When World War Z, the big-screen adaptation of Max Brooks’ bestselling book of the same name, arrived in cinemas back in June 2013 fans were shocked – though not necessarily for the reasons you might have thought.
Script rewrites, reshoots and rumours of on-set strife had seen many predict that Marc Forster’s resulting film, starring Brad Pitt, would be an almighty mess.
However, in the immediate aftermath of the movies release one thing became clear: it really wasn’t as bad as everyone was predicting.
Far from a masterpiece, the film still had its moments and proved popular at the box office, returning $540 million off a budget of $190 million.
With a sequel subsequently green lit, everyone involved appeared confident that a follow-up would not fall into the same traps.
Things were looking up too with Variety reporting back in August that Pitt was courting David Fincher over potentially directing the movie.
A few months on, however, and those plans appear in tatters.
According to a report from Flickering Myth, Paramount has pushed back plans for a World War Z sequel amid suggestions a script has yet to be completed.
Originally, the plan had been to release the movie this June, but with nothing concrete in place, the studio is now aiming to release the movie in 2018 or, worse still 2019.
It’s the kind of set back that could see the plans scrapped altogether, something that would be a major blow to Pitt who previously beat off stiff competition from Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way to land the rights to the movie.
World War Z 2 might not be dead yet, but it’s certainly on life support now.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.