world war z

After many delays, the sequel to 2013’s ‘World War Z’ has once again been pushed back.  The film was supposed to start shooting in January, but director David Fincher, as recently as November hinted that they needed more time for pre-production.  “We’re trying. A lot of stones have been laid. We’re just deconstructing it right now against the mythology that exists to see where we can go.”  Now Paramount has announced that production will begin sometime this fall.

Instead of ‘WWZ2’, star and executive producer Brad Pitt will appear in Quentin Tarantino’s next film ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, which deals with the Manson Family murders.  That film has pretty much the all-star cast to end all others with Leonardo DiCaprio headlining and Margot Robbie as Manson victim Sharon Tate.  The film also stars Tom Cruise, Samuel L. Jackson (of course), Jennifer Lawrence and Al Pacino.

Fincher has spent the last year developing ‘WWZ2’, with a draft by Steven Knight and a rewrite by Dennis Kelly.  Fincher has been a long time collaborator of Pitt’s, having directed one of his earliest hits ‘Se7en’ followed by ‘Fight Club’ and ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’.

Marc Forster directed the first ‘World War Z‘ which encountered massive problems behind the scenes, with a new writer, Drew Goddard brought in after the film had been shot, to rework the third act.  The cast and crew had to return for seven months of reshoots, to create 30-40 minutes worth of additional/alternate footage.  As Fincher recently said, “We’re hoping to get a piece of material that’s a reason to make a movie not an excuse to make a movie.”

Despite the troubles behind the scenes, the first ‘World War Z’ got fairly decent reviews and made over $500 million worldwide.  It’s probably for the best that Fincher and his collaborators be given time to get it right.  Reshoots are expensive!

Paramount has not scheduled the film for release yet.  Check back for any news that develops.

Source: Bloody Disgusting