While the first film was plagued with production and budgetary problems, it seems as if the producers of the upcoming World War Z sequel are looking to get this one right from the get-go. First, Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) was tapped to direct the film and now Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight has been hired to pen the script. Could this end up being the rare example of a second film being superior to the original? All signs (at least from a talent perspective) seem to point to “yes”.
Knight, who has worked with both David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises) and Stephen Frears (Dirty Pretty Things), is one hell of a scribe, having earned a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for the latter. He currently has Locke (starring Tom Hardy) in theaters and Seventh Son with Jeff Bridges coming later this year. There’s no word yet as to just what aspects of Max Brooks’ original novel (if any) his script will adapt, but the first film barely pulled anything from the book so there’s still plenty of ground to cover.
No release date has been set, as Bayona is shooting A Monster Calls with Liam Neeson first while Knight writes the script. As with the initial entry into this budding franchise, Brad Pitt is set to return as both star and producer. We’ll keep you updated as the film’s production progresses.