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