"World War Z" sequel to start production next year with David Fincher directing

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David Fincher hasn't directed a movie since 2014's "Gone Girl," however, it seems like his next movie will indeed be a sequel, something he hasn't done since his debut, 1992's "Alien 3."

After a lot of back-and-forth rumors, Fincher has finally settled on "World War Z 2" to be the next movie he directs. The sequel to the 2013 zombie movie starring Brad Pitt has had quite the pre-production journey. Director J.A. Bayona was originally slated to direct in 2014, however, two years later, Bayona left the sequel to go on and helm "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," which had many people suspecting the Z sequel was all but dead.  It was only last year that Fincher, Pitt’s frequent collaborator, started serious talks with Paramount to helm the blockbuster sequel.  

Variety is now confirming, as per producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, that Fincher has indeed signed on as director of "World War Z 2" and that filming is due to begin early next year. Fincher is currently putting the finishing touches on the second season of his Netflix series "Mindhunter" whereas Pitt is in L.A. shooting Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."