'World War Z' Sequel Moves Forward with New Writer

The "World War Z" sequel is back on track, as reported today by The Hollywood Reporter. Dennis Kelly, who is best known for his work on the British show "Utopia," will write the latest draft of the script; taking over from a previous draft by Steven Knight.

Despite the global box office success of the first "World War Z" film, which brought in $540 million worldwide, the planned sequel has met some rough spots in the development process. J.A. Bayona has been set to direct the sequel for Paramount, but when he was eyed to direct the "Jurassic World" sequel for Universal, has involvement in "World War Z" was left in question.

2013's original "World War Z" film was based on a novel by author Max Brooks, adapted by writers Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard and Damon Lindelof. Brad Pitt is set to return in the lead role and as producer.

"World War Z 2" is slated to debut in theaters on June 9, 2017.

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