David Fincher’s World War Z sequel receives working title and more

(CHINA OUT) (L - R) Director Marc Forster, producer Dede Gardner, actress Ryoko Shinohara and actor Brad Pitt attend the 'World War Z' Japan Premiere at Roppongi Hills on July 29, 2013 in...

More news has emerged surrounding the intriguing new zombie-apocalypse sequel.

Marc Forster’s (Monster’s Ball, The Kite Runner) World War Z was released back in 2013, with a sequel announced almost immediately. The film stars Brad Pitt as a former United Nations employee, who - in the wake of an undead pandemic - is tasked with travelling the world in search of a solution to save humanity. It received middling reviews but was favoured by audiences who enjoyed the film’s blend of sub-genre visuals and grand, blockbuster spectacle.

The sequel has experienced development issues for many years now and was originally attached to director J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom). A while ago, it was revealed that director David Fincher would be helming the project; a shocking announcement to say the least. The director of The Social Network, Fight Club, Seven and many other hit works is definitely an unlikely choice, and it’s hard to ponder what may have drawn him to the project. However, it’s certainly a way to ensure audience intrigue.

Now, it appears that we have a working title for the sequel: “Maximillian”. We can expect shooting to begin as early as March 2019, but it has been reported that production is expected to be lengthy, perhaps not wrapping until 2020. It looks like Brad Pitt will be reprising the lead role, and it’s likely that more casting news will surface once the sequel begins shooting in a few months. 

Plot details are currently unclear, but the first film proved to be a rather loose adaptation of Max Brooks’ 2006 novel, so we can expect more deviations from the source text with this sequel; especially with someone like Fincher at the helm. The filmmaker must have had some pretty special ideas in mind when agreeing to take on the project, and we can’t wait to see them visualised. In other film news, check out this fantastic new cast update for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune adaptation.

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