Brad Pitt’s ‘World War Z’ Sequel Draws Dennis Kelly for New Draft

British writer Dennis Kelly has been hired to write a new draft of the script for Paramount’s Brad Pitt sequel “World War Z 2.”

The project is scheduled for release on June 9, 2017. Pitt is producing with Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Ian Bryce.

Spanish director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”) is attached to direct. The previous draft had been written by Steven Knight.

The original “World War Z” was directed by Marc Forster and was based on Max Brooks’ 2006 novel “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.” The screenplay was written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard and Damon Lindelof from a screen story by Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski.

Pitt starred as a former United Nations investigator who must travel the world to find a way to stop a zombie pandemic. The movie over-performed with $540 million in worldwide grosses in 2013.

Kelly created the U.K. conspiracy thriller series “Utopia” for Channel 4, along with BBC Three’s sitcom “Pulling.” He also co-wrote “Matilda the Musical” with comedian Tim Minchin. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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