Last summer it was reported that Brad Pitt was trying to convince his good buddy David Fincher to direct the World War Z sequel. Imagining Fincher stepping in to helm a zombie action flick is not confusing and intriguing, but it certainly makes this project much more interesting. There is no denying that the original World War Z had some serious issues while production, which led to reshoots that were essentially the equivalent of punting and starting over. While Fincher’s sets are sure to be more disciplined, its unclear whether or not the famous director will want to avoid that potential headache and dive head first into the zombie apocalypse with his friend Brad.
JA Bayona was set to direct the sequel, but unfortunately backed out over concerns of chasing a release date, and chose to direct Jurassic World 2. Collider’s Steve Weintraub recently spoke to Paramount CEO David Ellison, who is also producing the World War Z sequel, and he was asked about the status of the film, and whether Fincher will actually take the reigns:
“There’s a script that we’re incredibly happy with, and it’s just getting a couple of key deals closed… We hope [Fincher] makes the movie.”
Vague, yet hopeful. The term “key deals” is arguably a direct referral to Fincher, but it’s a little vague. There is no denying that Fincher would be a big get for this project, he is one of the best working directors today, with films like The Social Network, Zodiac and most recently, Gone Girl. World War Z would be interesting, given that it’s a sequel in an existing franchise, which is new territory for Fincher, it would also be one of the biggest films he would have the chance to direct. Hopefully they can nail down a director and move into production soon.