World War Z overcame a fair amount of negative pre-release buzz – concerning its deviations from the source material and the fact that its entire original third act had been scrapped and re-shot – to gross over half a billion dollars worldwide in theaters and earn a decent (not great) reception from critics and general moviegoers alike. Paramount Pictures is thus moving ahead with a sequel, and has now settled on a 2017 release date for Brad Pitt’s next zombie fight.
The original cliff-hanger ending to World War Z was ultimately dropped in favor of a climax that gave more closure to the film’s narrative; this might explain why World War Z 2 screenwriter Steven Knight – who has a pretty strong writing track record (Eastern Promises, Locke) with a few exceptions (Seventh Son) – has said the sequel will start with something of a ‘clean slate’. Directing the second WWZ installment is Juan Antonio Bayona, who is well-versed in the art of both horror (The Orphanage, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful) and large-scale disaster stories alike (The Impossible).
World War Z 2, for those reasons, has the potential to be an improvement on its predecessor, and at the same time a solid contender at the box office, when it opens on June 9th, 2017.
Source : Screen Rant