With J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) already firmly attached to helm Brad Pitt in Paramount Picture’s upcoming World War Z sequel, director/writer Steven Knight (Locke, Dirty Pretty Things) has been brought on board to pen a script.
Whilst the original was adapted from Max Brooks’ 2006 horror novel ‘World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War’, no sequel plot has been revealed so it is anyone’s guess where it will take us with no book as source material this time round. Mind you, the same was the case for the original film with Brooks even voicing his opinion as to how the final film had nothing in common with the novel other than the title.
Based on Knight’s track record we look forward to his take on the zombie genre and can only hope his script doesn’t get the same treatment J. Michael Straczynski’s did, getting scrapped and re-written from scratch by Matthew Michael Carnahan. Pitt will be producing the sequel together with Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner for Plan B.
Director Bayona is currently in preproduction with A Monster Calls which recently tapped Liam Neeson to play said monster. As soon as that wraps Bayona will head straight into production for the World War Z sequel.
We hope to bring more details of Knight’s involvement/script as and when they come. In the meantime we’ll leave you with a clip of Steven Knight and Tom Hardy providing some insight at the Locke premiere in Birmingham.