For a couple years now, Paramount has been hard at work trying to bring a sequel to the 2013 zombie flick World War Z to the big screen. For a while, it was rumored that J.A. Bayona was attached to direct, but after a couple years of inaction, it was revealed that acclaimed director David Fincher would actually be helming. And given the filmmaker’s relationship with Brad Pitt (who starred in the first film), it made sense.
But, I guess some things were not meant to be, and a World War Z 2 is one of them. The Playlist is reporting that Paramount has officially pulled the plug on the zombie sequel. This is a recent development, as it only happened last night. This puts an end to nearly six years of inaction on the part of the studio, and basically puts a bullet in the head of a franchise that could never really get off the ground.
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What’s the reason behind this? Well, it doesn’t sound like there is any one reason, but a few. For starters, the studio could never seem to settle on a budget. While Fincher was asking for less than the $190 million the first one took to make, it still seemed like a bit too much to make them comfortable. And then there was the lack of momentum. They too realized how much they were forcing this one, and given how long they’ve been dragging their feet, perhaps they felt there was no point in forcing something no one was actually asking for, especially since they don’t have nearly the resources as many of the other studios.
Another big reason could also be them moving forward with two more Mission: Impossible films. These undoubtedly take a lot of cash to churn out, so why would they run with a riskier franchise when they could go with a sure thing?
So, from the sound of it, it was a whole mess of reasons that ultimately came together in a soup of awfulness.
This is a tad unfortunate — especially given Fincher’s talent — but the plus side is it will keep him open to direct more original projects, which is always a good thing. Are you sad to see this project come to a close? Let us know down below!
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SOURCE: The Playlist