“It was a little like The Last of Us”: Brad Pitt’s Canned World War Z Sequel Was Supposed to Feature a Scene Made Famous by Pedro Pascal Series

Fans would have loved a sequel to Brad Pitt’s phenomenal movie World War Z, that did fantastic business

Brad Pitt's Canned World War Z Sequel Was Supposed to Feature a Scene Made Famous by Pedro Pascal Series

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  • David Fincher revealed that the opening title of World War Z 2 would have been very similar to HBO's The Last of Us
  • He was attached to direct the sequel but the project didn't gain traction
  • Although the sequel to World War Z was canned, Brad Pitt revealed that shooting the first film was also a tough ordeal
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In 2013, Brad Pitt starred in the role of Gerry Lane in the iconic film World War Z. Based upon the book of the same name, veteran director David Fincher was attached to direct the sequel to the 2013 film.

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Unfortunately for the world, the sequel was canned and the film was never made. Talking about what the influences were, David Fincher revealed that the opening title of World War Z 2 would have been very similar to HBO’s The Last of Us by introducing the virus and the effect of global warming on it!

Brad Pitt in World War Z
Brad Pitt in World War Z

Brad Pitt’s World War Z Sequel Was Going To Be Like The Last of Us

Fans may remember that The Last of Us video game and HBO’s The Last of Us started with the virus outbreak in the world. Showing and explaining the science behind the cordyceps, the opening title explained how cordyceps evolved to survive the global warming of the planet.

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The Last of Us
HBO’s The Last of Us

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Although the science seems solid, the opening was beloved by millions around the world with Gustavo Santolalla’s classic tune in the background. Well, director David Fincher was attached to direct the sequel but the project didn’t gain traction. In a recent interview with GQ Magazinethe director talked about the canned sequel and how there would have been some similarities with the HBO series.

“Well, it was a little like The Last of Us. I’m glad that we didn’t do what we were doing, because The Last of Us has a lot more real estate to explore the same stuff. In our title sequence, we were going to use the little parasite… they used it in their title sequence, and in that wonderful opening with the Dick Cavett, David Frost-style talk show.”

Although the sequel to World War Z was canned, Brad Pitt revealed that shooting the first film was also a tough ordeal. Around 40 minutes of the film had to be reshot since the original ending was deemed too dark for the movie!

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Brad Pitt Had A Hard Time Filming World War Z

A sequence from the 2013 film
Brad Pitt’s 2013 film faced a severe financing struggle due to the constant rise in budget

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With the original ending deemed too dark for the film, Brad Pitt and the cast of World War Z decided to reshoot a majority of the film. Although the budget went overboard, Pitt talked about the issue to screenwriter Damon Lindelof (as per a Vanity Fair report) when the film didn’t turn out to be what they wanted!

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“When we started working on the script, a lot of that stuff had to fall away for the story to come together. We started shooting the thing before we locked down how it was going to end up, and it didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to.’”

Despite a canned sequel for the franchise, World War Z received a rating of 7/10 on IMDB and an average of 66% on Rotten Tomatoes. The 2013 film is available to stream on Paramount+ in the U.S.

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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.