They say that history has a way of repeating itself, and it seems the brewing “World War Z” sequel has faced a setback as it gears up to shoot this summer. Of course, the story behind the original film and its troubled production and extensive reshoots are well known by this point, and while nothing on that scale has happened yet with the follow-up, months before shooting is set to begin, Paramount has a bit of a problem on their hands.
Director Juan Antonio Bayona, long attached to helm the gig, has exited the blockbuster. The official line being given is that it’s a scheduling issue, as he’s putting the finishing touches on “A Monster Calls,” which opens in October. But I can’t imagine given how long he’s been set to direct the movie that he didn’t see the production start date on ‘WWZ2’ coming. At any rate, it does leave Bayona open and presumably available for another high-profile gig.
Last fall, it was reported that Bayona was courted to direct Universal‘s “Jurassic World 2,” but his contract with Paramount prevented him from signing on. But now with ‘WWZ2’ out of the way, Deadline posits that he’ll “probably now find himself a prime candidate” for the job, give that it’s not due in cinemas until 2018, and that it’s still in early stages of development.
We’ll see how that plays out, but for now, the next chapter in the “World War Z” saga needs to find a new director. Any suggestions? The movie will open on June 9, 2017.