Film Fanatic: David Fincher Likely Directing ‘World War Z 2’

Director David Fincher on the set of Columbia Pictures' "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig.

David Fincher Returns for ‘World War Z 2’

Dating back to last August, rumors swirled that David Fincher was interested in directing the sequel to World War Z. Fincher was certainly an odd candidate. While he’s been a highly successful director for more than 20 years, he’s notoriously selective in his projects. He’s stayed away from both blockbusters and sequels after his terrible experience on Alien 3.

But it seems the auteur director is very much interested in directing World War Z 2 and it’s thanks to his old buddy, Brad Pitt. Fincher and Pitt worked together on Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Pitt’s production company, Plan B, is a producer on the World War Z franchise.

According to Variety, another contributing factor to Fincher’s interest in the project is Paramount’s new chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos. Gianopulos and Fincher worked together on Gone Girl, which was a success both critically and financially.

David Fincher directing a zombie movie? Never thought I’d see that. | (Columbia Pictures)

The first World War Z is notorious for the countless production problems it went through back in 2012. The entire third act was essentially reshot resulting in the budget ballooning to more than $200 million. Despite the problems, the film became Pitt’s biggest movie to date earning more than $540 million worldwide.

I doubt any problems would happen on the sequel for several reasons. First, Pitt and Fincher are pals and the actor will no doubt protect the director from studio interference. Second, Fincher has final cut on all his films, especially after the Alien 3 debacle, so he won’t be pushed around by executives. Third, production isn’t expected to begin until early 2018 so Pitt, Fincher and the studio have plenty of time to get the script right.

By the time the movie is released, likely in 2019, it will have been five years since Fincher’s last feature film. He’s dabbled in television recently with projects at Netflix (House of Cards, the upcoming Mindhunters). He also attempted to get two projects off the ground at HBO before the network axed them both.

So while a zombie sequel feels like an unusual choice, the sooner we can get Fincher on the big screen, the better.


Disney Eyeing Will Smith for Genie in Live-Action Aladdin Remake

Robin Williams is a tough act to follow but Disney is hoping a movie star can fill the role. According to Deadline, Will Smith is in early talks to join Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin live-action remake.

Earlier this year, Smith was eyed for a role in Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo (Insert ear jokes here), but ultimately passed.

It’s too early to tell how Ritchie will approach the remake. But if he decides to incorporate the music from the original, expect Smith to do a Big Willie Style version of “Friend Like Me.” The 1997 me thinks that’s a good idea. Today, I don’t know.

If Disney comes calling, you answer. | (Reuters)

This is a smart move on Smith’s part. The once box office money-making machine has had more misses than hits recently. If he was a real genie he’d of wished he never made Collateral Beauty.

Suicide Squad aside (More of an ensemble), Smith hasn’t starred in a hit since the redundant Men in Black 3 in 2012. The genie role is basically a co-lead part with Aladdin so Smith would be smart to join the cast.

Starring in a live-action Disney remake is like knowing the numbers for a winning lottery ticket. Cinderella and The Jungle Book were massive hits and Beauty and the Beast is looking like it will be the second biggest movie of the year behind Star Wars.

If you would have told me in 2008 that Smith’s star would begin to fade in less than ten years, I would just assume someone neuralyzed me. But it kind of has so when Disney comes calling, you answer.


Jeff Goldblum Joins Cast of ‘Jurassic World 2’

A familiar face will be battling dinosaurs in the Jurassic World sequel. According to THR, Jeff Goldblum will reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the upcoming Jurassic World 2, which is being directed by J.A. Bayona.

Goldblum previously played Malcolm in the original Jurassic Park and starred in the sequel, The Lost World. No word on the extent of his role this time around, but you can expect “chaos” to ensue.

A Jurassic World without Jeff Goldblum? Chaos. | (Yahoo!)

It will be interesting to see which version of Malcolm we get. In the original film, Goldblum played the character with what I like to call, “The full Goldblum.” Every little Goldblum mannerism, twitch and quirk was on display. But in the sequel, Goldblum dialed back his own persona a bit and did his best movie star impression with the five o-clock shadow, serious personality and general heroism. I would expect the former in Jurassic World 2.

No matter which Goldblum we get, he has to be better than he was in the disastrous Independence Day: Resurgence.

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