New Screenwriters for 'World War Z' Sequel and 'Independence Day 2'

world-war-z-movie-review-featSteven Knight (Locke) has signed on to write the screenplay for the World War Z sequel to be directed by J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage) and again starring Brad Pitt returning in the starring role. Plot details are unknown, but the film is expected to continue the story of Max Brooks' popular novel. [Variety]

Also on the sequel horizon is Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2, which is currently slated for a July 1, 2016 release. It was announced Carter Blanchard will rewrite James Vanderbilt's script. Blanchard is an untested writer, never having a screenplay for a feature actually go into production, but he is responsible for at least one draft of Spyhunter at Warner Bros... if that matters. [Deadline]

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Torryz/ Torryz

    There is no reason why these two movies should exist.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

      I liked World War Z and it barely scratched the surface of everything that's in the book, so a sequel seems reasonable.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    A sequel to WWZ is more.........potential filled based on almost the whole book being excised. Could save a lot of money on budget depending on route taken if they take even a couple strands and adapt them. It's too big a book for one film, but elements could work.

    I can see ID getting delayed or shelved yet. It's too far down the line for a sequel even as much as I enjoy the film itself.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

      And Brad Pitt's character wasn't even in the book if I remember right. I kept wondering if Gerry Lane would show up and he never did. The resistance in the book was much more diffuse instead of hinging on one dude.

    • http://hamzaonmovies.blogspot.ca Hamza Zain

      I always thought it could have worked if shot like something like District 9, or that documentary style. And by that, I mean if they actually used the book, and not just the name.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    Juan Antonio Bayona is directing?? Damn, how did they manage that?