Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are seeking to move forward with the long-gestating “World War Z” sequel, with none other than David Fincher to direct.
Variety, who first broke the news, claims the project is not officially greenlit, but it is close. The outlet reports it could go through in as little as a few weeks.
Last August, it was reported that star Brad Pitt was attempting to recruit Fincher. J.A Bayona, who was originally set to direct the pic, left to direct the “Jurassic World” sequel.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that at first Fincher, who tends to shy away from big budget actioners and (as of late) sticks to more prestige pics, was not very keen on the idea. However, the outlet says meetings between Fincher, Pitt (who’s producing and starring in the film), Paramount and Skydance warmed him to the idea of directing the film.
The film would be Fincher’s first feature since 2014’s “Gone Girl.” Fincher has kept busy executive producing several projects, including Netflix’s hit “House of Cards.”
Pitt and Fincher have a long history of working together. The duo previously worked together on “Fight Club,” “Se7en” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
Not much else is known about the sequel to 2013’s “World War Z,” which also had its own slew of production problems. It was widely publicized that the film’s final act was completely reworked. The production first brought on Damon Lindelof to rewrite the last third of the film, but he was unable to finish. The duty then was passed to Drew Goddard. Extensive reshoots for the film also occurred, and the release date changed several times before settling into its June 2013 slot. The changes worked, however, as the film ultimately grossed around $540 million at the box office.