David Fincher in Talks for World War Z Sequel


For years, David Fincher fans have been dying to him return to the darker realm of some of his earlier films. Movies like Gone Girl and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo certainly have an edge, but they’re also relatively mainstream thrillers based on best-selling novels. Before that, it seemed like Fincher was more interested in pursuing awards-type material, but perhaps The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network scratched that itch. Now this week it looks like he might be going in the other direction as he is reportedly on the verge of tackling his first horror movie since Seven or Alien 3 (or maybe his first horror movie period, depending on how you classify those films). But there’s a catch: he would be directing the sequel to what is arguably the biggest blockbuster horror movie of all time: World War Z. Something tells me there are going to be a lot of conflicted fans over this one.

According to Variety, David Fincher is currently in talks to direct World War Z 2 for Paramount and Skydance. Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) was previously attached to direct but dropped out earlier this year, partially to spend more time on his upcoming film A Monster Calls but also to free himself up to direct the Jurassic World sequel. Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Locke) wrote the original draft of the script, which was rewritten by Dennis Kelly (Black Sea). (Kelly was also the creator of the TV series Utopia, which Fincher was adapting for HBO before it fell apart last year.)

Fincher had a notoriously terrible experience working on Alien 3 and resolved never to work on a studio sequel again. Considering all the production problems and reshoots that plagued the first World War Z, it seems like this is something Fincher would want to stay far away from. However, Brad Pitt is starring in and producing the film, and they have previously worked together on a number of films including Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Fincher and Pitt have apparently built up a lot of trust in each other and that trust must be pretty strong for Fincher to be even considering it. What do you think, would you like to see a David Fincher-directed zombie movie? More importantly, do you think this will actually happen?

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  • Jared Kerr

    World War Z is “arguably the biggest blockbuster horror movie of all time”? It is “arguably the most forgettable blockbuster horror movie of all time”.

    I would give nearly anything to see David Fincher do a horror movie, but this does not make sense on so many levels…the tone of the first World War Z was the opposite of moody. I cannot picture this…I would rather Fincher direct the next Friday the 13th. Bizarre.

  • Sean

    Yeah it made $540 million worldwide. I think only The Sixth Sense and I Am Legend made more, although they ride the line of horror a little more. Jaws and The Exorcist would probably beat it if we adjusted for inflation.

  • Anthony

    I think a lot of the studio politics and onset problems plaguing Alien 3 was rooted in that being Fincher’s first film and still being an unknown in the grand scheme of things (dude had only directed music videos at that point). I think with not only the success he’s had but also just the reputation he’s built amongst critics, actors, other directors, etc, there’d be a lot less interference and conflict.

    I’ll even go as far to speculate that if Fincher did Alien 3 after Seven or Fight Club, there’d be far less issues and studio interference resulting in a far better product than what we got.

  • I trust him. Just get this guy directing movies again.

  • LordAwesome

    Get him directing on film again and not his horribly sterile digital cameras and I’ll be interested.

  • No way man, Fincher shoots digital so well. Social Network and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo are both great looking films.

  • 9No

    I’d be down for this, but I’m sure he’ll end up dropping out over creative differences.