WORLD WAR Z had a massive opening weekend, scoring a whopping $111.8 million worldwide, earning $66 million in North America over the weekend and marking star Brad Pitt's biggest box-office opening to date, so it's not surprising that we are already hearing that a sequel is in the works.
Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore told The Hollywood Reporter that the studio has actively turned to developing a sequel after the worldwide success of the film. This comes just days after Brad Pitt had suggested that we could be seeing more WORLD WAR Z films in the future, stating...
There is enough to mine from the book. We could barely get a fraction of the book in. So we'll see. We'll see."
THR reports that WORLD WAR Z initially was envisioned as a trilogy, but those plans were shelved when the movie ran into trouble, requiring extensive reworking of the last act. Initially set to open in December 2012, the movie's release date was pushed back to June, prompting many in Hollywood to anticipate a blood bath. But in a happy reversal of fortune, the film is off to a strong start, both in terms of its commercial and critical appeal. It will need to stay strong to make up for its $190 million budget, however. Paramount appears confident it will, judging by the fact that its reviving plans for further installments.
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WORLD WAR Z revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.
WORLD WAR Z also stars Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale and David Morse. Check out The Arrow's review of the film HERE.