It’s been the better part of a year since last we reported on Paramount’s planned World War Z sequel. Then, it was to tell you that Juan Antonio Bayona was attached to direct; now it’s to let you know that Steven Knight has been tapped to pen the script, with Brad Pitt set to return. Plot details are still under wraps, but one would assume the sequel would continue the events inspired by the Max Brooks novel. This screenwriting news comes about two months after word that Pitt may star in a World War II-era film written by Knight. While it’s a no-brainer that Paramount wants a follow-up to their half-a-billion-dollar earner (the highest of Pitt’s career), it’s a bit surprising that Knight landed the writing job. Hit the jump for more.
Variety reports that Knight will pen the script for the untitled World War Z sequel. His recent effort was as writer and director on the Tom Hardy picture, Locke. In addition to the TV series Peaky Blinders, Knight also has writing credits for Seventh Son, The Hundred-Foot Journey, and the currently filming Pawn Sacrifice.
If you missed World War Z in theaters, take a look at the trailer below:
Here’s a synopsis for World War Z:
The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.