'World War Z' Sequel Pulled From Release Calendar
Paramount and Skydance have taken World War Z 2 off the 2017 release calendar.
The movie, which finds Brad Pitt set to return in the lead role, was previously slated to open in theaters June 9, but the project was delayed when it lost director J.A. Bayona last year. Insiders say Paramount now hopes to have World War Z 2 ready for 2018 or 2019.
It has become commonplace for Hollywood studios to place stakeholders on the release calendars for their big franchise tentpoles long before they've even started shooting.
World War Z was a sleeper hit in summer 2013, earning $540 million globally.
In a twinned announcement, Paramount said that Darren Aronofsky's mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence, is set to hit theaters Oct. 13 at the beginning of awards season. The drama also stars Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson and Ed Harris.
World War Z 2 isn't the only Paramount title losing a slot. Friday the 13th, which was previously set to hit theaters Oct. 13, has also been removed from the schedule.
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'Friday the 13th' Reboot Shut Down
The film was in preproduction and, while not cast, heading toward a production start in mid-March.
The exact reason for the move is unclear, although one factor could be the poor performance of the studio’s horror movie, Rings. That pic, which like Friday the 13th was to have restarted a horror franchise, cost $25 million and bowed to $13 million over the weekend.
Sources say that execs quickly began second-guessing Friday the 13th, believing it would have chased the same audience, although others point out that the project is on the opposite spectrum of the horror scale.
A source close to Friday the 13th would only say that "the production was not ready to go at this date."