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“ORPHANAGE” director to enter “WORLD WAR Z”

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This past Summer, audiences mistook “not as bad as we expected” for “pretty good” and made blockbuster Brad Pitt zombie thriller WORLD WAR Z a hit. As these things go, a sequel is being developed and a director has come aboard.

THR reports Juan Antonio Bayona, of last year’s acclaimed THE IMPOSSIBLE, but known best to horror fans for stellar debut THE ORPHANAGE, will continue the tale of a worldwide undead epidemic and the best-named action hero of 2013, Gerry. The first film, very loosely based on Max Brooks’ novel of the same name, saw United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverse the world in hopes to find the origins of the rapidly spreading zombie apocalypse.

The film, directed by Marc Forster, was famously the subject of much on-set turmoil that saw the entire third act rewritten and reshot into a more intimate, rather suspenseful conclusion at the World Health Organization in Wales, UK. It originally saw a bleaker outcome in a grand series of battles in Moscow.

No writers are yet attached to the developing follow-up, and thus no word yet in which direction the second film will head.

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