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Brad Pitt eyes David Fincher reunion for World War Z sequel

World War Z

Story by Jack Foley

BRAD Pitt is eying a reunion with Seven: director David Fincher for the sequel to his zombie blockbuster World War Z.

According to US trade publication Variety, Pitt is talking to the Gone Girl filmmaker about stepping in for The Orphanage director JA Bayona, who recently left the project to take on the sequel to Jurassic World.

If successful, the film would mark the pair’s fourth collaboration after previously working together on Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Pitt, who will star in and produce World War Z 2, is keen to get some movement on the project, which remains a franchise close to his heart. He has reportedly met with a number of directors but is keen to reunite with Fincher given their previous successes.

The original World War Z suffered from a difficult production period, with reports of re-shoots and rumours of on-set friction between Pitt and director Mark Forster. But in spite of this, the film became a box office hit, taking $540m worldwide.

The sequel was inevitable after that but it has taken longer than expected to enter production.

Pitt will next be seen opposite Marion Cotillard in Robert Zemeckis’s second world war thriller Allied, the trailer for which has just debuted, as well as the Netflix comedy War Machine, from Animal Kingdom director David Michôd.

Fincher’s last film was 2014 thriller Gone Girl which became his most profitable movie to date, making $369m (£284m) worldwide.

He has also recently shot Mindhunter, a pilot for Netflix, which was produced by Charlize Theron. The drama focuses on two FBI agents in the 1970s who use convicted serial killers to help them with ongoing cases.

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