‘World War Z’ sequel given June 2017 release date

The original 2013 'World War Z' became the highest-grossing film of Brad Pitt's career

The sequel to World War Z will open in cinemas on June 9, 2017, Paramount Pictures has confirmed.

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 $540 million (£340 million) at the box office worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film in Pitt’s 25-year career.

Pitt is returning to produce and star in the sequel, while Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible, Penny Dreadful) is on board as director. Steven Knight – the writer-creator of TV’s Peaky Blinders – is writing the screenplay.

Earlier this year (2015) Knight gave an update on the sequel’s screenplay, saying teasingly: “It’s not quite like the other [film], we’re starting with clean slate.”

Alongside Pitt, the cast of the original World War Z film included Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, James Badge Dale, Peter Capaldi and Michiel Huisman. Casting for the sequel has yet to be announced.