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The sequel to World War Z lands an Impossible director

Dec. 10, 2013by:

Ready for another WORLD WAR Z flick?

The hordes of the undead are on their way once more with director of THE IMPOSSIBLE and THE ORPHANAGE's J.A. Bayona. There's no word on what they have planned for the second installment in terms of plot. No writer is in place though Bayona will likely oversee the writing process as well.

Those of you who read WORLD WAR Z by Max Brooks were aware that the original material and what was actually in the film were quite different. The ending to the zombie tale was much less comforting, so to speak.

Pitt had previously met with Bayona when he was on the shortlist of helmers for the sequel. I'm wondering what they have planned. When it was first announced that they were adapting this, many of you thought that a miniseries would be more fitting for the material. There's plenty to do with it, and I'm sure that they will weave something worth bringing out the masses. Everyone likes zombies, right?

Extra Tidbit: Did you guys ever see this WWZ figure that was selling in stores?
Source: The Wrap

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2:38PM on 12/11/2013

The Impossible was a great film!

The Impossible is an amazing blend of great intensity with wonderfully done tearful human elements.
I enjoyed World War Z, and even more so with the Unrated blu ray version. There is still room for improvement but I welcome a sequel to World War Z, and I'm thrilled to hear it will be J.A. Bayona.
The Impossible is an amazing blend of great intensity with wonderfully done tearful human elements.
I enjoyed World War Z, and even more so with the Unrated blu ray version. There is still room for improvement but I welcome a sequel to World War Z, and I'm thrilled to hear it will be J.A. Bayona.
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10:48AM on 12/11/2013

WWZ was the worst movie of the year.

I really liked The Orphanage but there is nothing the new director can do to save the mess that is WWZ.

I really liked The Orphanage but there is nothing the new director can do to save the mess that is WWZ.

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10:17AM on 12/11/2013
What I liked about WWZ was its tempo. It is much more of distinct separate sequences put together by a shared story - with all contributing to the tempo being kept high and constant. Many movies in this genre I believe, fails in making the audience being kept alert during the first, second and third act.
What I liked about WWZ was its tempo. It is much more of distinct separate sequences put together by a shared story - with all contributing to the tempo being kept high and constant. Many movies in this genre I believe, fails in making the audience being kept alert during the first, second and third act.
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6:18AM on 12/11/2013
It's funny how you can watch a movie...be 100% sure you really enjoyed it...then read about the alternate (original) third act of the movie that was apparently actually shot to completion (not sure I'm glad it didn't go that way) ...watch stuff like honest trailer...and HISHE...and well..you're not sure anymore. I'm still sure I enjoyed it, I think...may be :o) I dunno, but anywayz...happy to see a sequel.
It's funny how you can watch a movie...be 100% sure you really enjoyed it...then read about the alternate (original) third act of the movie that was apparently actually shot to completion (not sure I'm glad it didn't go that way) ...watch stuff like honest trailer...and HISHE...and well..you're not sure anymore. I'm still sure I enjoyed it, I think...may be :o) I dunno, but anywayz...happy to see a sequel.
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6:16AM on 12/11/2013

Bleh...

