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Juan Antonio Bayona Set For World War Z Sequel
Impossible director will tackle the hordes

11 December 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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After surviving a hailstorm of reports about troubled production days and scrapped script drafts, it was a pleasant surprise when World War Z emerged to a very solid $533 million at the worldwide box office. It was by no means certain that a follow-up would see the projector’s light, but Brad Pitt talked about the idea in Toronto this past September and the film now has a real, live director in the shape of The Impossible’s Juan Antonio Bayona.

After deftly and sensitively handling the tsunami drama with both its attendant scope and focus on the human side of a disaster, Bayona seems like a fine choice to handle any Zee-quel (or should it Zed-quel?). He got the job over several other candidates after a meeting with Pitt, who both starred in and produced the first World War Z, directed by Marc Forster, and will pull double duty on this one.

The biggest challenge will be continuing the story, which at the end of the first movie saw a scientific breakthrough for avoiding the zombie contagion and Pitt’s UN expert Gerry Lane reunited with his family. There will likely be more clashes to come, and with so little of the book’s goodness tapped for the screen, we’re hoping some of the best elements might finally make their way into a new script: the development of the "Lobo" and its use against the zombies might be cool (although would that do it against these insane sprinters?), and we'd love to see a few of the book's set pieces.

Bayona will supervise tracking the process of down a new writer (or, let’s be honest, writers) and generating a script.


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RE: Not a pleasant surprise at all!!
L: sifter132 Well I guess I'm ignorant (haven't seen 28 days later), but just wanted to stick up for World War Z. I hired it last week and enjoyed it quite a lot! I've found myself slowly souring on big budget movies, but I found it intriguing. Star Trek sequel was the one this year that annoyed me as being unoriginal, that was a total 'paint by numbers' effort in my books. o be fair too the film, I was always going to look at it through the rose tinted glasses of the book (of whi More

Posted by waltham1979 at 12:10 on 12 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Not a pleasant surprise at all!!
Well I guess I'm ignorant (haven't seen 28 days later), but just wanted to stick up for World War Z. I hired it last week and enjoyed it quite a lot! I've found myself slowly souring on big budget movies, but I found it intriguing. Star Trek sequel was the one this year that annoyed me as being unoriginal, that was a total 'paint by numbers' effort in my books. More

Posted by sifter132 at 21:48 on 11 December 2013 | Report This Post

Not a pleasant surprise at all!!
I am really surprised by the comment "it was a pleasant surprise when World War Z emerged to a very solid $533 million". What would have been a 'pleasant surprise' would have been if the film had actually been half decent or original (as the source material is) as opposed to essentially being a big-budget poor Hollywood remake of 28 Days Later. More

Posted by waltham1979 at 11:54 on 11 December 2013 | Report This Post

Commerce and vanity over quality!
Great, another chance to see Brad Pitt do his weird 'I am Jesus' metaphor thing - hip wound included- and show us all how to be a great husband and parent while he saves the world by driving a plot that makes no sense. I respect the silence of the cinema - like all true film fans - but this rubbish had me twitching and commenting like a 28 Days Later zombie out of frustration. I respect the fact that the movie business is all about the money and without the big films you wouldn't get the small More

Posted by Silvio Mugabe at 11:42 on 11 December 2013 | Report This Post

A great choice for director! Good luck. More

Posted by olirog at 09:45 on 11 December 2013 | Report This Post

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