Long-delayed World War Z sequel rises from dead, set to shoot in June

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Oct 9, 2018, 9:41 AM EDT

It’s been a while since fans have gotten an update on the World War Z sequel. Just long enough to lull them into a false sense of security before the film returns from the grave, somehow reanimated! Well, nothing that dramatic, but we do know now where the film fits in to Paramount’s production schedule after only knowing that it was on the docket. Director David Fincher is still on board to bring Brad Pitt’s Jerry Lane back to the world to combat the undead in epic fashion.

Speaking to producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Variety learned the film was scheduled to shoot in June of 2019 — though there’s no completed script as of yet from Black Sea screenwriter Dennis Kelly.

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The first film underwent a comic number of setbacks, running into so many hurdles and delays that by the time it came out, people were shocked that it had a decent box-office return. The sequel had a bit of tumult in its infancy as well, replacing its first director, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s J.A. Bayona, with Gone Girl’s David Fincher. But now, pending a finalized script from Kelly, whose experience mainly exists in stage productions and TV, this movie may actually happen.

However, if the filming doesn’t start until June of next year, it’s likely that World War Z 2 (or whatever they call it) won’t hit theaters until the middle of 2020. And that’s being generous. If the sequel follows in its predecessor’s footsteps, it may end up being delayed far longer than that. But that’s the thing with zombies — they just keep plodding along, never quite dying.