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Sequel to Brad Pitt’s ‘World War Z’ is in works

Apocalyptic zombie film thrills fans and delights Paramount Pictures

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    Cast member Brad Pitt poses for pictures on the red carpet of the movie premiere of "World War Z" in Sydney onImage Credit: REUTERS
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    This publicity image released by Paramount Pictures shows Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, Abigail Hargrove as Rachel Image Credit: AP
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    Brad Pitt in a scene from "World War Z." Image Credit: AP

Brad Pitt is getting his action franchise, after all.

A person close to Pitt’s World War Z has said that Paramount Pictures is likely to develop a sequel to the apocalyptic zombie thriller. The person was not authorised to announce the plans and spoke on condition of anonymity.

World War Z, based on Max Brooks’ novel, was always intended to spawn a trilogy for Pitt, who stars as a United Nations inspector. But that seemed in doubt when the film ran significantly over budget and was forced to reshoot its ending.

But the film opened strongly over the weekend, earning $66.4 million (Dh243.8 million) domestically and another $45.8 million internationally. That put it on course to easily recoup its production budget of about $200 million.