After a great opening weekend, Brad Pitt's "World War Z" sequel is a go

Jaap Buitendijk/Paramount Pictures Andrew Fassbach (Elyes Gabel), Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and Navy SEAL Commander (John Gordon Sinclair).
Jaap Buitendijk/Paramount Pictures
Andrew Fassbach (Elyes Gabel), Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and Navy SEAL Commander (John Gordon Sinclair).

Looks like Brad Pitt’s zombie thriller “World War Z” is going to have another life.

Rob Moore, Paramount Pictures’ vice-chairman, told The Hollywood Reporter that the studio is moving forward with a sequel following the film’s far better than expected $66 million (and $45 million internationally) opening weekend.

“[Pitt] stayed and worked when he could have gone off and shot another movie,” Moore said to THR regarding Pitt agreeing to return for re-shoots after Paramount execs weren’t thrilled with the film’s original ending. And Pitt helped the film’s cause tremendously by showing up unannounced to screenings to introduce it to thrilled audiences.

The trick here is that “WWZ” cost $190 million and it’s got a ways to go to recoup that especially in the dog-days of summer with a new blockbuster each week. Its biggest competition next week will be from “The Heat,” a buddy cop comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, which will definitely impact “WWZ.” Paramount reported that 51 percent of the “WWZ” audience was female and that demographic will likely flock to a film starring the popular duo of Bullock and McCarthy.

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