The Horror Honeys: Honey Buzz ~ World War Z... 2?

Honey Buzz ~ World War Z... 2?

When you have a film that's successful at the box office, the natural direction for studios to leap towards is a sequel. Sequels are easy, and most films worth half their investment tease at the possibility of a storyline continuation, even if it's not warranted in the slightest. A bit of a surprise box office success, World War Z, had immediate buzz for a sequel, but nothing (obviously) happened with that. Until now. SlashFilm reports that World War Z2 (No, that's not the actual title, but it's working for me) is scheduled to be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage & 2 episodes of Penny Dreadful) for a 2016 release.
Steven Knight, the writer and director of Locke, and writer of Eastern Promises, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Dirty Pretty Things and Seventh Son, is writing a treatment for the sequel. He suggested the film wouldn’t be what fans are expecting. He said he’s starting with a “clean slate.” 

Considering that the original film was NOT what fans (or Max Brooks for that matter) were expecting, it's probably more fair to say that we're getting another film about zombies, under the same title as the first one, but that they'll be NOTHING alike. So it's now more of an anthology series of films with the same title? I think Ryan Murphy better get in on this one, since he invented anthologies. 

Knight was talking to Thompson on Hollywood about World War Z. Here’s the excerpt:

He’s writing the treatment for the sequel for Brad Pitt’s Plan B’s “World War Z,” which is set to shoot in October for 2016 release. “I thought, ‘why not? What fun.’ It’s not quite like the other, we’re starting with clean slate. When they’ve signed off we’re on.”


SlashFilm assumes that Brad Pitt will be back in the lead role for the sequel, but I say no way. Starting with a clean slate means no familiar storylines or faces, and perhaps they'll stick closer to the book or take something (anything) from the chapters within. I'm reserving judgement until I see a quote from Max Brooks either calling it a piece of shit, or giving some tacit endorsement. But I'm a stickler for that kind of crap.