Despite its troubled production, World War Z turned out to be an unexpected hit – both at the box office and with critics (mostly, anyway). The zombie movie, based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Max Brooks, made $540 million worldwide.
With a solid performance at the box office, it made sense that talks of a sequel soon began. However, the sequel seems to be following in the steps of its predecessor, and that appears not to be a good thing.
World War Z 2 seems to be dead, but with the time it took the first film to be made we can't rule out the hopes that the sequel could be revived.
World War Z 2 release date: Has it been cancelled?
Plans for World War Z 2 were being bandied around back around the time of World War Z's release. But as far as actionable plans, those don't seem to ever have materialised.
At one point the sequel was scheduled for release in 2017, but that time came and went without production even having begun. Shooting was then expected to begin in autumn 2018 after it was pushed back thanks to Brad Pitt signing up for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Another delay soon followed – caused by director David Fincher's work on Mindhunter season two – and that meant that shooting was going to begin in June 2019 instead, with that date later moved forward to March.
But then came the news that the sequel was delayed yet again as Paramount has halted pre-production on the sequel. The Hollywood Reporter suggested that it was down to the fact that China wouldn't release the original because supernatural stories of zombies are apparently politically sensitive.
As we mentioned above, the current situation is that the movie isn't happening, but keep an eye here for any developments.
World War Z 2 cast: Who's in it?
If the sequel does happen, Brad Pitt is on board to reprise his starring role as former United Nations investigator and intrepid zombie fighter Gerry Lane, but maybe that'll change depending on when or if a filming date is confirmed.
In May 2016, Mireille Enos confirmed that she would return as his wife, Karin Lane. It's not clear where things stand almost four years later and, unsurprisingly, no other casting has been announced.
World War Z 2 plot: What's it going to be about?
The first movie was only loosely based on the bestselling novel of the same name by writer Max Brooks (the son of Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks, FYI), so predicting the plot of the sequel is a tricky business.
The globe-trotting original movie ended with a glimmer of hope for mankind's survival against the undead hordes, but as Gerry Lane says at the end of the film, there's still much left to be done.
The novel, whose story spans the globe and stretches into a political future much changed by the zombie pandemic, offers plenty of material for the filmmakers to draw on.
"A lot of stones have been laid," said Fincher in November 2017. "We're just deconstructing it right now against the mythology that exists to see where we can go."
As they left it, the remnants of mankind had discovered how to pass "unseen" among the infected – by infecting themselves with fatal but curable diseases – but the world remained overrun.
In World War Z 2 we'd expect to see the fightback begin, but whether that fightback ever actually starts remains to be seen...
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