by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Despite a ton of behind the scenes baggage, rewrites & reshoots galore and a general sense of despair, World War Z turned out to be a huge hit. Grossing over $500 million worldwide, talks of a sequel started popping up but soon quieted down.
Well, the Indiewire blog Thompson on Hollywood has just brought us some pretty interesting news. Stephen Knight, writer and director of Locke and writer of Eastern Promises, The Hundred-Foot Journey and Seventh Son has been given the greenlight to write a treatment for the next installment.
The film, set to begin shooting in October for a 2016 release, is supposedly going to go in a direction that we arent expecting. Knight was quoted as saying “I thought, ‘why not? What fun.’ It’s not quite like the other, we’re starting with clean slate. When they’ve signed off we’re on.”
This sounds interesting. What does he mean by “clean slate?” Will this be a story told parallel to the original, chronicling another family’s fight for survival? Will it show us a glimpse into the future where the zombies have evolved to figure out how the humans are masking themselves? Or will it show us a world where the humans have come close to winning and now we begin the clean-up process? Or will it be more like Max Brooks’ book and be an anthology of sorts, telling a myriad of tales from around the infected globe during the outbreak?
Either way, I loved the first movie (as well as the book) and eagerly await the next installment. With a talented writer like Knight on board, I have high hopes..