After the surprise success of 2013’s World War Z, Paramount Pictures immediately put a sequel into development. Brad Pitt is set to reprise his role from the first movie, while the script was written by Steven Knight and Dennis Kelly. The Impossible helmer Juan Antonio Bayona was hired to direct a couple years ago. However, it now looks like the sequel needs a new director.
According to Deadline, Bayona has dropped out of directing the World War Z sequel. Paramount released the following statement confirming the news. “Bayona is no longer able to make World War Z 2 this year, and it is our ambition to do so. He is a wonderful director and we hope to work with him soon.” The film is set to begin this production this summer for a June 9th, 2017 release. Bayona wanted more time to make the movie, as he is still focused on his recently wrapped picture, A Monster Calls.
A few months back, Universal Pictures was eyeing Bayona to direct 2018’s Jurassic World sequel, a project the director passed on to work on World War Z 2. However, now that Bayona is no longer working on the latter, perhaps he can direct the fifth Jurassic Park movie after all. Besides, Jurassic World 2 has a looser time table, Bayona has more time to work on the film than he would have with World War Z 2, and the dino sequel doesn’t have a script yet. So, the possibility is now there.
Stay tuned for more news as we have it. Who would you like to see direct the World War Z sequel?