With J.A. Bayona no longer set to direct the “World War Z” sequel, Brad Pitt apparently has a replacement in mind to take over the zombie-apocalypse drama. Variety reports that the returning/star producer would like David Fincher to step behind the camera this time around — a move that would mark the duo’s fourth collaboration.
The two previously made “Se7en,” “Fight Club” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” together, with “Benjamin Button” earning Pitt an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Fincher has made his fair share of genre fare but hasn’t worked on a sequel since walking off the set of his debut feature, the underrated “Alien 3”; that said, Variety has it on good authority that, while the director and actor’s discussions were “initially lukewarm” when they first met two weeks ago, “negotiations are much further down the road” now. Fincher’s last film is 2014’s “Gone Girl.”
Released in 2013, “World War Z” grossed $540 million worldwide. Its sequel was initially slated for June of next year, but Bayona leaving the project to direct the next “Jurassic Park” movie will likely result in a delayed release.