We all know that World War Z was a massive hit, grossing $540 million worldwide, but Jurassic World was bigger with $650 million in the U.S. alone. So when word broke that Universal Pictures was eyeing J.A. Bayona, who’s contractually obligated to direct the sequel, to direct the Jurassic World sequel, Paramount Pictures amp up its efforts with regard to World War Z 2 for fear of losing him.
As The Hollywood Reporter states:
J.A. Bayona is squarely on board to direct, though rumors surfaced recently that his involvement was on thin ice after being eyed to direct the Jurassic World follow-up. Sources say there was little Bayona could do given that he has a holding deal for World War Z 2, but the Jurassic World 2 overtures helped light a flame under Paramount to keep Bayona happy and get a new script in motion with the fanboy-friendly writer.
Currently, Dennis Kelly is reworking an earlier script by Steven Knight. Brad Pitt is producing with Ded Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Ian Bryce, and Skydance’s David Ellison. As well, Skydance Productions is co-producing and co-financing.
World War Z 2 should see an opening on June 8, 2017.
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