Stephen Knight, who also co-penned the upcoming Bobby Fischer biopic Pawn Sacrifice, told Collider in a recent interview that his mandate when he came onboard as writer for the World War Z sequel was to “move this along.” He also shared what he liked about the first movie (possibly foreshadowing what his approach with the second installment will be):
“I think the beauty of the first film was the way that it never paused for breath. It never spent a moment thinking, ‘Hang on a minute, we’d better tell the audience what this is all about.’ It stayed in the moment, it stayed with that person.”
During his Collider interview, Knight also reiterated what he’s said about the World War Z sequel in the past; namely, that he started with a “clean slate” when he set to work on the script. This implies a certain independence on the sequel from both author Max Brooks’ source novel as well as the original World War Z film.