Juan Antonio Bayona

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After the Jurassic Park reboot/sequel Jurassic World hit theaters, a wave of nostalgia hit the country and everyone packed theaters to see yet another dino adventure. Grossing more than $1.6 billion worldwide, it’s a no-brainer that a sequel would be commissioned. Director Colin Trevorrow, now a household name, was tapped to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, so director Juan Antonio Bayona was tapped to direct to sequel due in 2018. The director of The Orphanage and A Monster Calls recently talked about the upcoming film and his desire to make the sequel. (more…)

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Even if you were a fan of the book and KNOW that the movie didn’t do Max Brooks‘ book justice, you can admit that Brad Pitt‘s World War Z movie isn’t a bad zombie flick. It’s just not the World War Z movie that everyone who read the book wanted it to be. Before the movie hit theaters back in 2003, after numerous re-shoots and rumors flying around about the problems during production, an already in pre-production sequel was quietly shut down and squashed. Then the movie killed at the box office bringing in over $540 million world-wide on a $150 million dollar budget. Those kinds of numbers always makes the suits salivate so the sequel was back on, but without an actual release date. Now that’s all changed. (more…)

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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 OrphanageThe 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”. (more…)

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Yes, the horrifying tragedy that was the original World War Z has, due to raking in big piles of cash, spawned a sequel.  And while the first movie had nothing to do with the book, the second will… wait, no, that’s wrong.  Chances are it will, just like its predecessor, have nothing at all to do with the book.  Though we know nothing of what crap they’ll fling our way this time, we do at least now know who will be putting their name to this pseudo-zombie flick – Juan Antonio Bayona. (more…)