It has now been six years since we’ve seen Brad Pitt go on a worldwide journey to find a cure for a zombie outbreak that has spread amongst the world. Since its release, word on a sequel has been floating around with no solid confirmation. Well, don’t kill the messenger but now the confirmation we have is that Paramount pulled the plug on the sequel last night!
One aspect of filmmaking that can cause very significant creative differences is a budget. The first film had a proposed budget of $190 million, and David Fincher is said to have wanted a lower budget to also win over the studio. Albeit that Mr. Fincher is one of the best filmmakers of our generation, this wasn’t enough to get green lit. Especially now since the studio just green lit two more consecutively released Mission Impossible films.
Momentum and, for lack of a better word, hype, seem to be driving factors that get films made nowadays. World War Z 2 no longer had any of those. It’s a shame because the concept is amazing but sadly, movies don’t get made entirely on good concepts. Brad Pitt doesn’t seem happy with the decision either, but this could mean that someday, somewhere, we may see a sequel happen.
The silver lining in all of this can perhaps be the fact that Fincher can devote more time to Mindhunter and other mind bending projects that he’s so well known for. However, I could just be in denial!
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