According to Deadline, Bayona exited the project due to timing, with Paramount trying to push the director to have the film ready for a June 9, 2017 release. Naturally, Bayona felt that wasn’t enough time to create the movie he wanted to create becasue he has commitments for another film, A Monster Calls.
This news has been confirmed via a statement from Paramount who said, “Bayona is no longer able to make World War Z 2 this year, and it is our ambition to do so. He is a wonderful director and we hope to work with him soon.”
This isn’t the first bump in the road for the film, as it just received a new writer back in October.
The first World War Z went on to gross nearly $540 million on its $200 million budget, despite the fact that it was met with middling reviews. Ah, the power of Brad Pitt, we suppose. For now, Pitt is the only actor currently attached to the film.
Paramount will look to find a replacement director to fill Bayona’s shoes in the coming weeks, and hopefully they can do so so that they don’t disrupt the schedule of upcoming zombie movies. We’ll be following World War Z 2 closely here at Nerdmuch.com, so stay tuned to our zombies coverage hub.