David Fincher's return to science fiction (does Alien 3 even count?) is set to be in the form of the World War Z sequel. Based on the book by Max Brooks, the first movie came out in 2013 and was plagued by reshoots designed to fix a choppy third act. The end result, directed by Marc Forster, was a passable thriller, though it left fans wondering what could've been based on Brooks' far-different source material. Still, if anyone can save this semi-zombified franchise it's Fincher.
Speaking to Little White Lies, he offered this update on the movie: "World War Z? We’re trying. A lot of stones have been laid. We’re just deconstructing it right now against the mythology that exists to see where we can go."
Deconstructing is probably the best way to start out with a successful but uneven first movie in the belt that doesn't make a rocksteady argument for a continuation of the franchise. His words are a comfort to those worrying about another fluke. Just like he directs dozens of takes on set, he's taking his time in developing the sequel so it can hopefully be the best movie it can possibly be. It's almost as if he's treating the project like an actor, attempting to coax the perfect performance out of it.
Not only is his style of filmmaking incredibly involved, Fincher also has great rapport with Pitt whom he worked with on three films in the past: Seven, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The team-up seems obvious and while Fincher is not a blockbuster kind of director, this could be a chance to challenge himself with a bigger scope. Plus, he's not afraid of blood and jarring images that can make your skin crawl. Just watch an episode of Mindhunter as evidence.
All in all, we'd say it's almost as if Fincher's entire career has been prepaing him to make a zombie movie. Here's hoping, at least.