David Fincher Talks ‘World War Z’ Sequel That Never Happened; Compares It to ‘The Last of Us’

There was a time when David Fincher was attached to direct a sequel to the zombie epic World War Z, you may recall, but we learned back in 2019 that it was no longer happening. So what happened? And what would Fincher’s take on the material have been like?

Chatting with GQ UK this week, Fincher opens up about the unmade sequel.

Well, it was a little like The Last of Us,” Fincher explains. “I’m glad that we didn’t do what we were doing, because The Last of Us has a lot more real estate to explore the same stuff.

“In our title sequence, we were going to use the little parasite. They used it in their title sequence, and in that wonderful opening with the Dick Cavett, David Frost-style talk show.”

When asked by GQ UK if his World War Z sequel was going to stick closer to Max Brooks’ original book, Fincher replied “No.” Then added, “But there is some talk of doing that.”

In other words, another World War Z movie is definitely still possible. As for Fincher, he moved on to directing The Killer instead, which comes to Netflix on November 10.

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of action-horror movie World War Z, adapted from the Max Brooks novel and starring Brad Pitt as former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane.

In director Marc Forster’s World War Z, “a lethal virus, spread through a single bite, is turning healthy people into something vicious, unthinking, and feral. As the pandemic threatens to consume humanity, former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) leads a worldwide search to find the source of the infection and, with luck, a way to halt its spread.”

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