Looks Like David Fincher is Directing ‘World War Z 2’

Variety reports that Paramount indeed convinced David Fincher to direct that goddamn World War Z sequel. Brad Pitt‘s frequent collaborator was first rumored for the gig back in August 2016 and it looks like that is now a step closer to becoming a reality.

Fincher has thrice directed Pitt: in Se7en (1995), Fight Club (1999) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), and their partnership on World War Z 2 should excite many. Paramount’s new chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos – who gave the go-ahead to Fincher’s Gone Girl during his time as chairman at 20th Century Fox – has not officially greenlit World War Z 2 yet, but is expected to do so in coming weeks.

The first World War Z, based on Max Brooks’ novel, was directed by Marc Forster on a $190 million budget. The film was a big hit worldwide with $540 million. Given the fact that the book was pretty much thrown out the first go-round, they have the opportunity now to go back to the source material and flesh that out.

The sequel is being produced by Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Ian Bryce and Skydance‘s David Ellison. There is nothing further to report at this time. I love Fincher… would rather see him do an original Neo-Noir, but I’ll take what I can get.

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