Rather upsetting news from The Playlist, who reports Paramount Pictures, just last night, pulled the plug on the long-awaited World War Z sequel, which was currently in development under director David Fincher.
The site notes that budget was certainly an issue, but only to a degree. Fincher and his team were proposing something less than the budget of the original ($190 million before costly re-shoots). The site believes it's not entirely coincidental that Paramount, which makes far fewer films than the average studio, just designated the money for two huge blockbusters: Mission Impossible 7 and 8, that will arrive in summer 2020 and 2021 respectively.
The unofficially titled World War Z 2 was roughly aiming for a summer shoot this year and had been staffing up for a lengthy shoot this year in five different countries and a six-month shoot in Atlanta, but the film simply never received its green light, and none of these hires were officially made.
Star Brad Pitt is not a happy camper with the studio right now, added the site. World War Z is now six years old and given that Pitt held out for years, waiting for Fincher’s schedule to clear and Paramount to greenlight the movie.
It's pretty safe to say, the World War Z sequel is officially (un)dead.