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Knight to write World War Z sequel

Steven Knight could write the World War Z sequel
Steven Knight could write the World War Z sequel

Steven Knight is being tipped to write the sequel to zombie thriller World War Z.

The Oscar-nominated screenwriter, who directed Locke and created BBC Two's period gangster drama Peaky Blinders, is said to be in talks to pen the next instalment of the apocalyptic horror for Paramount and Skydance, reported Variety.

Brad Pitt will return to star as former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane in the follow-up, which will be directed by The Impossible's JA Bayona.

The sequel's plot is expected to continue the story of Max Brooks' novel.

The film would reunite Steven and Brad, after reports that the actor is in early talks to star in an untitled World War II romantic thriller, also written by the filmmaker.

World War Z, directed by Marc Forster, earned more than 540 million US dollars (£322.9 million) worldwide upon its release in 2013 and is the highest-grossing film of Brad's career.

Steven, who directed Tom Hardy in Locke, was nominated for an Oscar in 2004 for Dirty Pretty Things. He has been working on the second series of Peaky Blinders, which is expected to launch in the autumn.

The Birmingham-born writer will also reunite with Tom on BBC One's period drama series, Taboo, which will start filming in London in January 2015.

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