New Director Boards World War Z Sequel

Jason McDonald

Brad Pitt may be up for another round of zombie action, but it looks as if director Marc Foster won’t be returning for the sequel to “World War Z”.  Instead, a new director is taking the helm and it’s someone who has had previous success in the horror genre.

THR is reporting that Paramount has picked up Juan Antonio Bayona to direct “World War Z 2”.  Bayona’s previous features include the 2012 film “The Impossible” and 2007’s “The Orphanage”.  Clearly Bayona is a man with an eye for personal dramas and big spectacles, so he seems like a natural fit for the direction “World War Z” has taken.

There’s no word on when the sequel will be released or what it’s official title will be, but with a director officially attached, those sort of details should start being sorted out soon enough. The biggest question is what direction will this sequel take?

Given the production problems that the first film faced, I have to wonder if there will be a desire to try and reduce the cost/spectacle of the next film.  “World War Z” was certainly a financial success, but that was mostly thanks to the foreign box office.  It did well here in the states, but it’s inflated budget kept it from having strong returns.

While Bayona can do large scale, he seems to excel at doing small and tightly crafted films.  It’s hard to imagine him doing a big budget zombie film when his sensibilities seem so contrary to that.  It’ll be interesting to see how Bayona decides to take the direction of the sequel.



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      1. Darlene Ash December 11, 2013 at 6:05 am

        Super. I really liked World War Z

      2. Dave Newman December 11, 2013 at 6:07 am

        I finally found the courage to commit suicide.

      3. Matt Simpson December 11, 2013 at 6:08 am

        WWZ = awful cookie cutter shit for the masses. Nice one Brad.

      4. D.l. Irick December 11, 2013 at 6:20 am

        didn’t they solve the zombie problem in WWZ? shooting yourself up with lethal viruses doesn’t work anymore?

      5. Steven Urquhart December 11, 2013 at 6:25 am

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      6. Clinton Neuhaus December 11, 2013 at 6:27 am

        Well I hope he doesn’t put all the best scenes in the trailer and then leave the rest of the movie to suck

      7. Maxwell Dean December 11, 2013 at 7:44 am

        Good choice of director. The Orphanage is one of the finest horror films of the last 6 years.

      8. Matt Kunka December 11, 2013 at 8:47 am

        El Orfanato is one of my favorite horror films and now he’s going to sully his legacy with this….I guess I can’t pass too much judgment yet but the first one looked terrible. PG13 and zombies means “let’s placate to the teenagers who watch walking dead and screw the real horror fans” (not all fans watching the walking dead are dumb or whatever implied, but the teenagers who watch it because it’s popular)

      9. Nosferatus Butt December 11, 2013 at 9:00 am


      10. JD December 11, 2013 at 9:40 am

        The movie is a bunch of rubbish. Injecting yourself with deadly virus is just the stupiest thing I’ve ever heard. You zombie nation go ahead and do that. I’ll take AR15 and a bunker.

      11. RJ De Wit December 11, 2013 at 10:07 am

        Permit me to vomit all over the place. WWZ was a turd that refuses to be flushed down, an affront to the IP that Max Brooks created.

      12. George Valvis December 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

        Cannt wait to sleep through this one!

      13. Sean Carney December 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        Make it go away mommy!!!!!! Pleeaasseeeee

      14. Nick Clark December 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm

        oh yay cause this is totally going to make it soooo much better. First one was absolute garbage. If youre a true zombie/horror film fan then you will not be a fan of WWZ. period.

      15. Jason RedEye Rasmussen December 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm

        Ready for another round of sheeple suckers to fork over cash for crap…again.

      16. Barack Obama-Sucks December 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

        Damn, the first one was bad enough. Ive seen better B Zombie movies than this garbage

      17. Nick Clark December 11, 2013 at 8:04 pm

        Maybe if it was actually rated R and had danny trejo in it. Then maybe it would sound more interesting..

      18. Matthew Klapmeyer December 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm


      19. Flex Arance December 11, 2013 at 9:07 pm

        God no

      20. Robert O'Dell December 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm

        Just loooooove those CGI zombie hordes

      21. Cybelle Greenlaw December 12, 2013 at 2:47 am

        Sequel to the worst film adaptation ever. What could go wrong?