Paramount Pictures is officially moving forward with a sequel to Brad Pitt's World War Z, and they've hired Juan Antonio Bayona to direct it. For those of you not familiar with the name, he directed the ghost story horror film The Orphanage, as well as the tsunami survival drama The Impossible. He honestly seems like the perfect director to take on the zombie project.
I thought the first movie was great regardless of it really having nothing to do with the Max Brooks book that it was supposed to be based on. The movie actually ended up getting decent reviews as well. I was really surprised by how it turned out.
The first film ended with kind of a temporary fix to the zombie plague. Basically, it was a way to fool the zombies in not wanting to bite into your flesh. Pitt was reunited with his family and all was well. It will be interesting to see where they take the sequel. The original ending to the film included Pitt's wife being left in the hands of a "cold-hearted army officer and Pitt storming the shores of America, cutting through a zombie horde as his reunification journey really begins." It was more of a sequel ready ending, but maybe the studio thought the movie was going to bomb so they didn't want to take the risk of leaving it open for a sequel.
As of right now there are no writers attached to the project, but Pitt is back to produce and star in the sequel as well. I'm really looking forward to seeing what story they tell with these characters in the sequel.