WORLD WAR Z Sequel Taps Writer Steven Knight

     May 28, 2014


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.



  • TheMattedScreen

    Poor bastard… wish him luck

  • Leo Spaceman

    Hopefully this sequel will make the zombies actually act like zombies. I am still ticked off by how the first movie literally could have replaced the zombies with Giant evil beavers and been the exact same script.

    • the king of comedy

      Yeah…. if this is the sequel I think they`ll have to follow the same formula from the first film, I don`t undersant why some people like these fast zombies better than the slow ones wich actually seem like rotten death people, that`s more scary.

  • jack

    Oh word? He’s damn good. I just saw Locke and was pretty blown away

  • g

    thats cute

  • Strong Enough

    Wow. That is GREAT news. Knight is one of the best writers in movies. Now lets hope the studio doesn’t throw away his script

  • Person

    Didn’t he also do Eastern Promises and get an Oscar nomination for Dirty Pretty Things? In any case, solid choice, hopefully we get this by 2016. I actually just bought the first one on Blu-ray the other day; the unrated cut is awesome. For all its productions woes, the movie turned out ridiculously well after all.

  • DEADP00L

    F#@! that stupid movie. I have never seen a worse Zombie flick than World War Z in my life. Poor bastards gonna develop a stroke trying to salvage the nauseating mess Brad Pitt reaped onto it. In fact I think they ought to just reboot the entire thing and throw Brad Pitt to the curve. Gods that movie… I actually missed and wished I was watching Anderson’s resident evil and that says something. It’s pathetic.

    Poor guy has my sympathies.

    • the king of comedy

      I didn`t like it either but certainly it wasn`t as awful as the Resident Evil movies.

  • paul h

    Having read the book one time I still can’t bring myself to watch more than 15-20 min of it.

    I just hate it so much when hollywood buys a book then uses the title & most basic concept, apparently “ZOMBIES!” in this case, and then totally ignores what made the source good in the first place, I know they couldn’t have made a strict adaptation but there was a whole bunch of *way* cool story beats they could’ve used to make the spine of the story…

    gah… fuckit

    but hey it made a boat load of cash, so squeal, yay…

  • Travis Gowen

    Before I die I hope I see a truly good zombie film where the zombie make me think of what a real zombie could be. I’m tired of zombies having a limitless amount of energy, speed or my favorite…superhuman strength.

  • the king of comedy

    I hope they actually take some time to read the source material this time, the first movie was dissapointing and the story so far appart from the book, they only took its title and made a zombie moviewith it (a bad zombie movie), I know some changes must be made in order to adapt books to movies but this was a mess.

  • Drake

    Good director, good writer. Kinda liking how this is all pulling together!
    I thought the first movie was entertaining enough, but that’s coming from someone who isn’t a zombie fan at all…

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  • Jamesy

    Wow man, didn’t expect someone like Steven Knight but this is great news. I actually enjoyed the first movie, just as a piece of entertainment it was enjoyable and was actually impressed at how it turned out after all it’s production troubles. I thought it would’ve been mayhem but it somehow turned out pretty well, as an adaptation of the book though it was terrible and it in no way resembled the source material. The sequel looks to be stepping up though which is great.