Brad Pitt Courting David Fincher for ‘World War Z’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)

David Fincher Eyes 'World War Z'
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After losing director J.A. Bayona to the “Jurassic World” universe, Brad Pitt is zeroing in on an old friend for the “World War Z” sequel.

Sources have told Variety that Pitt, along with Paramount and Skydance, is in talks with David Fincher to direct the follow-up to the 2013 smash hit.

Pitt, who’s returning to star in and produce the next “World War Z” installment, recently met with a handful of other directors, but is said to be zeroing in on Fincher for the pic, which is expected to start filming in early 2017.

Skydance and Paramount had no comment on the development.

According to sources, Fincher and Pitt met two weeks ago to discuss the possibility of Fincher boarding the zombie tentpole. The talks were initially lukewarm, but sources now tell Variety that negotiations are much further down the road and that other director currently has an offer.


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A Fincher-Pitt reunion on “World War Z” would mark their fourth film together, having previously collaborated on “Se7en,” “Fight Club” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

Fincher hasn’t directed a feature film since 2014’s “Gone Girl.” The filmmaker has been turning his attention to television as of late. He recently shot the Netflix pilot “Mind Hunters.”

Sources say Fincher, who is weary of sequels, having aired his displeasure during his time on “Alien 3,” has always been open to listening to Pitt when the actor reaches out. The duo nearly worked together on a reboot of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” for Disney a few years ago but that collaboration never materialized.

Paramount’s “World War Z” sequel was previously dated to open June 9, 2017. After losing Bayona, however, the studio is expected to delay the film’s release.

The original “Z” was a massive hit, having grossed $540 million worldwide despite a rocky production, which included extensive re-shoots.

Plot details are unknown for the sequel, other than it still being set during a zombie apocalypse.

“World War Z” is based on the best-selling novel by Max Brooks.

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  1. Rick Smith says:

    why make a sequel to a forgettable film? those of us that were fans of the book mostly came to the movie expecting it to be somewhat less than great….and were proven right. a sequel is unnecessary but I’d admit I might watch eventually on Netflix just for the heck of it. otherwise is just a rehash. do something new, Hollywood! make Arthur C. Clarke’s RAMA series if you want to do a truly new thing.

  2. Pepe Lives says:

    Awesome book.
    Mediocre silly film which had nothing more than the title in common.

    I don’t know why they even bought the rights to the book when they didn’t use ANY of it.

  3. This is easily one of the most potentially time-and talent wasting ideas I’ve ever heard. It’s like trying to sign Mickey Mantle to play for a whiffleball team.

  4. Zeke says:

    The fist film has to be one of the most bastardized film adaptations in history! It’s a halfway decent studio zombie flick, but it wasn’t WWZ!

  5. Crap…Now i have to care about this franchise!!!

  6. Raz says:

    I’m pretty sure a deal for this would have to be along the lines of Fincher having Pitt produce/fund a dream project of his and possibly have him star.

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  8. tommymarx65 says:

    World War Z was one of the worst movies ever made. Everytime Brad Pitt showed up anywhere, all hell would break loose. The world would actually have been safer if he had just stayed home.

    With that said, if David Fincher directs the sequel, I will be one of the first in line to buy tickets.

  9. Stella says:

    This will be awesome, I have Z on blueray and its my fave. David Fincher could only make it even more enjoyable to watch.

  10. Rudy Mario says:

    Why would a very talented Director like Fincher want to do a not so good zombie movie sequel?
    We want more original work from this always interesting director.

  11. Guest says:

    Ugh, no
    Don’t waste Fincher’s time and talent on that.

  12. Jo Mama says:

    If Fincher is weary of sequels, maybe he should’ve made Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with more oomph, and not leave out the massively powerful ending the Swedish version offers.

  13. Farty Fartsalot says:

    Fincher’s too good to associate himself with such junk.

  14. stevenkovacs says:

    Hell, yes!! Brad will get David on board, I am sure! Love WWZ and can’t wait for this sequel! 👏🏼🙏

  15. Jake says:

    No way, hype building 101.

  16. harry georgatos says:

    This has to happen. The only problem is in how much creative control will Fincher have over the final product considering Marc Foster and Pitt were at loggerheads over the outcome of the first film. If Fincher gets to make the film he wants then the better everyone will be. If the film succumbs to those god awful test screening previews that have destroyed so many films then I will definitely will be skeptical. An R-rated WORLD WAR Z 2 Fincher film is the way to go!

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