A sequel to World War Z is in the works after a successful opening weekend put the zombie thriller on course to earn back the cost of its $200 million budget. A source close to the film told The Associated Press that Paramount Pictures is likely to develop a follow-up for star Brad Pitt.
World War Z, based on Max Brooks’ novel, was initially intended to be the first film in a trilogy before production costs mounted and a reshoot of the end called into question whether the franchise had a future. The movie took in $66 million last weekend.
Brad Pitt, who stars as a United Nations inspector who must find a way to stop the zombie hordes and is also a producer on the film, hasn’t ruled out advancing the plot with additional installments.
“We’ve got so many good story lines stemming from the book or inspired by the book and then just generated from our own powwows,” he said. “It might still be fun. We’ve got enough material, that’s for sure.”