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Juan Antonio Bayona departs World War Z sequel

World War Z

Story by Jack Foley

JUAN Antonio Bayona will no longer direct the sequel to Brad Pitt zombie film World War Z.

In a statement released by Paramount, the director has dropped out of the project due to other commitments.

It reads: “Because of pre-existing film commitments, Bayona is not able to make World War Z this year, and it is our ambition to do so. He is a wonderful director and we hope to work with him soon.”

Bayona is currently putting the finishing touches to A Monster Calls his adaptation of the critically-acclaimed novel by Patrick Ness. He has previously directed The Orphanage and The Impossoble.

The original World War Z became one of the surprise summer hits of 2013, grossing $540 million worldwide despite rumours of a troubled production that included re-shoots and a completely revised third act. Marc Forster was the director.

Screenwriter Steven Knight, whose credits include Eastern Promises and the Tom Hardy drama Locke, is currently penning the sequel, which currently has a release date of June 9, 2017.

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