..this thing has a sequel? Not even exaggerating, but WWZ was probably the most mediocre, flat-assed movie of the year for me.
..this thing has a sequel? Not even exaggerating, but WWZ was probably the most mediocre, flat-assed movie of the year for me.
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10:19PM on 12/10/2013
Bayona seems like a good fit. World War Z as a franchise still has potential, as the first movie was pretty OK. As long as they widen the scope, and have it focus on another group of people at another place in the world, and not turn it into "Brad Pitt Saves the Day Again".
Bayona seems like a good fit. World War Z as a franchise still has potential, as the first movie was pretty OK. As long as they widen the scope, and have it focus on another group of people at another place in the world, and not turn it into "Brad Pitt Saves the Day Again".
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9:58PM on 12/10/2013
The movie is actually good but that action figure is so bad.
The movie is actually good but that action figure is so bad.
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10:35PM on 12/10/2013
I've heard someone say the action figure looks as much like Brad Pitt as the movie resembles the book! If I can find it on clearance (which probably will happen) that looks like a decent base figure for customs though.
I've heard someone say the action figure looks as much like Brad Pitt as the movie resembles the book! If I can find it on clearance (which probably will happen) that looks like a decent base figure for customs though.
3:15AM on 12/11/2013
"action figure looks as much like Brad Pitt as the movie resembles the book" - Snap! I like that. But yeah, custom figures sometimes can be a whole lot better than what commercial figures turn out to be. I remember browsing the net and found custom figures of M.A.S.K. agents that were based on Marvel Legends figures a while back. They look really great.
"action figure looks as much like Brad Pitt as the movie resembles the book" - Snap! I like that. But yeah, custom figures sometimes can be a whole lot better than what commercial figures turn out to be. I remember browsing the net and found custom figures of M.A.S.K. agents that were based on Marvel Legends figures a while back. They look really great.
4:03AM on 12/11/2013
I make custom action figures too! Shameless plug - [link]
I make custom action figures too! Shameless plug - [link]
4:36AM on 12/11/2013
I love Figure Realm! I tried to do custom figures once but didn't turn out so well. Also tried making models once and got glue and tinner all over the table and my fingers, haha.
I love Figure Realm! I tried to do custom figures once but didn't turn out so well. Also tried making models once and got glue and tinner all over the table and my fingers, haha.
8:56PM on 12/10/2013
The tsunami seen in THE IMPOSSIBLE is one of the most intense sequences of film I've ever seen. And the rest of the film didn't disappoint either. I can't wait to see what Bayona brings to an already well-created and established world from the first WORLD WAR Z. It was a good film and Marc Forster did a good job in the chair, but I am glad to see some new blood. I really hope Forster returns to something along his dramatic roots and brings us another emotional piece in the vein of FINDING
The tsunami seen in THE IMPOSSIBLE is one of the most intense sequences of film I've ever seen. And the rest of the film didn't disappoint either. I can't wait to see what Bayona brings to an already well-created and established world from the first WORLD WAR Z. It was a good film and Marc Forster did a good job in the chair, but I am glad to see some new blood. I really hope Forster returns to something along his dramatic roots and brings us another emotional piece in the vein of FINDING NEVERLAND or THE KITE RUNNER.
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8:08PM on 12/10/2013
I thought World War Z was a really good, action packed entertaining film and much better than I thought it would be after hearing about all of the bad press and media.

I look forward to a sequel and where else they take the epidemic and characters. This sequel already lined up a good director, so that's a great start.
I thought World War Z was a really good, action packed entertaining film and much better than I thought it would be after hearing about all of the bad press and media.

I look forward to a sequel and where else they take the epidemic and characters. This sequel already lined up a good director, so that's a great start.
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8:05PM on 12/10/2013
J.A. Bayona is very talented. The Impossible was a very impactful film and he handled it with such sensitivity, yet keeping the emotional power of the tragedy he was depicting. Let's hope the sequel incorporates some of the super-cool ideas from the book the first one ignored. Let's see some Quislings!
J.A. Bayona is very talented. The Impossible was a very impactful film and he handled it with such sensitivity, yet keeping the emotional power of the tragedy he was depicting. Let's hope the sequel incorporates some of the super-cool ideas from the book the first one ignored. Let's see some Quislings!
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7:09PM on 12/10/2013
I thought the first movie was OK - had some cool action sequences, some kind of dumb moments too. But Bayona is a huge get for them I think. The Orphanage and The Impossible were both fantastic in totally different ways. Big step up from Forster, who's good but generally a bit bland for me.
I thought the first movie was OK - had some cool action sequences, some kind of dumb moments too. But Bayona is a huge get for them I think. The Orphanage and The Impossible were both fantastic in totally different ways. Big step up from Forster, who's good but generally a bit bland for me.
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6:54PM on 12/10/2013
Awesome, I really enjoyed the book so I was really wary about the movie but it was definitely a surprise at how good it was. I'm excited to see where this sequel goes.
Awesome, I really enjoyed the book so I was really wary about the movie but it was definitely a surprise at how good it was. I'm excited to see where this sequel goes.
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