World War Z may turn into a trilogy

Posted by CB Droege

There is a lot of focus on film franchises in Hollywood lately.

Once seen as a way to make a quick buck on an inexpensive film (people will go see a sequel to a movie they loved, even if it’s terrible), this strategy has proven itself a great way to create a small branded media empire.

Lord of the Rings, Batman, and especially Harry Potter all show that if a studio retains the talent and budget for a hit movies through multiple "episodes," they can do more than just make a one-shot profit.

This is why we’re seeing so much push to adapt properties from which several films could be made. Twilight, Hunger Games, the new Star Trek: these are all an indirect result of the success of franchises.

It’s not particularly surprising, therefore to learn that World War Z, the upcoming Zombie apocalypse film starring Brad Pitt is being considered for such continuance. The film is based on a single novel, but has more than enough material to make several films from, or with a slight change of the ending could be made to continue indefinitely. 

This news comes from a write-up in L.A. times about Brad Pitt’s current career and plans. The article says:

For Pitt, the big sci-fi thriller also represents his strongest bid to have a big film franchise of his own, which might be viewed as the missing piece of his career jigsaw puzzle. Forster and Paramount Pictures each view World War Z as a trilogy that would have the grounded, gun-metal realism of, say, Damon's Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC's The Walking Dead.

Of course, no one will want a sequel if the first film is terrible, but that’s yet to be seen, as World War Z is still in development. Shooting is slated to kick off later this year, with a tentative release date of December 2013. Maybe by then, we’ll all be done hearing about zombies.