2013’s World War Z from Paramount Pictures starring Brad Pitt took a lot of effort to get through production. But even with it’s troubles it still managed to make $540 million worldwide, which meant that the studios would of course push for a sequel. But this film which had been been announced 5 years ago has been plagued with delays. One of which was the departure of director J.A. Bayona, who directed the just released in theaters Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom. Den Of Geek had the opportunity to speak with him regarding this departure from the World War Z sequel.
According to Bayona, he stepped away from the film because he felt that he wasn’t fit for the job. “We were working on that project for around a year, and we had a great idea,” Bayona said. “We were very excited. We designed great set pieces, and we were very excited with the direction we were taking with the film, but somehow, we never found a way to connect it all together.”
“There was a moment where we were about to start production, and I wasn’t ready,” he added. “I told them and I said, ‘Listen, I’m not the right guy for this. There’s probably another guy who’s able to take care of this in a way that the movie will not get affected,’ so I decided to step out of the project.”
He was also asked about what his vision of World War Z sequel was but he declined to comment saying that there was a team currently working on the film. Bayona had dropped out of the film in January of 2016 after his pre-existing commitments with A Monster Calls and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom got in the way of working on the sequel and Paramount wanted to film that year. Later David Fincher had signed with to direct the film with an early 2018 production start.
The film was once again delayed after the star and producer of the film Pitt, had to accommodate his appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. Fincher soon also moved on since there wasn’t a finalized script to produce the second season of the Netflix series Mindhunter. Paramount has confirmed the sequel back at Cinemacon this year but no dates have been released.
At this point who knows if this film will ever get off the ground. Which brings up the question if this film should even be made given all of the delays it keeps going through. What are your thoughts? Should Paramount continue to pursuit this film? Or should they move on? Let us know in the comment section below!
Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is now showing in theaters everywhere.