Late last year it was confirmed that the World War Z sequel would be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage and Deconstruyendo 'Déjame entrar'). Alongside Bayona, it has been confirmed that Lock writer/director Steven Knight will write the second film spawned from Max Brooks’ book.
Known for his recent work with Tom Hardy in 'Locke', the film followed Hardy alone in a car talking to other characters on a phone, portraying an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.
Last year’s World War Z largely departed from the narrative of Brooks’ book beyond the basic concept and one or two other moments. Instead it featured many of its 'own' ideas and events, filled with ferocious and fast zombies. Knight will most likely keep to that tradition, however many expect him to have a higher fidelity to the original text, and thus perhaps will make a more true film adaptation of the second novel.
Following the poor response of World War Z by film critics, it is no surprise that they have opted to bring in Knight, a proven writer on projects such as Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things. This is a sign that they are seeking a quality team and hopefully this time will make an even better film! Personally, I did enjoy World War Z, so I'm looking forward to this sequel!