World War Z 2: The Canceled Sequel That Fans Hoped For

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After the success of World War Z, fans were eager for a sequel. The movie reunited director David Fincher and star Brad Pitt who worked together on Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

An alleged leaked synopsis for the film made the rounds in 2019. The sequel would see Gerry Lane traverse the globe after developing a vaccine that makes humans invisible to zombies but only lasts 36 hours.

The Story

In a world of zombie sequels that are often clumsily derivative of their predecessors, the original World War Z stood apart as a smart and thrilling action adventure. Based on the novel by Max Brooks, the movie followed United Nations investigator Gerry Lane as he traversed the globe in a race against time to find a cure for a global pandemic.

The film was a huge success, both critically and commercially, and it left audiences wanting more of the same. Despite several setbacks—including David Fincher’s busy schedule and Brad Pitt’s commitment to Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood—World War Z 2 was finally slated for production in 2019.

But in February of that year, Paramount Studios abruptly canceled the project, citing China’s ban on films featuring zombies as the main reason. The studio also stated that the budget was too high for the project to proceed.

The Cast

The first movie in this big-budget zombie apocalypse series was a global blockbuster that saw Brad Pitt’s Gerry Lane jet around the world trying to find a solution to a worldwide plague. Based on the Max Brooks bestselling novel, it was a thrilling and action-packed film that many consider to be the best of its kind.

The movie boasts some incredible action sequences that will have you on the edge of your seat as millions of mindless and uncivilized zombies try to chase down Pitt’s character and get to the secret lab where he’s been working on a vaccine.

While the sequel was rumored to be in production for years, it eventually got canceled due to a number of reasons. These include David Fincher’s commitment to Mindhunter 2 and China’s ban on films about zombies or ghosts. Despite this setback, fans of the original movie still have high hopes that the film will be resurrected once again and bring more action-packed thrills to the big screen.

The Trailer

It’s been over a decade since the release of World War Z, a movie that disappointed many fans. The film was a sloppy, dull action movie with no real suspense or terror to it. It also suffered from being too similar to other zombie movies like Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later and Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion.

Fortunately, the movie did make some money so a sequel was in the works. The movie was in production before it got paused and would have reunited director David Fincher and star Brad Pitt after their work together on films like Se7en, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

According to a leaked synopsis (which should be taken with a grain of salt) the movie would have continued with Gerry Lane as he searches for Dr. Morel, the missing virologist from the first movie. This time the story would be set in a post-pandemic world that is overrun by zombies.

Overall

After World War Z smashed box office records and became the highest-grossing movie of Brad Pitt’s career, fans were eagerly anticipating a sequel. However, the film’s production was halted due to various reasons and it was never made.

One of the most obvious reasons was that it wasn’t as successful as Paramount expected it to be, especially with its $190 million budget. Another reason was that director Marc Forster had other projects on his plate at the time, such as Quantum of Solace and Machine Gun Preacher.

Nevertheless, there are still some people who want to see a sequel happen. In their opinion, the first movie was a fun ride that had some good moments.

It would be great to see a follow-up that explores an adventurous new world and learns from the mistakes of the original film. Hopefully, someday it will get made. And if it does, then I’m sure it will be a thrilling and suspenseful experience.

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