Paramount delays World War Z sequel, cancels Friday The 13th reboot

Ben Arnold
Contributor
World War Z… sequel pulled from Paramount slate – Credit: Paramount

Brad Pitt’s sequel to ‘World War Z’ has been pulled from the schedule at Paramount, according to reports.

‘World War Z 2’ was slated for a release on June 9 this summer, but it’s now looking like it won’t be hitting screens until 2018 or even 2019.

The sequel has not had the easiest time of it thus far, having lost its director J.A. Bayona last year.

The first movie, released in 2013, didn’t have it easy either, needing extensive reshoots and coming with the extra baggage of rumours of serious tension flaring up between Pitt and the film’s director Marc Foster.

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But despite analysts predicting a huge flop, the final movie was a surprise hit, making $540 million around the world.

Following Bayona’s departure last summer, it was rumoured that David Fincher was looking to step into the vacancy, but so far there’s been no confirmation of Bayona’s replacement.

It’s not the only rescheduling move from the studio either – it’s pulled the planned reboot of the horror franchise ‘Friday the 13th’ from its slate altogether.

It was set for a October 13th release, and was already in pre-production, with a shoot date in mid-March.

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But now it appears to have been canned, at least for now.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the reason could be the poor performance of its other recent horror reboot ‘Rings’, which has underwhelmed at the box office.

It grossed a disappointing $13 million (£10.5 million) over its release weekend.

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