Now THIS is exciting!
The man who locked Tom Hardy in a car and picked a street fight with Jason Statham, Steven Knight, the writer/director of Locke and Redemption, will, according to Variety, write the script for the sequel to World War Z.
WWZ, as you’ll recall, was that wildly successful zombie flick from the summer of 2013 starring Brad Pitt. You know, the one plagued by rumors of trouble, reshoots, director Marc Forster’s incompetence, tension on the set, you name it…before it came out and shut everyone the hell up? Earning over $540 million worldwide, it is Brad Pitt’s top grossing film.
The original was based on the novel by Max Brooks with a screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan (brother of director Joe) and Drew Goddard. The sequel will have none of those things, so this announcement that the script is in such good hands is a welcome one.
In addition to pulling double duty, both writing and directing both Locke and Redemption (aka Hummingbird – I liked it. Too few saw it), Knight created the BBC’s answer to “Boardwalk Empire”, “Peaky Blinders” (whose 2nd season will feature his Locke star Tom Hardy), wrote the screenplay for David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, and was nominated for an Academy Award for the script for Dirty Pretty Things (his first feature film and which starred Chiwetel Ejiofor).
Knight’s been busy lately, too. Already in the can is Seventh Son, due out next February starring Ben Barnes, Kit Harington and Julianne Moore, Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey with Helen Mirren, which is in post-production and finally, there’s Edward Zwick’s chess movie, the currently filming Pawn Sacrifice with Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer and Liev Schreiber as his arch-nemesis Boris Spassky.
Still more promising news: the announcement that Knight will tackle the sequel to World War Z follows word that Pitt is in talks to star in an as-yet-untitled Knight-penned romantic thriller set during World War II.
Plot details, casting and release dates for WWZ2 are thus far unknown. We’ll keep you posted. I’m already in. “What are your thoughts, Hobson?”*
*Sir John Gielgud in Arthur.