Paramount and Skydance Productions have hired Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) to direct the sequel to World War Z. The first film earned $202 million domestically and $540 million worldwide. The film also had decent reviews even after the problems with the third act that required additional shooting and rewrites.
The first film starred Brad Pitt as a United Nations employee who travels the world to stop a zombie plague. The film ended with a camouflage against the dead being found to aid those escaping and fighting the zombies. The original ending had Pitt’s family being kept with a “cold-hearted army officer” as Pitt begins to storm America to fight a zombie horde.
Bayona met with Pitt, who produced the first film through Plan B and will also produce the sequel. No writers have been found at this time, but Bayona will oversee the process.