Pitt, Skydance and Paramount are reportedly in talks for Fincher to helm the sequel to the 2013 zombie apocalypse movie, which is based on the best-selling novel by Max Brooks.
The film adaptation went on to earn $540 million worldwide at the box office despite having a rocky production and expensive reshoots.
If Fincher, whose last feature was the critically-acclaimed 2013 thriller “Gone Girl,” comes on board the “World War Z” sequel, it would be the fourth time the director and producer/star have worked together, having previously joined forces on “Se7en,” “Fight Club” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
Filming is expected to start in 2017.
Initially, director J.A. Bayona was attached to direct the “World War Z” sequel, however, the Spanish director left the project to go direct “Jurassic World 2” for Universal and executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow.
Variety first reported David Fincher‘s involvement with the project.