Paramount Pictures has set a June 9, 2017, release date for the sequel to “World War Z.”
Variety reported a year ago that the studio had hired Steven Knight to write the sequel, which is co-financed by Skydance. J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”) will direct the zombie tentpole withBrad Pitt returning in the starring role.
Plot details for the film, based on Max Brooks’ novel, have been kept under wraps. Pitt will produce the tentpole alongside Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner for Plan B.
“World War Z,” directed by Marc Forster, earned more than $540 million worldwide in 2013 and became the highest-grossing film of Pitt’s career.
The sequel is the second title dated for June 9, 2017. Fox has also set “Fantastic Four 2″ for the same date.
Witherspoon will also produce the pic with her producing partner Bruna Papandrea through their Pacific Standard banner.
Victoria Strouse is penning the script.
Plot details are unknown other than that the film is set in the world of the classic novel with Tinker Bell in full focus.
The project is still in development and there is no timeline for it to go into production.
It’s yet another project based on a classic Disney animated pic that is being given the live-action treatment. Disney has already seen live-action versions of “Alice in Wonderland,” Sleeping Beauty story “Maleficent” and “Cinderella” become box-office hits and sees this as a formula that works as well as a comicbook pic.
The studios has “Beauty and the Beast” in production and is also developing live-action versions of “Dumbo” and “Winnie the Pooh.”
Witherspoon was most recently seen in New Line’s “Hot Pursuit” and recently joined drama “Pale Blue Dot” at Fox Searchlight.
She is repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news