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World War Z 2: Everything you need to know

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From Digital Spy

World War Z might have had a troubled production, but the end result was an unexpected hit, delivering decent(ish) reviews and grossing $540 million worldwide.

Unsurprisingly, talk soon turned to a sequel to the Brad Pitt zombie offering, based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Max Brooks. But if the first movie had its struggles getting to the big screen, that's nothing compared to what's hit the sequel.

As of August 2019, it looks like the sequel is dead and not the living dead, but actually dead dead. Given what happened with the first movie, we can't yet rule out it being revived though, so here's everything that's happened behind-the-scenes so far.

World War Z 2 release date: Has it been cancelled?

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World War Z 2 has been planned as far back as the release of the original World War Z in 2013, but concrete plans for the movie have never really been made.

At one point the sequel was scheduled for release in 2017, but that time came and went without production even having begun. Shooting was then expected to begin in autumn 2018 after it was pushed back thanks to Brad Pitt signing up for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Another delay soon followed – caused by Fincher's work on Mindhunter season two – and that meant that shooting was going to begin in June 2019 instead, with that date later moved forward to March.

But then came the news that the sequel was delayed yet again as Paramount has halted pre-production on the sequel. The Hollywood Reporter suggested that it was down to the fact that China (one of the biggest movie markets) wouldn't release a zombie movie.

As we mentioned above, the current situation is that the movie isn't happening, but keep an eye here for any developments.

World War Z 2 cast: Who's in it?

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If the sequel does happen, Brad Pitt is on board to reprise his starring role as former United Nations investigator and intrepid zombie fighter Gerry Lane, but maybe that'll change depending on when or if a filming date is confirmed.

In May 2016, Mireille Enos confirmed that she would return as his wife, Karin Lane. It's not clear where things stand three years later and, unsurprisingly, no other casting has been announced.

World War Z 2 plot: What's it going to be about?

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The first movie was only loosely based on the bestselling novel of the same name by writer Max Brooks (the son of Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks, FYI), so predicting the plot of the sequel is a tricky business.

The globe-trotting original movie ended with a glimmer of hope for mankind's survival against the undead hordes, but as Gerry Lane says at the end of the film, there is still much left to be done.

The novel, whose story spans the globe and stretches into a political future much changed by the zombie pandemic, offers plenty of material for the filmmakers to draw on.

"A lot of stones have been laid," said Fincher in November 2017. "We're just deconstructing it right now against the mythology that exists to see where we can go."

As they left it, the remnants of mankind had discovered how to pass "unseen" among the infected – by infecting themselves with fatal but curable diseases – but the world remained overrun.

In World War Z 2 we'd expect to see the fightback begin, but whether that fightback ever actually starts remains to be seen...

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