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Paramount Hires Director for ‘World War Z’ Sequel

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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