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World War Z Sequel Isn’t Dead, Has a Director. Kill Me Now.


*zombie grrrroan*

World War Z, for all that it was a disappointment of a film (OK, maybe I’m editorializing a bit there), is getting a sequel, because it made a bunch of money and that’s what happens when a film makes lots of dough, even it was was bad. (See: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, which to be fair is far worse than World War Z, but World War Z took one of my favorite books from the last few years and made it into a generic Hollywood blah-fest, and I am allowed to be bitter about that. You can read my review here).

Ahem.

Marc Forster, director of the first movie, is out. Taking up his zombie-killing duties is Juan Antonio Bayona, director of The Impossible and several episodes of Penny Dreadful, Showtime’s upcoming Victorian-era horror series that has Billie Piper, Eva Green, and Helen McCrory in its ensemble cast.

…OK, that put me in a better mood.

The World War Z sequel doesn’t have a writer yet. Likewise it’s not been officially announced that Brad Pitt will be back, but he totally will, because it’s his production company that dragged the film through those infamous production troubles and got it to the big screen in the first place.

It’s worth noting that Paramount originally saw World War Z as a trilogy, so it’s entirely possible that if this second movie does well we’ll be getting a third one.

Joy.

(via: Variety)

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  • Jen Roberts

    It’s as if a thousand voices suddenly cried out in horror and then…well, just kept sobbing and began drinking heavily.

  • Gordon Borland

    What if I already do the latter two ?

  • Jen Roberts

    Overachiever, beating us all to the finish line. The least you could do is pour drinks until my hand steadies.

  • Gordon Borland

    I would but I’d need to sober up a bit.

  • Jen Roberts

    We’ll make Brad Pitt do it then. He owes us all big time anyway.

  • chris

    If you never read the book then it was a fairly entertaining movie. Not great, but ok.

  • Anonymous

    This is going to end up like the Resident Evil franchise, isn’t it? A series of never-ending terrible films that have little to no relation to the source material.

  • Anonymous

    Alice in Wonderland is getting a sequel so by comparison any movie deserves one now days no matter how dreadfully unenjoyable and terrible they may be. Doubly so if you talk in a funny voice, don makeup, and wiggle your fingers a lot. Pit should have wiggled his fingers more.

    World War Z was not a bad movie in my eyes. It kept a decent pace by keeping the globe trotting going. Pitt carried his role well, I don’t have an issue with him in movies and rarely do. I was actually expecting the movie to be bad, given this is the guy who made Quantum of Solace. Instead I was pleasantly surprised by the nice flow of action and the look of the film.

    If you want to see a terrible ending to a decent movie then I present to you I am Legend. Even the alternate ending is awful.

  • Anonymous

    *desperate and tired* WHY? A sequel won’t even make sense! The ending of the first movie pretty much ended things with their stupid ‘cure’ and blowing them up with stereo equipment. Ugh, this just makes me cry.

  • Saraquill

    Leaving the vast gap between the source material and the finished product, I found the “camouflage” solution in the movie to be one massive plot hole. To go into detail will be spoilery, and I don’t know how to use spoiler tags.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    (I don’t think Disqus lets you do spoiler tags at all. I know, I know, it sucks.)

    Yeah, that camo solution made NO sense. It makes room for the sequel, because the solution still needs to be implemented, but… c’mon. How Pitt’s character figured it out all of a sudden was REALLY convenient. And did no one notice hospitals were uninfested?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see how it was a plot hole and I can’t really discuss against it as we can’t really discuss it here at all.

    Lets say for the sake of it that the camouflage was a big plot hole. Even if the whole entire story fell apart the movie still works as an action flick on a better level than any recent Michael Bay flick can deliver.

    I think that the movie is getting extra criticism because it did not stick to the source.

    Saying that it is getting extra criticism is not an argument, it is just an observation of mine. However, I want to point out that even this posts author tries to separate the two mediums but the book is mentioned in four of the seven paragraphs of the review. To top it all off the review never once even mentioned Brad Pitt’s, the lead, acting in the flick beyond the final sentence that talks about differences from the book being “smothered underneath a bunch of Savior Brad Pitt bullshit.”

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad were getting a sequel. I wonder what they’ll be doing with the premise this time. I just hope Daniella Kertesz as Segen will be in it and have a larger role. She was one of the best things in that film.

    Also, Eva Green in Penny Dreadful? Awesome!

  • MeatyStakes

    Who cares!?! I just read that Penny Dreadful morsel that seemingly escaped my radar and now i’m frigging PUMPED

  • MeatyStakes

    But with no badass Milla Jovovich, which is the only reason people see the RE films, and I honestly love that a franchise with a crappy storyline with a female lead exists; see, a movie doesn’t even have to be actually “good” to survive THE CURSE OF THE FEMALE LEAD *dun dun dun*, it just needs to have entertaining value.

  • Anonymous

    I think everyone is a bit harsh on this movie. It was enjoyable, had some good cast choices… but was not the book it was based on by even the barest glimmer. It was an ok standalone “Sequel” makes no sense – “Reboot closer to book” would be preferrable.. there’s SOOO much material in there to mine. The chinese evacuee submarine… lying on the bottom of the ocean hiding from the attack-sub sent to find them despite the apocalypse.. hearing the banging on the sub’s walls… of all the undead that are on the sea-floor…. *shudder* – and what about the “action” stuff of Mark Hamill (he performed the part in the audiobook – cant remember the characters name!) as the soldier dealing with the war with technology before, and simple but more effective weapons after the war. GREAT STUFF.

  • Big Willy Style

    I watched the movie, and it felt like it left off on a pretty decent note.. granted I haven’t read the book. That said though, I can’t imagine this going well.

  • http://anna.balasi.com/ AnnaB

    Agreed. Never read this book–zombie books in general don’t interest me even if I like zombies. Having absolutely no basis of comparison to the books, I rather enjoyed World War Z.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    That’s what I heard. Everyone I know who didn’t read the book thought the movie was pretty good. Almost wish I’d read the book AFTER watching the movie so I could’ve enjoyed them both. If wishes were fishes…

  • Anonymous

    I get that people who had read the book were (optimistically, even naively) expecting for a different movie but honestly it wasn’t half bad. It was entertaining and actually deeper on a human level that The Walking Dead has been for 3 seasons, and that most if not all zombie flicks we’ve been bashed with in recent years.