Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona stepped away from helming Brad Pitt’s World War Z sequel just before its planned production start because he wasn’t the right fit for the job, Bayona told Den of Geek.
“We were working on that project for around a year, and we had a great idea,” Bayona said. “We were very excited. We designed great set pieces, and we were very excited with the direction we were taking with the film, but somehow, we never found a way to connect it all together.”
“There was a moment where we were about to start production, and I wasn’t ready,” he added. “I told them and I said, ‘Listen, I’m not the right guy for this. There’s probably another guy who’s able to take care of this in a way that the movie will not get affected,’ so I decided to step out of the project.”
Asked about his original plans for World War Z 2, Bayona said, “I would prefer not to tell you, because they’re working on it now. I had a conversation with them recently, and they’re very excited, so I prefer them to talk about it.”