Even though the movie suffered a whole host of problems behind the scenes and with it’s overall plot, it somehow didn’t stop World War Z from becoming one of last year’s biggest box office successes, raking in a mind-blowing $533m. Of course with a highly successfull first film many more must follow, so the cash cow can be completely drained.
A sequel was instantly given the greenlight and work begin immedaitely and up until recently things were moving ahead, now it seems the sequel has hit some development problems with Brad Pitt, the lead and producer of the original, hinting that filming could be pushed back until the summer of 2015.
Why the delay? Well, for a number of reasons, chiefly becasue Pitt has to shoot another movie, this time with his partner Angelina Jolie and that creative differences between the actor and the director of WWZ, Marc Forester, led to the hiring of Steven Kinight who as well as taking over directorial duties will also pen the second installment, with the help of writing staff from the original and as Pitt explained recently in an interview they won’t be short of ideas:
“We have so many ideas on the table from the time we spent developing this thing and figuring out how the zombie worlds work… We think we have a lot of stuff to mine from.”
The problems the original movie faced during production were well known, creative differences and a complete re-write of the third act at the last minute, but with this news even though the schedule has been delayed, the production seems to be far steadier, which doesn’t detract from the fact that as a die-hard tradionalist I have nothing but contempt for the film and the fact that the original book by Max Brooks was bastardised in such barbaric fashion means Hollywood is dead to me.