World War Z sequel coming in 2017

Paramount has confirmed an official release date for the sequel to World War Z, with the new film set to open in US theaters on 9 June 2017.

Plot details have been kept closely guarded, but the follow-up will see Brad Pitt reprise his role as the former UN investigator striving to find a way to thwart the growing zombie pandemic. The Orphanage's Juan Antonia Bayona is on board to direct.

Despite some indifferent early reactions, the first film went on to make $540 million worldwide, securing Pitt the biggest opening weekend of his career into the bargain. Despite that success, screenwriter Steven Knight says he has approached the script to the sequel with a "clean slate" approach, suggesting the sequel may be a little more faithful to Max Brooks' source material.

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