Marc Forster got lucky when World War Z escaped repeated tales of post-production calamity to become the surprise hit of Summer 2013. Emergency re-writes by Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard seemed to have saved the film, so it might come as no surprise that if a sequel to World War Z comes to a theaters near us, it will be without the directorial efforts of Mr. Marc Forster.
In a recent profile of Plan B, Brad Pitt‘s production company, in The Hollywood Reporter, the subject of a World War Z-2 was broached. Plan B shepherded the film through its difficult production process, and are now looking to the future of the possible franchise, a future that seems to be Forster-less. Here’s the excerpt from the trade (embolded by /Slash for both emphasis and to probably hurt Forster’s feelings):
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Plan B also is developing a sequel to Z, which still is in its nascent stages, though director Marc Forster won’t be back. “We are talking about it,” says Pitt. “We are going to investigate a script. We have a lot of ideas we will cull from. Nobody is writing just yet, but we are compiling our ideas.”
And I guess one of those ideas is dumping Forster. It’s kind of sad in a way because I think creating a PG-13 zombie movie based on a popular book that only has a title and concept connection to the film was a thankless chore that might have swallowed anyone whole. Still, it’s not the first time that Forster’s faced difficult circumstances during the making of, and following the release of a big-budget movie, he also took it on the wrists for how Quantum of Solace turned out. Maybe he should back to making smaller films like Monster’s Ball and The Kite Runner, a world where internet movie nerds can’t hurt him anymore. Alas…