Writer on Brad Pitt’s ‘World War Z’ sequel: ‘We’re starting with a clean state’

Zombie thriller was expected to flop, but ended up taking over $530m (£340m) at cinemas in 2013

The sequel to World War Z will start with “a clean slate”, says its writer.

Brad Pitt produced and starred in the 2013 original, a zombie thriller based on Max Brooks’ novel of the same name. Before its release, World War Z was widely expected to become a costly flop, but it ended up taking over $530 million (£340 million) at the box office worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film in Pitt’s 25-year career.

Pitt confirmed he was working on a follow-up film that September and in May 2014 Steven Knight – the writer-creator of TV’s Peaky Blinders – was hired to write a treatment for the sequel.

Now Knight has given an update on the project, telling Indiewire: “It’s not quite like the other [film], we’re starting with clean slate. When they’ve signed off we’re on.”

The sequel to World War Z, currently untitled, is being lined up for an October 2016 release. Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) is on board as director.