David Fincher and Brad Pitt to Wage World War Z 2

David Fincher and Brad Pitt are reteaming for World War Z 2

Rumored last year before the project vanished from the Paramount Pictures release calendar, World War Z 2 appears to have found a helmer in none other than David Fincher! Although World War Z 2 has not yet been given the official green light, today’s report in Variety suggests that confirmation is imminent and that Fincher will be taking the director’s chair, reteaming him with star Brad Pitt. Production would likely begin in early 2018.

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Fincher’s sole sequel credit to date was his feature film debut, 1992’s Alien 3. Far more common is his work with Pitt. Fincher has thrice directed Pitt: in 1995’s Se7en, 1999’s Fight Club, and in 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Fincher’s most recent feature, however, was 2014’s Gillian Flynn adaptation Gone Girl.

The first World War Z followed United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. The cast of the original also included Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse.

Despite production problems and an expensive reshoot of the film’s third act, the first World War Z was a big hit worldwide with $540 million. The film, based on Max Brooks’ novel, was directed by Marc Forster on a $190 million budget. The sequel is being produced by Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Ian Bryce and Skydance‘s David Ellison.

How do you feel about David Fincher taking the director’s chair on World War Z 2? Is there anything specific from the original book that you’d like to see brought to the screen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!