Variety reports that Paramount and Brad Pitt are actively pursing a new director for their World War Z sequel after losing JA Bayona. They’re apparently in talks with David Fincher (Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl), who is known for avoiding big studio films after his horrid experience working on debut feature Alien 3.
Word is that when Pitt has approached him he’s kept an open mind, the two worked on Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It’s hard to deny that the pairing could only the film with their extensive working relationship being.
Fincher has teased the idea of making big studio films recently as he was attempting a new version of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea at Disney with Brad Pitt attached for the Captain Nemo role.
An untitled sequel was set to begin production in 2016 with director JA Bayona, but due to delays he left to make the Jurassic World sequel for Universal instead. Originally slated for June 9th, 2017 it’s now without a release date.
The studio hopes to begin shooting in early 2017.