World War Z 2 will start shooting in June. This project has been on the table for quite some time. When director David Fincher (Seven, Gone Girl) came on board last year, it seemed to gain momentum. However, he had a prior commitment to film season two of Mindhunter.
Producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner were fielding questions at the premiere of Beautiful Boy. On the red carpet, Variety asked for an update on World War Z 2, and they sounded optimistic. The answer Gardner offered up was, “We’re starting to shoot in June.”
June is eight months from now, so that leaves a lot of time to prepare. Or it leaves eight months for yet another obstacle to hinder progress on this long-awaited sequel. With the amount of time that has already passed, the good news is Fincher is still committed to this project, and Brad Pitt is still coming back to reprise his role.
Dennis Kelly (Utopia) is writing the script, which is still in development according to Jeremy Kleiner. Eight months is long enough to get it worked out, but then again, anything could happen in that amount of time.
World War Z had quite a few issues with production and needed reshoots on a pretty large scale. If that hadn’t happened, it would have been laughable. It seems as though Paramount is taking their time on this to get it right the first time around. It’s even more important to be careful, since David Fincher is directing. While he hasn’t really missed so far, neither has he directed a sequel or a franchise film.
World War Z earned $540 million worldwide, and with Brad Pitt and David Fincher working together again, the sequel with likely do better than the first. Previously, they’ve worked on Fight Club, Seven and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
World War Z 2 currently has no release date.