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Bayona, whose last project was 2012 tsunami film "The Impossible," was on a short list of possible directors for the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and met with Pitt before landing the gig. No screenwriter has been hired yet, but Bayona will supervise the scripting process.
"World War Z," based on the Max Brooks novel, centered around Pitt's United Nations worker character who travels the globe trying to put a stop to a zombie plague while trying to find his family. The film, directed by Marc Forster, had a notoriously difficult production process, leading many critics to expect it would be DOA at the box office; instead, the movie grossed $540 million worldwide, and became the highest-earning movie of Pitt's career. A sequel was quickly greenlit.
There's no timeline yet for the follow-up, but Pitt is back on board to star. Stay tuned for further developments.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]