David Fincher hasn’t made a sequel since Alien 3, and hasn’t even been tempted to direct sequels to his own successes in-between. But last year rumours began to circulate that Paramount was courting the Fight Club/Se7ev/The Social Network director to take over from Marc Foster on a follow-up to World War Z.
But now Variety, which doesn’t tend to report these things unless they’re pretty sure of their sources, is reporting that Fincher has near-as-damnit signed on the line for World War Z 2 (which we’re pretty sure won’t be the title, as it looks so typographically naff).
Maybe this unusual move has something to do with the franchise’s star – after all, Fincher has worked with Brad Pitt on three previous film: Se7en (1995), Fight Club (1999) and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008).
The original World War Z, loosely based on Max Brooks’ book about a global zombie outbreak, was famously plagued with production problems and had major reshoots of the final act, but went on to be a respectable box office hit taking $540 million worldwide.