Pitt’s ‘World War Z’ sequel finds a new director…

The good folk over at Heat Vision are hearing that Juan Antonio Bayona, the Spanish filmmaker behind ‘The Orphanage’ and last year’s tsunami drama ‘The Impossible,’ is set to take the director’s chair for a sequel to this summer’s ‘World War Z.’

Loosely based on Max Brooks’ novel of the same name, the zombie action-horror revolved around former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane (played by Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.

The heavily reshot movie, directed Marc Forster, wrapped up Lane’s story as best it could. However, the original ending was more sequel-ready, with the third act finding Lane on a mission to rescue his wife from a cold-hearted army officer. How the sequel will continue the story is unclear at the moment.

No writers are attached at this stage, but Bayona will oversee the writing process. Pitt will return to produce and star,