It was announced this week that the sequel to zombie hit World War Z had been removed from Paramount’s release schedule. It has now been reported that acclaimed director David Fincher is still hoping to make the movie, and it is the studio who are reluctant to move forward.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fincher (Gone Girl, The Social Network, Seven) is “very creatively interested” in directing the movie, which will star Brad Pitt once more. THR states that Fincher would be looking to make the movie for less than the original’s $190 million budget, and that Paramount already has a partner in place to reduce their financial risk with the film. However, studio boss Brad Grey is “not ready” to greenlight the film.
Fincher’s involvement with the sequel was first reported last summer. Prior that, JA Boyega was in line to direct, but he left to helm the upcoming Jurassic World 2.
While the first World War Z proved to be a financial success, it was marked by considerable production difficulties. The film ran massively over-budget and behind schedule, and the release was delayed by several months while extensive reshoots took place. Nevertheless, it ultimately made $540 million worldwide, making it the most successful zombie movie of all time.
In related news, Paramount also pulled the next part of the classic horror franchise Friday the 13th. The movie has shifted release dates several times already, and so far no director or cast have been attached to it.