(CBR) Director Juan Antonio Bayona is no stranger to tsunamis, having made 2012′s "The Impossible", but for his next act, he's dealing with a storm of a different, rotting-flesh color.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bayona is Paramount Pictures’ pick to direct the sequel to "World War Z", with Brad Pitt returning at least as a producer, if not as the star. The website reports that Bayona “was on the very shortlist of directors” as of a few weeks ago, meeting with Pitt before landing the job. The previous "World War Z" was directed by Marc Forster, who wasn’t expected to return for the sequel.

With a director in place, the search is on for writers. No matter who gets hired to tackle the script, THR notes that “Bayona will oversee the writing process.”

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