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After weathering a plethora of bad buzz to become an unlikely box office success, Brad Pitt-starring zombie flick "World War Z" quickly earned itself a sequel, with Paramount announcing the follow-up soon after "Z" scored the highest opening of Pitt's career. But while Pitt is on board, one notable name is not: director Marc Forster.
The news was confirmed in a Hollywood Reporter story about Pitt's production company, Plan B, which is developing the sequel. Per the THR report, the project is "in its nascent stages," but filmmakers already know that "director Marc Forster won't be back."
That should come as no surprise, since "World War Z" had a notoriously difficult production process, plagued by delays, reshoots, a last-minute ending rewrite, and an ever-evolving release date. Despite those setbacks, the film exceeded both critical and commercial expectations to become an unlikely hit, though Paramount no doubt wants to avoid the chance of a similarly shaky process this time around.
It will probably be a while before "Z2" hits the ground running like its titular zombies, but Pitt is already planning away.
"We are talking about it," Pitt told THR. "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."
[via The Hollywood Reporter, h/t Slash Film]