One of the biggest names in Hollywood, Brad Pitt, has said that a delay in the release of his zombie film World War Z could put in doubt plans for the Derry sequel, Ebrington Y.
The actor told ‘Entertainment News’ that script-writing for World War Z has become ‘bogged down’, meaning that plans for the Irish phase of the project are on hold.
The actor confirmed reports that he and his partner, Angelina Jolie, have already paid a ‘quiet’ visit to the city. It’s been said that Jolie, born in LA, has links with the city through her stepfather Bill Day, whose family lived at Springtown Camp for a time during WW2.
Pitt is producing World War Z and also stars as Gerry Lane. News leaked out several weeks ago that in the follow-up Gerry would travel to Derry to trace his Irish roots - and find himself fighting another zombie pandemic in City of Culture.
A Hollywood insider said; “Derry’s a natural. The whole controversy over sackings, departures and resignations has been making an impression over here, and one of Brad’s team of scriptwriters has been trying to work it into a storyline for a second zombie film. But really one factor which is jeopardising this possibility is just trying to keep up with what’s happening there - there’s hardly a week without another headline.”
If Ebrington Y goes ahead, it will be a multi-million pound boost for the North-West economy, as well as bringing world attention to the city.
Pitt commented; “We’re keen to move on with the Derry project. Angelina and I loved our trip to the city, and were tickled when we went unrecognised by the well-known tour guide there, Martin McCrossan. Seems the same thing happened with Will Ferrell!”
It’s understood Derry has also a growing reputation in the US because of the success of the zombie mags from the city, Zombies Hi! The BBC reported; “A group of writers and artists have turned the City of Culture into a home for the living dead.”