Although the story of ‘World War Z’ fits into one novel, if Paramount Pictures and director Marc Forster (‘Finding Neverland’, ‘Quantum of Solace’) have their way, the movie would be the first of a trilogy.
In an interview with the L.A. Times, Brad Pitt talked about his career and the upcoming zombie movie. “Like I said, I like mixing it up. You need to make it interesting for yourself to make it interesting for other people.” he said when asked about taking on the role of a United Nations fact finder and father who tries to determine the reason for a zombie pandemic.
The film, which has been labeled as the most expensive zombie movie in Hollywood history, is being described as being similar to Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Contagion’ in that it attempts to deliver a social message amidst the horror of the world. If Forster has his way, ‘World War Z’ would also be the start of Pitt having a film franchise of his own. Although nothing has been formally said about any sequels to the movie, the idea of a trilogy was almost lost in the interview. Here’s the segment that mentioned the possibility:
Forster and Paramount Pictures each view “World War Z” as a trilogy that would have the grounded, gun-metal realism of, say, Damon’s Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”
No other information was given as to if the end of the film does indeed leave it open for a sequel or if a trilogy was the plan from the beginning and the movie will only cover a portion of the book. Either way, it will depend on the movie goers. If ‘World War Z’ does do well, it won’t be a surprise if a sequel gets underway shortly after. Unfortunately, the movie will be released 2 days before ‘The Hobbit’ and that alone may be enough for it not to do well at the box office no matter how good it may be.
What do you think? Would you like to see ‘World War Z’ turn into a trilogy?