Entering theaters in a crowded summer movie season and sandwiched between big releases like Star Trek Into Darkness and Man of Steel, Brad Pitt’s zombie-themed thriller World War Z stood out as a pretty big box office success, grossing over $540 million worldwide. Now, the actor is coming back to face off against the zombies once again.
According to Variety, Paramount has officially dated the as-yet untitled sequel to World War Z for release on June 9th, 2017. The film, which will be produced by Pitt and written by Steven Knight (Seventh Son), is expected to further show the effects of the war between zombies and humans, who at the end of the first film were forced to find safety from the undead hordes in refugee camps. Specific plot details aren’t currently known. The film will be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, who previously directed The Impossible starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.
Much like the first film’s release in 2013, the second film will be entering a summer movie season that’s already getting pretty crowded. The selected opening date of June 9th will place i in direct competition with 20th Century Fox’s already slotted sequel to this August’s Fantastic Four, and it will bow just two weeks after Disney’s planned release of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Episode VIII. Other films opening after it include Disney’s Toy Story 4 on June 16th, and Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s Wonder Woman on June 23rd. Other films slated for release later in the summer of 2017 include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, War of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel to Pacific Rim, and Marvel Studios’ reboot of Spider-Man.
Placing World War Z 2 in direct competition with Fantastic Four 2 when so many other major releases are around will likely mean that it runs the risk of tanking next to the FF, or dominating the box office instead. It’s a very interesting decision, but we’ll have to see how it all shakes out when the sequel is released on June 9th, 2017.
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