Although producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner recently said that filming was expected to start in June of 2019, The Playlist now reports that the World War Z sequel is no longer moving forward at Paramount Pictures.
According to the site, the studio pulled the plug last night and the David Fincher-directed World War Z sequel is dead. They add that budget may have been an issue (the original cost $190 million before the infamous reshoots of the third act), but Paramount also gave the go-ahead to two Mission: Impossible sequels and those probably took away money that could have been used for a follow-up to the Brad Pitt film.
“World War Z 2 had been staffing up for a lengthy shoot this year, five different countries and a six-month shoot in Atlanta, which is why various tracking companies like Production Weekly had been listing it lately,” says the site, “but the film simply never received its green light, and none of these hires were officially made. Brad Pitt is apparently not a happy camper with the studio right now.”
World War Z earned an impressive $540 million worldwide in 2013. Based on the best-selling novel by Max Brooks, the film follows a former United Nations investigator (Brad Pitt) as he helps stop the chaotic pandemic that has gripped populations around the world. World War Z was directed by Marc Forster from a script by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof.
Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse co-star in the film.