Juan Antonio Bayona Chosen To Direct WORLD WAR Z Sequel

World War Z was the surprise hit of the summer, but after reports that star Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster at one point stopped talking, it should come as no surprise that a new director has been found for the sequel; The Impossible's Juan Antonio Bayona. Read on for details!

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By Josh Wilding - 12/10/2013

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Juan Antonio Bayona - who directed 2012's tsunami drama The Impossible - is officially on board to helm the World War Z sequel. Despite the fact that many analysts were gleefully predicting that the movie would be a critical and commercial failure, it went on to earn over $540 million worldwide. The production problems and reshoots were well-publicised (the entire third act was changed and Matthew Fox's character was almost completely cut out as a result), so it's perhaps not that huge of a surprise that Marc Forster isn't returning. According to the site, "Bayonna was on the very short shortlist of directors a few weeks ago. He met with Pitt, who produced the movie via his Plan B banner and is also producing the sequel, before getting the gig. No writers are attached at this stage, but Bayona will oversee the writing process." Bayona also directed the Guillermo del Toro-produced The Orphanage.
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RyGoR - 12/10/2013, 3:01 PM
I liked what they did for the movie completely surprised me how much I liked it high hopes for the sequel!!
SuperCat - 12/10/2013, 3:01 PM
First one wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Ending sucked though.
NovaCorpsFan - 12/10/2013, 3:05 PM
Wasn't there a cat in the movie poster? Y'know the one where the zombies are towering up to the helicopter?
ManofSteel23 - 12/10/2013, 3:05 PM
I liked wwz, I'd watch a sequel, as long as it doesn't rely on another sequel to conclude the story
cipher - 12/10/2013, 3:07 PM
ATrueHero1987 - 12/10/2013, 3:12 PM
I loved WWZ and to think, MANY people on this site thought it would flop.lol
BloodyHell - 12/10/2013, 3:13 PM
World War Z is over rated. I think, trying to make a better movie, doing reshoots and rewrites, they messed up the movie
NovaCorpsFan - 12/10/2013, 3:13 PM
cipher

I told you I'd be a while, just sit tight in the car and I'll be out in ten minutes, God.
SpaceRobot - 12/10/2013, 3:18 PM
Loved wwz, surprisingly. The Impossible was a great movie as well and The Orphanage is underrated so I think the new director is a perfect fit!
RorMachine - 12/10/2013, 3:20 PM
No interest. First one was a silly bore imo.
cipher - 12/10/2013, 3:22 PM
Nova- Alright, alright.. I'll sit tight. Just, try to, like.. y'know.. "slip" on that puddle of scotch in front of the place, and make sure the "OW, MY ANKLE.. I THINK IT'S BROKEN" is loud enough bounce off the treetops.

Maybe we'll rope in one of 'em ambulance chasers fresh outta law school.
Facade - 12/10/2013, 3:23 PM
I enjoyed it. Release date?
elib - 12/10/2013, 3:23 PM
Good zombie movie but too bad it didn't follow the book. That could have been something much more memorable and special. But good to hear the sequel is in capable hands
cipher - 12/10/2013, 3:23 PM
And don't drink all the Highland Park.
NovaCorpsFan - 12/10/2013, 3:29 PM
Hmmm... sounds like a very well thought out plan ciph my man.

But I ain't makin' any promise on the Highland Park. You want a six pack o' Carlsberg or something?
Tony93 - 12/10/2013, 3:32 PM
what was the alt. ending?
cipher - 12/10/2013, 3:32 PM
batz- Haha, just take a left, then another left and keep walkin' till you're standing in the aisles. Pick your poison.. keep going till you forget.

;P
cipher - 12/10/2013, 3:33 PM
Haha, sure, mate. I think you deserve the Highland anyway.
NovaCorpsFan - 12/10/2013, 3:38 PM
Good, I'd hate to be hurtin' your feelin's drinkin' this. But you gave me your blessing so don't start crying on the drive home if you realise you need to taste something better than Carlsberg. Like dog's milk. Best type o' milk, dog's milk. Lasts ages, know why?

'Cause no bugger'll drink it.
TheSuperguy - 12/10/2013, 3:42 PM
The book was awesome, but the movie was just ok. Nothing like the book, (would've been better if it followed the book), but it was a PG-13 zombie movie that turned out better than I thought it would. I'll see the sequel.
ShawnMadden - 12/10/2013, 3:43 PM
Really dug the first one. Guessing this will be a 2016 release.
HeadPool420 - 12/10/2013, 4:32 PM
The movie was better then I thought it would have been. But they weren't zombies. Zombies eat the living these things just bit once and ran away. It was more like rabies or something from 28 Days Later. I'll still see the sequel. Hopefully it'll be R rated not PG13 again.
aRandomSinisterClone - 12/10/2013, 5:00 PM
the astronaut chapter of the book was the best. with Gravity's success, it could be an insane visual trip. watching countries nuke each others. the Chinese damn breaking, a continent of boats and rafts. it could be insane.
Alfredo27 - 12/10/2013, 5:06 PM
if only the would have kept the original ending :( it started good but ended so poorly
GoldenAge88 - 12/10/2013, 5:55 PM
Now maybe they can stick to the source material.
DrDoom - 12/10/2013, 8:16 PM
World War Z was lame. I doubt this guy will make a sequel any less lame

I just came here to see if Josh Wilding was editorializing in his news articles again
MightyZeus - 12/10/2013, 10:23 PM
I guess this is cool. I love World War Z. That film was an absolute masterpiece and it was creative with the zombie genre.

I'm looking forward to the sequel but i'm worried about this new director.
MecoBoy - 12/10/2013, 10:25 PM
El orfanto estaba padre, Juan Antonio Boyona si sabe como ser una pelicula de terror
JacksonVegaIII - 12/11/2013, 2:09 AM
WWZ is one of the finest zombie movies ever, if it wasnt for the pg13 it would probably be my favourite of the bunch. Ive got high hopes for this.
Omegacron - 12/11/2013, 9:07 AM
I loved Antonio Bayona in Desperado and Assassins.
Ramiel - 12/11/2013, 9:19 AM
WWZ was really a good movie. I was definitely surprised by that.
DrDoom - 12/11/2013, 12:51 PM
What the hell

On one of the previous WWZ threads everyone was talking about how lame it was

Here everyone is praising it

Must be opposite day

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