If Brad Pitt Gets His Way, David Fincher Will Direct the World War Z Sequel

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Talk of a World War Z sequel has been lurching around Hollywood nearly since the hit zombie film’s 2013 release. But after new scriptwriter Dennis Kelly was brought in to work with director J.A. Bayona, the latter signed to direct Jurassic World 2. Now producer-star Brad Pitt has a reunion he’s hoping to make happen.


That would be with David Fincher, who has directed Pitt in three features to date, two of which were really great (guess which): Se7en, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Unnamed sources told Variety that Fincher and Pitt have recently met to discuss the project, and that “the talks were initially lukewarm but now negotiations are much further down the road.” Which is nearly as vague as this bit of non-information: “Plot details are unknown for the sequel, other than it still being set during a zombie apocalypse.”

Well, World War Z didn’t really take much from the Max Brooks source book (a shame, since it’s excellent) so that’s one direction it could go. But the prospect of getting Fincher behind the camera for any movie is always an intriguing one. And given his dexterity with terror and suspense, a David Fincher zombie movie is absolutely something we’d like to see.

io9 News Editor, here since 2016. Previously SF Bay Guardian newspaper (RIP), SF State University (MA, Cinema Studies), big fan of horror, metal, and verrry small dogs.



There would be a very easy way to do this.

Camera follows a war weary Pitt into his boss’s office.

The boss closes a massive three ring binder, marked “SECRET”

“How was it?” Pitt asked.

“The official report was a collection of cold, hard data, an objective “after-action report” that would allow future generations to study the events of that apocalyptic decade without being influenced by the “human factor.” But isn’t the human factor what connects us so deeply to our past?

“I don’t think so. There comes a point where emotions must give way to objective facts.”” Pitt stated.

“And that almost lost us our humanity. I need you to go out there, talk to the survivors, the people who were there, I need you to record their stories.”