The zombie genre has been done to death (eyyyy), with varying degrees of success.
Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later were solid additions to the genre in the early 00’s, and 2009’s Zombieland was also a decent watch, but apart from those few you’d be hard pressed to find another decent flick about the brain-eating undead.
In my experience they tend to be painfully formulaic and predictable, which is maybe why the more successful zombie movies have been comedies.
Having said that, Brad Pitt’s attempt at escaping the bowels of the infected in World War Z was actually a surprisingly entertaining watch.
Brad brought his usual charm to the big screen but the film itself turned out to be relatively thrilling and suspenseful.
Talk of a sequel has been in the works since it was released in 2013 but production has delayed for various different reasons (the main one being Brad’s hectic schedule).
However, the sequel appears to be alive and kicking as filming is set to get underway next summer.
The film’s producers, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, recently provided an optimistic update on World War Z 2’s status when they spoke to Variety on the red carpet while promoting their new film, Beautiful Boy.
“We’re starting to shoot in June,” Gardner said. “Brad Pitt is Gerry Lane, he’s back. David Fincher’s directing.”
Fincher is new to the project as director Marc Foster directed the first film. Fincher has worked with Brad Pitt before on Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and has also been instrumental in hugely popular Netflix shows House of Cards and Mindhunter.
The man literally never makes anything bad.
“We’re still working on the script, but he’s done an amazing job… We think it’s going to be great.”
It’s unclear what the actual story will be about but it will be interesting to see where they pick up from given it’s been seven years since the first film’s release.
World War Z ended with the human offensive against the zombies with Brad’s characters uttering the words: “This isn’t the end… not even close. Our war has just begun,” so you’d imagine the plot centring around curing everyone infected, or just killing them off completely.
Whatever happens, news of Fincher and Pitt working together again once again – on a zombie movie, no less – should be enough to get cinephiles pret-ty excited.
I know I am.
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