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World War Z sequel director 'quits'

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Image caption Brad Pitt starred in World War Z as a former United Nations investigator who must travel the world to stop a zombie pandemic

The director of zombie film World War Z 2, starring and produced by Brad Pitt, has stepped down according to reports.

Juan Antonio Bayona, best known for The Orphanage and The Impossible, left on Monday, citing "pre-existing film commitments", Paramount told Deadline.

The studio still plans to release the film in the US on 9 June 2017.

Bayona signed up to the project in 2013 but is also directing Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver in fantasy A Monster Calls, to be released on 14 October.

Paramount said: "Because of pre-existing film commitments, Bayona is not able to make World War Z this year, and it is our ambition to do so.

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Image caption Juan Antonio Bayona is working on fantasy film A Monster Calls, starring Liam Neeson

"He is a wonderful director, and we hope to work with him soon."

World War Z, released in 2013, was a worldwide hit, making $540m (£371m).

Based on Max Brooks's 2006 novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, it was directed by Marc Foster, who also made James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

Pitt starred as a former United Nations investigator who must travel the world to stop a zombie pandemic.

It was filmed in several countries, including Scotland, causing road closures in Glasgow but, according to the council, providing a big boost to the city's economy.

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