Steven Knight hired for World War Z sequel script

News Rob Leane 29 May 2014 - 07:54

The Locke and Dirty Pretty Things writer Steven Knight has been hired for the sequel to World War Z...

Marc Forster’s World War Z surprised a lot of people last year by picking up some decent reviews and a big box office total, despite a publically troubled production with noteworthy departures from the source material.

The sequel already has a director in the shape of Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible), and now it has a writer too – Locke’s writer-director Steven Knight.

As well as this good form in claustrophobia and close-quarters character study, Knight also penned the scripts for Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises and Jason Statham’s Hummingbird, which seems a promising sign for this zombie sequel.

The original was loosely adapted from a sequel-less Max Brooks novel by no less than four writers (including Drew Goddard and Damon Lindelof). Knight will surely be hoping for more creative control with his follow-up.

Interviewing Brad Pitt around the time of the initial production, the LA Times claimed that “Forster and Paramount Pictures each view World War Z as a trilogy that would have the grounded, gun-metal realism of Damon's Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC's The Walking Dead.”

It’s unclear whether these claims remain true, but either way it will be interesting to see what Knight brings to the table. Whether Brad Pitt’s will return is unclear at this stage. More on this as we hear it.

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Well he probably couldn't do any worse than the last lot.
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And yes before you get all yappy about it actually being an ok film, I agree. It just should never have been called World War Z. Seriously, go watch the Honest Trailer for it over at Youtube as to actually how flawed it is.

Yeah, the honest trailer is hilarious.
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If they hadn't came up with the camo/cure nonsense then the original source could have given them plenty of ideas for sequels, even without Pitt. Now though the obvious place to go is the inevitable "fight to take the planet back!!!!!!!!!!!".
Hopefully it will avoid becoming too bland.
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And like you Rich, I enjoyed it but it didn't live up to its potential.

I suppose I'm tentatively anticipating this. WWZ, while not great by any stretch of the imagination, was much more enjoyable than it should have been. Considering it was barely based on Brooks' source, they could go anywhere with the sequel, and the Steven Knight/Juan Antonio Bayona combo sounds interesting.

Count me in...but I'll take general admission.

WWZ was thoroughly toothless - basically a montage of a film at best. Passed some time, left narry a a mark on my brainmeats. Inoffensive, and forgettable: Obvious hit.

I enjoyed the film purely on a popcorn blockbuster level. I read the book afterwards and was shocked at how little crossover there was. Israel putting up a wall and...er... that's about it.

The biggest change imo was switching the zombies to the fast moving model. As soon as they did that it makes it impossible to follow the plot of the books as so much is dependant on them being slow glacial force. I can imagine that someone made a call high up and that must have causes the writers a big headache.

I liked. But like most people have said it should have had some more of the book in it......you know other than the title! The Chinese submarine in particular from the book could have been a fantastic part of the film given the globe hopping antics we got.

Can't believe you didn't mention Knight's involvement in creating Peaky Blinders as well! I always felt that had a bit of a post-apocalyptic vibe (in terms of the fiery industrial setting anyway). Hopefully the writing team will start from scratch and build the story from the foundations of the book.

I'm glad I wasn't the only one who enjoyed WWZ though. I mean, from the trailers I knew it would be nothing like the book and so my expectations were low but I came out pleasantly surprised. I thought the beginning in particular was great - lots of panic with nobody knowing who was/wasn't infected and the WHO lab was a tight, claustrophobic bit of traditional horror after the previous huge scale Hollywood destruction. Did it do justice to Max Brooks' work? No, but by any other name I think it was a perfectly decent zombie action romp.

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