World War Z Sequel Starting with ‘Clean Slate’

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In 2013, we got a look at what a $200 million zombie movie looks like. World War Z, the Brad Pitt-starring, Marc Forster-directed adaptation of Max Brooks’ oral history of the zombie war took on the aesthetic of a disaster blockbuster and rode its wave of digital zombies to box office success. Of course, a sequel is in order and Indiewire‘s Thompson on Hollywood spoke to its writer, the stellar Steven Knight.  

Knight, who penned Cronenberg’s great Eastern Promises and UK TV hit Peaky Blinders, spoke to the site about his feature directorial debut and one of last year’s best films, Locke. Looking ahead, he talks of writing the treatment for the upcoming World War Z follow-up and briefly says, “I thought, ‘why not? What fun.’ It’s not quite like the other, we’re starting with clean slate. When they’ve signed off we’re on.”

World War Z soldiered through behind-the-scenes struggles, infamously scrapping an entire third act in favor of the film’s current incarnation. Where does it all go from here? World War Z 2 is expected to get underway this October, so we’ll see in fall 2016. In the meantime, see Locke.