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'World War Z' sequel gets a screenwriter

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Jaap Buitendijk

Screenwriter Steven Knight has been tapped to pen the script for the sequel to World War Z, sources confirm to EW.

The Oscar-nominated scribe (for 2002’s Dirty Pretty Things) will be working closely with director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) in developing the screenplay, which finds Brad Pitt returning to reprise his role as United Nations worker and dad of the year Gerry Lane. Plot details for the zombie thriller are being kept under wraps, but it is expected to remain in the world of author Max Brooks’ original vision. Variety first reported the news.

Knight is also a director. His well-received thriller Locke, starring Tom Hardy, is currently in theaters.

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