A sequel to Brad Pitt's zombie apocalypse movie World War Z is in the works after audiences flocked to the theaters to record a $118 million worldwide opening. Paramount's studio vice chairman Rob Moore tells the Hollywood Reporter that the company will actively turn to developing a sequel, with a franchise now a distinct possibility.

Nobody expected World War Z to become the best opening for an original live-action tentpole since Avatar, though Brad Pitt's movie pulled in strong reviews and even bigger box-office numbers. It earned $66 million in North America and a further $45.8 million from its first 25 foreign markets. 

Though initially envisioned as a trilogy, the movie ran into troubles and required it to be extensively reshot. Initially set to open in December 2012, the movie's release date was pushed back to June with many expecting one of the biggest flops in movie history. A huge $190 million budget was enough to make everyone nervous - including Brad Pitt - though the early reviews were positive. 

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As a rule, Brad Pitt has sort of kept his distance from franchises (with the exception of Ocean's Eleven) instead choosing one off films with strong scripts (Inglorious Basterds, Moneyball, Killing Them Softly to name but a few in recent years). However, World War Z represents his best box office opening yet and he may be forced to sign up for at least one more zombie flick. It's worth remembering that he made the film for his kids to watch, and they're probably going to want to know what happens next.

The only movie Pitt currently has on his schedule is David Ayer's Fury, about a team of American soldiers in Nazi Germany to the end of World War II. 

Brad PittBrad Pitt At The New York Premiere of World War Z

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Brad Pitt At The New York Premiere Of World War Z