Paramount Hires Director for ‘World War Z’ Sequel

Brad Pitt World War Z

Juan Antonio Bayona to helm follow-up to zombie tentpole with Brad Pitt expected to return as star and producer

After making $540 million at the worldwide box office, Paramount and Skydance Pictures have worked fast to find a director for the sequel to “World War Z” with “The Impossible” helmer Juan Antonio Bayona coming on board to direct.

Brad Pitt is expected to return to star and produce with David Ellison also producing for Skydance. No writers are attached at this time.

In the original, Pitt played a former United Nations employee who travels the world trying to stop a zombie plague.

While the first film’s production was overshadowed in controversy that included a rewrite of the third act, the film overperformed at the box office, propelling development on the sequel.

Bayona, who also helmed “The Orphanage,” is repped by CAA.

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  1. ISLANDS. the key in the reconquest will be islands.
    given the virus reduces its infected host to the most basic of its animal instincts, this will preclude the infected from swimming, since swimming is NOT a primitive instinct among primates.
    an island is the perfect place to relocate the uninfected to, and where from to stage the reconquest. since the infected cannot cross such waters.
    also to be explored would be the effect of temperature on the infected. is there neural activity? the laws of physics still apply in the WWZ universe!
    so neuromuscular activity therefore also must reduce in speed, strength, and overall performance the colder the temperature individual infected encounters. are they warm or cold blooded? if they are endothermic, then how would they generate heat? how do they feed their muscles? how long can they survive without actually eating? what is their metabolism like?
    these are the sort of psuedoscientific questions a sequel would absolutely need to explore.
    in the 2 stories i have developed involving mind and/or gene-altering viral outbreaks, i have crossed those T’s and dotted those I’s.
    an interesting storyline to carry forth would be, like in one of my stories, they infect a healthy person, so that they can see in a controlled setting exactly how the virus spreads and precisely what it does. this would be an absolutely necessary part of finding a true cure or a real immunization.
    this would definitely have some very real moral ramifications to confront…esp if it was a former soviet or PR china doctor conducting the experiments.
    there are A LOT of factor, subplots, and questions to explore. i am well ahead in these. i have explored all of these on psychological, philosophical, and moral…as well as scientifc grounds. feel free to ask, if you’d like some calculated and well-thought-out input.

  2. mike says:

    The film was entertaining as a standalone piece of work…faithfulness to the book be damned. Sure it had a couple of wonky aspects and could have actually stood to be a little longer, but it was solid. Glad this is moving forward.

  3. Raoul Duke says:

    I refuse to drink the koolaid with the rest of the zombie fanatics. I’ve boycotted all things involving the move to film.

    Don’t get me wrong, the book is a good piece of literature. But I believe Max Brooks should have held his ground when they decided to rewrite the movie because it would have hurt their bottom line in the foreign market.

    For those who don’t know, they changed a crucial piece of the plot because it would have offended a foreign nation.

    Integrity, need I say more.

  4. Ken from Toronto says:

    Bayona did a fantastic job with the emotionally moving and technically dazzling “The Impossible.” He’s a fine choice to helm “WWZ”‘s sequel. What Mr. Pitt & Company need to concern themselves with is the screenplay…there are plenty of gut-wrenching sequences in Max Brooks’ original novel that weren’t mined for the first film that should be incorporated for the sequel.

  5. MCS says:

    I didn’t like the film at all. It was boring. Like the overrated and overhyped “Gravity.” My opinion.

  6. Uncle Morty says:




    IT’S NOT ABOUT QUALITY – IT’S ABOUT QUANTITY (Jose Padhila on Robocop? yes, another Newman to-be-short-lived-low-cost client).


  7. Uncle Morty says:

    Eric Newman, WME Agent


    *Bayona buddies with Del Toro – also represented by Newman


  8. Stephan Klose says:

    Let me guess, it’s another promising talent who has no real experience with a project of this size and has maybe 1 feature behind him? I am close? I wrote that before reading the article… No why is it that I know that? Do studios like to throw away millions? Give the veterans some work too please. Don’t always look for the fresh angle. Just because it’s fresh doesn’t mean it’s good.

    • jedi77 says:

      Have you had time to read the article yet?
      Juan Antonio Bayona has made two excellent characterdriven and suspensful films, one which included a remake of a tsunami.
      Veterans? Like Michael Bay? Or would you prefer Martin Campbell perhaps, because he is surely a safe bet, right? Green lantern was such a good film.

      Just because someone is a veteran, doesn’t mean they are very good at their job, just that they are older.

      That said, I do agree that too often a tentpole is entrusted to a relative newcomer/amateur, with disastrous results. But this is not one of those instances. And I hope to God that Godzilla isn’t either.

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