Sequel to World War Z announced

Sequel to World War Z announced

Brad Pitt returns to star and co-produce the sequel to World War Z

Follow-up to the troubled Brad Pitt zombie apocalypse actioner

Despite a famously troubled production, World War Z received fairly positive reviews and brought in healthy box office takings in 2013, topping $540 million. So it's no surprise to find a sequel is in the works.

Scheduled for release in 2017, the untitled film (hopefully not the unwieldy World War Z II) is to be written by Briton Steven Knight with World War Z novelist Max (son of Mel) Brooks attached as co-writer. JA Bayona, Spanish director of The Orphanage and The Impossible has been hired to direct, with Brad Pitt returning to star and co-produce.

The original film (directed by Quantum of Solace's Marc Forster) followed a UN employee trying to save the world from a zombie pandemic. It presciently featured a cameo from pre-Doctor Who Peter Capaldi credited as 'WHO (World Health Organisation) Doctor'.

Parts of the original film wereshot in Glasgow, doubling for a post-apocalyptic Philadelphia thanks to its similar architecture and street plan.

World War Z will be released on 9 June 2017.