Paramount Pictures developing “World War Z” sequel

June 24, 2013

WORLD WAR Z has reached $111.8 million in the worldwide box office, which is the largest opening for Brad Pitt as an actor. Therefore, Paramount Pictures is now working on developing a sequel, studio vice chairman Rob Moore tells The Hollywood Reporter.

The tentpole earned $66 million in North America, the best opening for an original live-action tentpole since Avatar, and $45.8 million from its first 25 foreign markets.

The site continues, World War Z initially was envisioned as a trilogy, but those plans were shelved when the movie ran into trouble, requiring extensive reshoots of the last act. Initially set to open in December 2012, the movie’s release date was pushed back to June, prompting many in Hollywood to anticipate a dud of a film.

However, World War Z is off to a strong start, both in terms of its commercial and critical appeal. The film still needs to perform well to make up for its $190 million budget, but Paramount must be confident since their reviving plans for future installments.

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