Paramount Has Hired A Writer for ‘World War Z’ Sequel

By May 28, 2014

The production of World War Z was notoriously troubled, with things eventually getting so bad that Paramount had to scrap an expensive battle scene from Matthew Carnahan’s original script and hire Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard to rewrite the last 30 or 40 minutes of the film to make it work. Surprisingly, the film wasn’t nearly the disaster we all assumed it’d be: it was actually a solid piece of summer entertainment. Star Brad Pitt has been talking about a sequel since the film was released, and now THR reports that the studio has found a writer for the project: Steven Knight, the man most famous for writing Eastern Promises and writing and directing Locke, starring Tom Hardy.

Steven Knight

We already knew that The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona was tapped to direct this sequel, but Knight’s involvement is new, and it should result in an interesting team-up between writer and director. The idea for the sequel’s storyline is being kept under wraps at this point, but considering Pitt’s hyping of the project, it seems like he’ll be back in front of the camera as Gerry Lane, presumably attempting to protect his family while taking the vaccine worldwide as the fight against the zombies continues.

Knight (pictured above, and not to be confused with new “Daredevil” showrunner Steven S. DeKnight) has a new series called “Peaky Blinders” in the works, and he’s an interesting choice to come into this established world and craft the further adventures of Gerry Lane. He hasn’t been tasked with a film this huge before, and it remains to be seen what the future of this would-be franchise will be. Oftentimes writers are brought on to projects like this, they take a pass at the screenplay, and nothing ever comes of it. But with World War Z making more than half a billion dollars worldwide, it’s a safe bet we’ll be seeing something materialize fairly soon.

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