the sequel will be more of an anthology companion to World War Z, perhaps following someone else in pursuit of a cure for the viral epidemic that is taking over the planet. I'm thinking it will be more in the vein of Monsters: Dark Continent than anything, which could very well be interesting, especially with someone like Knight scripting. The film, which will be directed by J.A. Bayona after he finishes A Monster Calls, is supposed to shoot in October for a release sometime in 2016, but we'll see if the project can stick to that schedule or not. What do you think of this clean slate?

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  • Jorrell Mcdaniel
    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. **sighs** This was almost painful to read. Who the hell was like, "YES!!! SEQUEL?!!! WHOOOOO HOOOOO YEAH!!!!!"
  • TheOct8pus
    The first one was more like "World Bore ZZZZzzzzzz"
  • itlstal7382
    This should still be a an HBO miniseries like Band of Brothers or a short series like True Detective. Every Season could be a different part of the world. I just want something at least close to the book and not just the title.
    • MattPeloquin
      Amen brother, I want to see the siege on Long Island, the samurai in the trees, and the lobos...god I really want to see the lobos.
    • DetSvenskaMysteriet
      Word
  • JBroti
    Please don't make the mistake as the first movie and show all...LITERALLY ALL...the action shots in the trailers.
  • Here’s an idea, why not follow a flashback retrospective doco style and interviews with main players like they did in the book? And yes, it should be a big budget series.
  • JBroti
    I didn't think the movie wasn't that bad. Action was lacking but story was solid enough to get through. And I liked the concept of these zombies being faster (jump higher) and could "work together" to form massive human ladders. I liked that because it was different from other zombie movies. I'm all for a clean slate no doubt, but I hope they continue the story and actually make it about the "war" in the title, as there was really none of that in the first. What could be a cool concept would be if the zombie virus was able to evolve. Saying as a zombie bit a person with the cure (cure being the illness disguise produced in the first) and the virus was able to evolve to overcome the cure. Maybe it would cause a mutagen within the zombie causing it to transform into something worse. I'm just spitballing here but that'd be a neat concept, because again, it's different from other zombie movies. Hell...have the zombies be able to breed with other zombies. Or show zombie animals. I'd love to see a movie where after a zombie outbreak, some zombies infected animals at a zoo, and those animals became horrific looking. Imagine a carnivorous giraffe chasing you or an enraged hippo coming after you on a boat. I know this may be derailing from the books, but it's still a movie, and with a clean slate....why not? Didn't mean to make this comment so long; I wasn't this passionate about the movie haha.
  • Johnny Neat
    If by clean slate they mean follow the style of the buck, then yes please. Anyhow where in the hell is my 28 days/months sequel? Boyle?!
  • Jon
    why why why why?

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