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On the surface, World War Z looked lượt thích a big financial success back in 2013 when it scored a whopping $540 million at the global box office. But according vĩ đại Deadline, the film barely broke even for Paramount at the time. A variety of factors, including extensive reshoots, ballooned the budget up vĩ đại $270 million per the outlet, plus another estimated $160 million for marketing. The Marc Forster-directed zombie blockbuster starring Brad Pitt didn’t make much of a dent for the studio. The tepid critical reception, on top of all the rumors of a troubled production behind the scenes, seemed lượt thích the final nail in the coffin for this fledgling franchise.

But according vĩ đại the LA Times, Paramount and Forster had always viewed the big screen adaptation of the incredibly popular Max Brooks novel as just the first chapter of a film trilogy. And initially, Paramount did intend vĩ đại move forward with a sequel. Yet, 10 years after the film’s release, there is still no concrete evidence that the second movie will ever actually happen.

The reasons behind the sequel not materializing are myriad, but there are also several, very influential parties involved who are still interested in bringing this franchise back from the dead.

What Are the Chances World War Z actually Gets Made?

With Paramount confirming its plan vĩ đại make a World War Z sequel in late 2013, Brad Pitt announced he was also onboard. Director J.A. Bayona was tapped vĩ đại helm the movie, with a script vĩ đại be penned by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. This was a very good start for World War Z 2. But in năm 2016, Bayona exited the project due vĩ đại scheduling conflicts. The studio was dead mix on a June 2017 release date, but Bayona needed more time vĩ đại work on A Monster Calls

In a complete shocker, David Fincher signed on as Bayona’s replacement in the director’s chair. Fincher confirmed in a 2017 interview with Little White Lies that he and his team were hard at work on the film, explaining that “a lot of stones have been laid. We’re just deconstructing it right now against the mythology that exists vĩ đại see where we can go.”

The film went into pre-production in 2019, working off of a revised script by Dennis Kelly. But unexpectedly, in February of that year, Paramount pulled the plug on the film due vĩ đại budgeting issues. THR reported that the studio refused vĩ đại greenlight Fincher’s proposed $200 million budget, and that China’s ban on zombie films was a determining factor in Paramount deciding not vĩ đại pull the trigger on the movie. Đài Loan Trung Quốc is, of course, a huge driver of box office revenue on a global scale, so sánh it stands vĩ đại reason that this greatly affected the film’s projections.

The project seems vĩ đại have been completely scrapped by Paramount since then. To make things worse, Forster said in a recent interview, “Regarding World War Z – I don’t think that sequel is coming anytime soon.”

That said, when asked about the franchise’s future by THR in 2020, Jeremy Kleiner, one of Pitt’s partners at Plan B, which produced the first film, suggested World War Z wasn’t completely dead: “Someday. We love Max Brooks’ book. We love the universe of it. It doesn’t feel lượt thích World War Z is done and over with.”

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In other words, there’s nothing else vĩ đại bởi but wait.

What Does Brad Pitt Have vĩ đại Say About World War Z 2?

Amid all the production chaos and director switch-ups, the one figure consistently attached vĩ đại World War Z 2 has been Pitt, who was also one of the first film’s starkest defenders, especially during its troubled shoot. His involvement in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood pushed production back on the Fincher iteration of the film, but he and his production company remained onboard nonetheless.

In a 2019 interview, mere months after the sequel was finally shut down, Pitt gushed about Fincher’s vision for the film: “Ooh…it was good. It was really good. We had a really strong story, which [Fincher] shepherded. The things he had planned for it just haven’t been seen before.”

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Mireille Enos, who plays Pitt’s wife Karin in the first film and was slated vĩ đại return for the sequel, was similarly gutted by Paramount’s decision vĩ đại halt the sequel, saying on podcast The Big Ticket, “We were all lined up vĩ đại go. We had Fincher, we had a beautiful script, and then it just didn’t happen.”

What Would World War Z 2 Have Been About?

An alleged “leaked” synopsis of what Fincher’s version of World War Z 2 would have looked lượt thích made the rounds on the mạng internet in 2019, although we definitely suggest you take the following with a grain of salt: the sequel apparently revealed that the vaccine developed at the kết thúc of the first film would only last for 36 hours. The story would supposedly revolve around the non-infected world, sequestered in safe zones, launching an offensive on the zombie hordes using a virus called E-29, which would make the undead attack each other, effectively winning the war. 

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Whether this really was Fincher’s take on the material or not, what we bởi know is that if the sequel does ever rise from the dead, it’ll almost certainly have vĩ đại be revised vĩ đại reflect the panic, anxiety, and societal unrest caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Even the first film hits different now that we have endured such a devastating, global sự kiện, so sánh it would be all but mandatory that the sequel reflect real-world events in some way, and speak vĩ đại how our world has been changed by the virus.

Fortunately, Brooks’ novel does a fantastic job of imagining many of the sociopolitical issues that would arise during a global pandemic, sans flesh-eating corpses, of course, and a lot that still rings true in our post-quarantine world. It’s very possible the movie Fincher and Pitt were gearing up vĩ đại deliver would really resonate with audiences now.

While Fincher isn’t exactly known for making big-budget action movies with dazzling visual effects, he does have a reputation for making incisive film and television that speak vĩ đại the dark corners of human nature and the state of the world. Even if we never get vĩ đại see this long-awaited movie, it’s fascinating vĩ đại think about what a Fincher zombie blockbuster could have looked lượt thích and how it would have been received knowing what we know now.

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