Shoot for World War Z sequel cancelled by Paramount
Production on the long-planned sequel to World War Z has been cancelled.
The follow-up to the 2013 hit has been in development for some time and was expected to be released in June of 2017, but Paramount Pictures then dropped it from their release schedule.
However, things looked to be back on track with producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner announcing in October that the film was booked to shoot in June with a new script from Utopia scribe Dennis Kelly and David Fincher directing.
Now though, according to The Playlist, the shoot has been cancelled and the film has been dropped. Crew who had been booked for a six-month shoot this autumn were informed last night to look for other work.
World War Z, which ended up grossing over $500 million when it was released in 2013, had a troubled development and shoot, with multiple writers brought in to fix the film's troublesome ending. During post-production, producers ended up being forced to leave an epic 12-minute battle scene on the cutting room floor.
The movie starred Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a former United Nations investigator who must travel the world to find a way to stop a zombie pandemic.