With ‘World War Z‘ being a smash hit at the box office and Marc Forster (‘Quantum of Solace’) always saying it should be a trilogy it looks like he won’t be back in the director’s chair for the sequel. There is no announcement or known reason why this change is happening yet. It was unofficially announced during a profile on Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B where Pitt stated:
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Plan B also is developing a sequel to Z, which still is in its nascent stages, though director Marc Forster won’t be back. “We are talking about it,” says Pitt. “We are going to investigate a script. We have a lot of ideas we will cull from. Nobody is writing just yet, but we are compiling our ideas.”
Sounds like a super low blow way to announce that someone isn’t coming back. They didn’t even give it its own press release. So unless this was a slip up and early information leaked out or inaccurate information, this does come off as a slap to the face to Forster. On the flip side, that might just be exactly what it was with how many issues that seemed to crop up when he was in charge. From a variety of different rewrites, including how the film was to originally end and reshoots galore, it’s no wonder that they may be looking for another helmer.
Even with the success of the film, the production appeared to have a rough start that just got worse as time went by. Was he the sole responsible party for all of these issues? Probably not, but he was involved in all of them and with rumors that he and Pitt weren’t getting along, he’d be the perfect person to not invite back to the party. It’s not like Pitt’s own company would choose the director over the star of its film (and its owner) over a director.
What do you think about this change in directors? Are you worried it will harm the next film or were you as sick of hearing about delays and re-writes as the rest of us? Who do you think would be a good fit to direct the next installment into the highest grossing zombie film to date? Sound off below!