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Brad Pitt still developing Black Hole with David Fincher and says Marc Forster will not direct the World War Z sequel

Oct. 3, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Brad Pitt has been as active behind the scenes as he has been starring in movies over the last few years. His Plan B production company has been behind Pitt's films like THE TREE OF LIFE, KILLING THEM SOFTLY, and WORLD WAR Z as well as the movies KICK-ASS, EAT PRAY LOVE, and the upcoming 12 YEARS A SLAVE. While discussing his producing work with The Hollywood Reporter, Pitt shared some information on upcoming films he has in the works and the inevitable sequel to WORLD WAR Z.

Pitt's frequent collaborator, David Fincher, has been long attached to adapt Charles Burns' graphic novel BLACK HOLE. The project has been in development for years with seemingly no progress, but the article indicates that Pitt and Fincher are still working on it. BLACK HOLE tells the story of a group of teens in the Pacific Northwest who contract an STD that deforms them in monstrous and supernatural ways. A great comic and something that would fit with Fincher behind the camera, BLACK HOLE cannot happen soon enough. It remains to be seen how long we have to wait with Fincher getting started on GONE GIRL and then his long awaited 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA remake.

While the article also gives the status on a couple of other Plan B projects, the obvious question was about when to expect the sequel to WORLD WAR Z. Pitt had this to say:

Plan B also is developing a sequel to Z, which still is in its nascent stages, though director Marc Forster won't be back. ‘We are talking about it,’ says Pitt. ‘We are going to investigate a script. We have a lot of ideas we will cull from. Nobody is writing just yet, but we are compiling our ideas.’”

While WORLD WAR Z did turn out to be a box office success, the tensions between Forster and Pitt are well documented and it was obvious the director would not be back under any circumstances. It also doesn't sound like the project is very active at this point, so don't hold your breath to see if they adapt Max Brooks' material any further for the sequel.

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8:28PM on 10/03/2013

Reboot it

Into a mini series on Cinemax. Be faithful to the book. None of this Brad Pitt bullshit
Into a mini series on Cinemax. Be faithful to the book. None of this Brad Pitt bullshit
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8:19PM on 10/03/2013

world war zzzz

guess im the only one that thought the first one was a little boring
guess im the only one that thought the first one was a little boring
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5:15PM on 10/03/2013

The Black Hole

Was hoping this would be news that Fincher is directing a remake of THE Black Hole.
Was hoping this would be news that Fincher is directing a remake of THE Black Hole.
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3:17PM on 10/03/2013
that's how he really talks?
that's how he really talks?
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7:13AM on 10/04/2013
While I knew what the word nascent meant, I can't recall ever having used it in a sentence before.

I used the word cull with my sister about a month ago and had to explain the meaning to her.
While I knew what the word nascent meant, I can't recall ever having used it in a sentence before.

I used the word cull with my sister about a month ago and had to explain the meaning to her.
3:06PM on 10/03/2013

The first films success was basically a F.U. from Forrestor

Everyone: studio, Holywood journalists, and public thought it was going to suck and gave him shit for it. Not to mention the shit that went down behind the scenes. If I was him, I wouldn't come back either.
Everyone: studio, Holywood journalists, and public thought it was going to suck and gave him shit for it. Not to mention the shit that went down behind the scenes. If I was him, I wouldn't come back either.
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2:49PM on 10/03/2013
I enjoyed World War Z very much and appreciated what Foster brought to the film, but I think a sequel could benefit greatly from a different director and perspective.
I enjoyed World War Z very much and appreciated what Foster brought to the film, but I think a sequel could benefit greatly from a different director and perspective.
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3:46PM on 10/03/2013
SERIOUSLY!
SERIOUSLY!
5:22PM on 10/03/2013
With that being said, I don't think they need to bring brad pitt back, though (I love him) I like how he wasn't a gun-toting badass. I don't want the sequel to follow a gun-toting badass, but it would be cool to see the events happen from another perspective. It's just hard to think up another mission like pitt's character had (I haven't read the book) since he basically saved the world, and yet you want it to distinguish itself from all the other zombie stuff and be as good as the original.
With that being said, I don't think they need to bring brad pitt back, though (I love him) I like how he wasn't a gun-toting badass. I don't want the sequel to follow a gun-toting badass, but it would be cool to see the events happen from another perspective. It's just hard to think up another mission like pitt's character had (I haven't read the book) since he basically saved the world, and yet you want it to distinguish itself from all the other zombie stuff and be as good as the original.
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