It is well documented how torrid and prolonged the production of World War Z, the big-screen adaptation of the Max Brook work, proved to be as leading man Brad Pitt fiercely fought to make it happen alongside director Marc Forster.
Despite a lukewarm reception to the final version, the film still grossed $540 million worldwide off the back of its $190 million budget. So it is to little surprise, that a sequel has been long-mooted.
In an intriguing move, it looks like Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have secured the undeniable talents of David Fincher to direct the follow-up, who recently has been developing upcoming TV crime series Mindhunter.
Proving masterful in mystery through Zodiac and Gone Girl. Delivering the mesmeric prose of The Social Network. Yet for the quality of his extensive and worthwhile back catalogue, World War Z 2 would easily be Fincher’s biggest undertaking to date in terms of scale.
For Pitt and Fincher, this is set to be their fourth collaboration after The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Seven and Fight Club, with production likely to begin in early 2018.
As for Pitt, he’s up next in David Michod’s War Machine, which will be available on Netflix from 26th May 2017.