Steven Knight Will Write World War Z Sequel
Steven Knight, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "Dirty Pretty Things," has been tapped to write the sequel to the zombie apocalypse blockbuster "World War Z."
The 2013 film, based on the novel by Max Brooks, followed former UN investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), a family man who is tasked with investigating the origins of a prolific virus that has has turned millions of people into zombies. Despite famously suffering a myriad of production problems and delays, the film grossed more than $540 million globally and was the highest-grossing movie of Pitt's career. It was also fairly acclaimed by critics; garnering a 67% on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus, "t's uneven and diverges from the source book, but World War Z still brings smart, fast-moving thrills and a solid performance from Brad Pitt to the zombie genre."
Plot details for the sequel are unknown, but Brad Pitt is expected to return to star and produce. A release date has not been set.
Knight also wrote the acclaimed films "Eastern Promises" and "Locke." His eight-part BBC series, "Taboo," will air later this year.