World War Z Star Not Giving Up On Scrapped Sequel (Even 10 Years Later)
World War Z star Mireille Enos is still hoping a sequel gets made, even 10 years later. The 2013 film, based on Max Brooks’ novel of the same name, tracked former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his efforts to stop a surging zombie apocalypse. Enos portrayed Gerry’s wife Karin who, along with her children, fought for survival as the infected began to grow in number. In addition to Enos and Pitt, the film’s ensemble cast included Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, David Morse, Peter Capaldi and Sterling Jerins.
Despite relative praise and a strong box office performance at the time of its release, plans to develop a World War Z sequel were scrapped back in 2019. In a recent interview with The Wrap, Enos revealed why she has not given up on the movie, noting how close it was to getting made and that its script was “great.” Read Enos’ comments regarding the possibility of World War Z 2 below:
“The script for the second movie was great. I wish the world could get to see it. We got really close to making a sequel. At one point David Fincher was signed on there was a completed script which was excellent and then one thing and another you know [and it never got made]. But never say never. I still think it would be great.“
Could A World War Z Sequel Still Happen?
With renewed interest in apocalypse and zombie related content stemming from The Walking Dead and HBO’s The Last of Us, a World War Z sequel still seems possible. In the end of the film, Gerry injected himself with a pathogen and confronted several of the infected, though his presence was disregarded. After reuniting with his family in a safe zone, footage showed a vaccine getting delivered to different parts of the world, but he confirmed that the battle against zombies was far from over.
It was previously speculated that in Fincher’s World War Z 2, the supposed vaccine would have only been effective for 36 hours and that a plan to have the infected turn on each other would be introduced. The director, known for such projects as Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac, and Gone Girl, could have made a compelling sequel, but complications regarding budget ultimately factored into its cancelation. While the first film grossed over $500 million, expanding costs and a number of reshoots were experienced, leading to it reportedly just breaking even.
Enos is not the only one hoping to revisit World War Z, as some fans of the source material expressed disappointment with its initial adaptation. The conclusion ultimately set up a World War Z 2, and it would be interesting to see what direction it goes in. Given that stars like Enos and Pitt could return, a sequel still has a lot of potential.
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