Brad Pitt’s ‘World War Z’ Sequel to Be Directed by ‘The Impossible’s’ J.A. Bayona

Marc Forster directed the first film but he’s not returning for the next installment in the zombie franchise

“The Impossible” director J.A. Bayona is set to direct a sequel to “World War Z” for Paramount and Brad Pitt‘s Plan B, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Marc Forster directed the first film, which managed to survive bad pre-release buzz stemming from costly reshoots en route to grossing $540 million worldwide.

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Pitt starred as a United Nations staffer tasked with stopping a zombie plague. The film was based on the novel by Max Brooks, though the storyline was significantly different from the source material.

Plan B has yet to hire writers for the sequel, though Bayona is expected to oversee the writing process.

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Bayona previously directed the refreshing genre picture “The Orphanage.” He’s represented by CAA.