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Paramount Buries Brad Pitt/David Fincher’s WORLD WAR Z Sequel

In the end, even recruiting his former Fight Club director David Fincher couldn’t save Brad Pitt’s sequel to 2013’s World War Z. Sure, the follow-up has been troubled since the beginning; Paramount removed the film from it’s slate in 2017 but insisted they weren’t cancelling the project. Then, just last month, it seemed like the production was gearing up for an epic shoot that would last the best part of a year. Now, it looks like the project has been officially buried.

The news comes from The Playlist, who got the exclusive:

Sources close to the project for years tell us that Paramount Pictures pulled the plug on director David Fincher‘s film [Tuesday] night. The film’s budget was definitely an issue but only to a degree. Fincher and his team were proposing something less than the budget of the original ($190 million according to Box Office Mojo, before the costly reshoots). However, Paramount’s known about this figure since at least last year and had hemmed and hawed about the project for months.

World War Z 2 may simply be a victim of time; not only has a lot of it passed since the first World War Z, but tastes change over time, and zombies are, like, so 2010. Whether the film will ever rise from the grave remains to be seen, but Fincher is a busy man who’s hard to nail down. Paramount passing on this project means he’ll likely never return, even if zombies come back into vogue.

Come to think of it, the first World War Z film was pretty uneven. If this news makes you sad, I highly recommend reading the novel the film is based on by Max Brooks.

What do you think of the news that World War Z 2 has been buried? A damn shame, or maybe for the best? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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Written by Josh Millican

Josh Millican is the Editor in Chief at Dread Central.

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