The Orphanage and The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona has reportedly signed a deal to helm the yet untitled sequel to Paramount and Skydance Productions’ World War Z.
The follow-up to this summer’s zombie tentpole based on the very different Max Brooks’ bestselling novel is still in search of a writer, but we do know that Brad Pitt will again produce the film and due to the trouble-laden production process, WWZ helmer Marc Forster wasn’t keen on returning to direct World War Z 2.
Bayona was on ‘a very short list’ and has reportedly landed the gig after meeting with Pitt. The Spanish director will also oversee the writing process.
He has experience handling big set pieces and he’s also tackled the horror genre so this seems like a really good fit.
In the end, World War Z went on to earn over $540 million worldwide and with Bayona directing, Paramount definitely wants to ramp up the scares so we’ll just have to wait and see where the story of ex-UN employee with Indiana Jones-esque toughness goes from here.
The studio has not yet set a release date, but expect that to happen soon.