The halt is likely due to budget issues.
The sequel to World War Z, which was set to be directed by David Fincher, has reportedly been put on hold due to budget issues and a lack of momentum.
Broken by The Playlist and further reported on by THR, preproduction for the sequel to the 2013 film was halted last night, and Paramount and producers with Brad Pitt’s Plan B company reportedly started making calls to the crew of the film on Wednesday morning, informing them of the news. The film was reportedly set to begin production in spring or early summer in Atlanta.
Sources claim that budget issues are ultimately what caused the plug to be pulled on the sequel, and that it’s currently unclear if it will eventually go back into production, or if it will be shelved indefinitely. The Playlist also claims that Paramount “dragged their heels” on the production, never giving it a proper schedule to work with.
After it was confirmed that World War Z’s director Marc Forster wouldn’t be returning for a sequel, planning began in starts and stops. Eventually Juan Antonio Bayona was named as director, though he officially left the project in 2016 to work on A Monster Calls. By 2017, Paramount decided on Fight Club and Gone Girl director David Fincher, who is the director Brad Pitt wanted for the sequel.
In our review of World War Z, we called the film “Good” saying “Brad Pitt’s World War Z is part globetrotting thriller, part end-of-the-world zombie fest, and mostly pretty good.”
Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.