J.A. Bayona (“The Orphanage”) will direct the zombie movie for Paramount and Plan B
Fresh off strong reviews for his experimental drama “Locke,” Steven Knight has been set to write the “World War Z” sequel for Paramount and Brad Pitt‘s company Plan B, an individual familiar with the zombie project told TheWrap.
Paramount had no comment.
Directed by Marc Forster and based on the popular book by Max Brooks, “World War Z” overcame negative pre-release buzz to gross $540 million worldwide thanks to mostly positive reviews.
The “World War Z” sequel is still several years off, as Bayona plans to direct “A Monster Calls” for Focus first.
Knight, who previously wrote “Eastern Promises,” earned an Oscar nomination for writing “Dirty Pretty Things.” His upcoming films include DreamWorks’ “The Hundred Foot Journey,” Ed Zwick’s Bobby Fischer movie “Pawn Sacrifice” and Legendary’s “Seventh Son,” while John Wells plans to direct his script “Chef.”
Knight is a nice get for Paramount and Pitt, who is already working with the writer on a WWII romantic thriller that is in development at Graham King’s GK Films.
“Locke,” which finds Tom Hardy giving a tour-de-force performance in a car, is one of the best reviewed films of the year, boasting an 88% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Knight is represented by CAA and United Agents.
The news was first reported by Variety.