Paramount Will Feed Our Zombie Cravings with a 'World War Z' Sequel

What letter comes after Z?
Paramount’s going to have to figure something out, because the studio announced over the weekend that it plans to move ahead with a sequel to Brad Pitt’s World War Z… a movie that initially was considered to be the launch pad for a potential trilogy.  
Box office numbers (and strong critical reviews) convinced Paramount that there was an interest in the world Pitt and his team derived from Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, which takes place during a global pandemic that turns the world’s population into zombies. Pitt plays Gerry Lane, a U.N. investigator who globe-trots to zombie hot spots in search of the “source” of the virus. By the end of the film, he has produced… well, I’ll leave that for you to discover, but it’s clear that Lane still has work to do if he’s going to rid Earth of flesh-craving monsters. 
World War Z surprised many over the weekend, earning an estimated $66 million domestically and landing at number two on the box office top 10. (Pixar’s Monsters University won the weekend with a dominant $82 million haul.) Pitt’s blockbuster has crossed the $110 million mark worldwide, and still has PLENTY of other international markets to tame. 
So the race is afoot to get a Z sequel off the ground. Pitt says that there is plenty of material to hone from Brooks’ novel, which means they need to lock up a screenwriter (or two) and land a director who’s eager to take the next step with this suddenly healthy “undead” franchise. 




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