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Brad Pitt’s zombie sequel to World War Z Shuts Down at Paramount

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‘World War Z’ Sequel ‘put on hold’ by Paramount Over Reported Budget Issues

The sequel has been delayed due to ‘budgetary issues’ and it’s unclear whether it will still go ahead, according to report.

Brad Pitt is set to star in the sequel to zombie apocalypse World War Z, but it could be a while until movie number two gets the green light.

Paramount have reportedly ‘put the sequel on hold’, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It had been slated to start production in Atlanta in the spring or early summer, but has since been set back with sources claiming ‘budgetary issues’ are behind the stalling.

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No further details have been given and it is not yet known whether the sequel has been ‘shelved indefinitely’ or will go into development at a later date. Brad had been the only actor confirmed so far for World War Z 2, while David Fincher was set to direct the follow-up to the 2013 movie that grossed $540million worldwide. However, its follow-up film has proven to be problematic.

Back in 2015, J.A. Bayona had been in the running to direct the World War Z sequel, with Paramount initially stating it would be released two years later in 2017. But, Bayona was no longer working on the movie by 2016 and negotiations had begun to bring in Fincher as director. Shooting was then pushed back further in 2017 due to ‘scheduling and script development issues’.

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While Brad may be waiting a while to reprise his role as former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane, it’s all systems go when it comes to the launch of his new wine. The Hollywood star owns a French vineyard with ex-wife Angelina Jolie and the former couple are launching their second rose wine together in March.

It’s believed the pair have kept the estate, despite splitting in 2016, as an ‘investment’ for their children. Brad and Angelina were pictured for the first time together in two years at the end of January.

The ex-couple were seen in an office in Los Angeles, where it’s understood they were continuing to hammer out the final details of their divorce. Brangelina wed in 2014 and were married for two years, but had been dating since 2005. They have six children together, Pax, 17, Maddox, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 10.

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