Director Marc Forster Won't Return for 'World War Z' Sequel

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With no director chosen just yet, Brad Pitt says he and his team are focusing on 'compiling our ideas' for the follow-up story.

"World War Z" is looking for a new director for its upcoming sequel. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Brad Pitt shared some info about the follow-up pic. It's revealed that Marc Forster who directed the first movie will not be coming back to the franchise.

The upcoming movie is currently still is in "its nascent stages." "We are talking about it," said the lead actor who also served as a co-producer. "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."

The first "World War Z" movie was released this summer, being moved back from its initial 2012 schedule to give filmmakers time to do re-shoots and make more coherent ending. Rumors then emerged suggesting there was fallout between Pitt and director Forster.

"The idea they were not speaking was not my experience," said scribe Damon Lindelof who was tapped for the re-write. "And more importantly, the way Brad talked about Marc and Marc talked about Brad was entirely respectable, as if they were both creative partners trying to fix a problem."

But Paramount Pictures' CEO Brad Grey admitted, "Those were fairly intense times for all of us as filmmakers. But having been in this business some time, both of us know if you put yourself in the arena, it comes with the territory."

Aside from developing "World Wars Z 2", Pitt is also working on "Black Hole", an adaptation of Charles Burns' graphic novel of the same name. Despite being long gone from the radar, the project is happening with "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" director David Fincher still attached as the helmer.

The "Moneyball" actor is additionally moving forward with its big-screen take on Joyce Carol Oates' Marilyn Monroe novel "Blonde", with Andrew Dominik ("The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford") to direct. "We follow the storytellers, and our little garage band of a production company's mandate was [always] to help complex films get over the hill if they need a little push. We are in a fortunate position to do that," he said.


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