Ever since its film production was announced. World War Z was meant to be a franchise vehicle for star Brad Pitt. Indeed, with the reveal in March that The Impossible’s J.A. Bayona would be directing the film, it felt like it was finally moving in the right direction. However, worries of a repeat of World War Z’s infamous scripting problems may be a thing of the past with the latest bit of news.
Variety is reporting that Steven Knight, the writer of Eastern Promises and the recent writer-director of Locke, has been tapped to pen the screenplay for the zombie apocalypse sequel.
The production woes of World War Z are well known. The Marc Forster directed action-horror tent pole had the entire last third of its movie reshot after delays pushed it until summer 2013—where it premiered to favorable reviews that preceded it earning $540 million worldwide, the highest grossing turn of Pitt’s career.
Pitt is to return with Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner as producers through Plan B. The film is expected to continue the story of Max Brooks' source novel.
World War Z was epic