In 2013, World War Z was a surprise box office hit. It wasn’t a perfect film and the product placement at the end was slightly embarrassing, but talk of a sequel is still grounds for excitement.
Some time ago, it was rumoured that David Fincher (creator of critically acclaimed films such as Fight Club and Seven) was in talks to direct the sequel to Marc Forster’s zombie blockbuster, and although he’s recently been occupied by other things, it appears as though he’s still interested in the project.
In an interview with Little White Lies, Fincher explained:
“We’re trying. A lot of stones have been laid. We’re just deconstructing it right now against the mythology that exists to see where we can go.”
This quote would suggest that World War Z 2 is still in the earliest stages of development, but it’s encouraging to hear that Fincher is taking the material seriously and wants to construct the best possible story – assuming that he does in fact move forward with the film.
World War Z was a loose interpretation of the book by Max Brooks, so it makes sense that Fincher and his associates would have to review elements of the ‘mythology’ in order to craft a cohesive film, and the fact that the seasoned director claims to be taking this approach is admirable.
Of course, it’s likely that World War Z 2 won’t stray too far from the events of its predecessor, especially given the fact that Brad Pitt frequently collaborates with Fincher and was the star of the first film. One would expect Pitt to reprise his role as Gerry Lane in the sequel if Fincher does indeed direct, but the encouraging thing about this is that there are numerous ways for Pitt to appear that don’t rely on him being the central figure of the movie.
In any case, Fincher’s potential involvement in a World War Z sequel should create extra interest in the film. His track record is as strong as anyone’s in the industry and when he teams up with Brad Pitt they usually make great movies, so talk of their collective contribution can only be seen as a positive.