The Sequel to ‘World War Z’ Loses Its Director

By January 12, 2016

According to Deadline, up and coming talented director, Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage and this year’s A Monster Calls starring Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones) has bowed out of World War Z 2.

Juan-Antonio-Bayona-GoyaAfter having been attached for over two years, Bayona has left because of timing issues with co-financiers Paramount Studios and Skydance. After an initial delay in shooting due to star Brad Pitt’s schedule, Bayona shot and edited his indie feature, A Monster Calls, which only just recently finished post production. Bayona then wanted more prep time for World War Z 2, but that would have pushed the film past it’s current release date, June 9, 2017 – something the studio was not willing to do.  A confirmation came, stating:

“Bayona is no longer able to make World War Z 2 this year, and it is our ambition to do so. He is a wonderful director and we hope to work with him soon.”

Bayona was a big get for Paramount, given this day and age of grabbing young talent and giving them large tentpole movies. He has even been offered the Jurassic World sequel, which could now possibly happen as that film isn’t due in theaters until 2018. In the meantime, Paramount will likely mount a fast and furious search for someone to take over World War Z 2.  This sort of trouble should probably come as no surprise given the history of this franchise, yet despite everything, the original film became a hit and it’s no wonder Paramount wants to get the sequel out as fast as possible.  A script, originated by Stephen Kelly and rewritten by Dennis Kelly is already in place, and Pitt’s company, Plan B, is again set to produce.

The loss of Bayona is sad but with so much talent out there and such a high profile project up for grabs, it shouldn’t be too hard for Paramount to find someone. It’ll be interesting to see who.

Stay tuned for more updates, right here on Geeknation!

Rachel Cushing
Rachel is a television editor by day and either a Jedi knight, vampire slayer, or elvish warrior by night. In between she makes time for movies, movies, and more movies (plus a few books, television shows, and then…more movies). When she’s supposed to be sleeping, she writes about movies as well, both here on and on her own blog. Tweet her @RachelJCushing