News on the World War Z 2 front has been pretty quiet lately, but it looks like the Paramount sequel is moving forward with a new writer. The previous draft, drawing from the story and characters of Max Brooks’ title novel, was turned in by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight. The most recent draft of Knight’s script was handed over just this August and will now undergo a new revision.
THR reports that Dennis Kelly, creator of the British series Utopia, will next take a crack at the script for World War Z 2. This news comes along with confirmation that director J.A. Bayona will remain on board as director for the sequel. There were rumors that Bayona was being courted by Universal to direct their own sequel, Jurassic World 2. The report says that Bayona was unlikely to leave the Paramount project since he already had a deal in hand, but it sounds like the interest from a rival studio may have helped to spark progress on the sequel.
Infamously plagued with production troubles, the Marc Forster-directed World War Z starring Brad Pitt and Mireille Enos went on to a worldwide box office of over $540 million. As you might have guessed, that kind of box office return pretty much guarantees that there will be sequels no matter what kind of issues they had on the first go-round. Pitt returns to produce alongside Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Ian Bryce. World War Z 2 is currently on track for a June 9, 2017 release date.
For more on World War Z 2, be sure to check out some of our recent coverage provided at the following links:
- Steven Knight Talks ‘Pawn Sacrifice’, ‘World War Z 2’, ‘Taboo’ and More
- Paramount’s WORLD WAR Z Sequel Gets a Summer 2017 Release Date
- Writer Steven Knight Says WORLD WAR Z Sequel Starting with a “Clean Slate”