The sequel for the zombie apocalypse thriller “World War Z” is not dead yet.
After Juan Antonio Bayona stepped down as the director of the sequel, Brad Pitt is now looking to his frequent collaborator David Fincher to fill in the role.
According to Variety, the 52-year-old actor, along with Paramount and Skydance, is in negotiations with Fincher to helm the follow-up to the 2013 blockbuster hit.
Sources told the website that Pitt and Fincher met two weeks ago to talk about the prospect of the latter joining the zombie franchise. The Oscar-nominated director was initially cool on the idea but has since gone further into negotiations for the job, even if the production is also in talks with other filmmakers.
If Fincher comes on board the “World War Z” sequel, it would be the fourth collaboration for him and Pitt, having previously teamed up for “Se7en,” “Fight Club” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
The Hollywood Reporter noted that it is quite surprising that Fincher is entertaining the idea of directing the second installment of the zombie franchise since he's been traditionally wary of sequels following his disastrous time at the helm of “Alien 3.”
Fincher’s last directorial project was the 2014 psychological thriller “Gone Girl,” starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. In the past couple of years, the 53-year-old filmmaker has been busy working on a number of small screen projects. He has been executive-producing Netflix’s “House of Cards” since 2013 and is doing the same for the upcoming Netflix drama “Mindhunter.”
Deadline reported that the “World War Z” sequel is still on Paramount’s schedule for June 9, 2017. The project, however, should find a director soon to start shooting in time.
Plot details for the sequel are scarce, but Variety confirmed that it is still set during a zombie apocalypse.