Paramount Shuts Down Production Of World War Z Sequel, Likely Over Costs

Posted by at 12:42 pm on February 6, 2019

David Fincher’s anticipated World War Z sequel is reportedly no longer in development at Paramount. Sources close to production say the budget was the issue. David Fincher was apparently willing to direct the sequel for less than the $190 million price tag of the first movie, but the money required to pull of the film was still too high for Paramount. Production on the World War Z sequel was going to kick off in June. The film would have reunited Fincher with Brad Pitt after films such as Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Marc Forster directed the original World War Z, which Paramount released in theaters during summer 2013. The movie was based on Max Brooks’ 2006 novel of the same name and starred Pitt as a former UN employee who travels the globe to find a cure to stop a massive zombie pandemic. The film was a sizable hit with audiences ($540 million worldwide), but its $190 million budget made it less of a financial win for Paramount than the studio wanted. Pitt has long wanted to return for a sequel.

With the World War Z sequel allegedly scrapped, Mindhunter Season 2 is the only new directorial work Fincher has lined up for the future. Netflix recently announced Fincher is partnering with Deadpool director Tim Miller for an adult animated series entitled Love, Death, and Robots.

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