It’s the end of the world, there are dead cannibals drawing closer and just when it looks like all hope is lost…
It’s Brad Pitt! I know this may seem like worse than the clutches of the undead to most of us fan boys, but it’s true. Pitt is manning the helm of the film adaptation of one of the most nearest and dearest literary contributions to Zombifiles hearts around the globe World War Z!
For those of us that are fans of the book (I’m included) you should note that this is considered by some to be some of the greatest stuff to happen to the living dead since the novel “I am Legend” by Richard Mattheson and George Romero’s Night of the living Dead. To top it all off it was written by Max Brooks, if that last name sounds familiar take a copy of Robin Hood Men in Tights and slap yourself with it, the image impression that’s left in bright red across your cheek is the negative impression of the box cover of a movie directed by Max Brook’s father….drum roll, Mel Brooks. That’s right Mr. The Producers, Space Balls himself. I guess talent runs in the family.
What makes the book so great you say? Well let’s cover that briefly and then we can go on to the meaty bits of movie news
that is floating around the gristly tainted waters of the internets.
The book basically is a collection of interviews an intrepid reporter working for a UN council has thrown together and then decides to publish himself after he’s told the finished product is too personal. The interviews show a broad spectrum of colorful characters both likeable and horrifying all the same. Areas of the zombie world not before seen are spotlit with striking detail, so much so that you swear you could smell the rot, and feel the weight of an army grunt’s survival pack on your back. The book is successful in it’s aim to be a convincing account of a mass zombie invasion by following the vibe laid down by similar non-fiction history books about wars like Vietnam or WW2.
On to the movie.
So as I said this cinematic endeavor is being produced by Brad Pitt along with a laundry list of other money baggers. The director Marc Forster has such movies as Monster Ball, Quantum of Sol ice, and Stranger than Fiction under his belt, which gives me some hope, with his mix of action and dialogue expertise. We have a duo of writers on our screenplay a Mr. Matthew Michael Carnahan whom has 4 credits to his name, and none of which will make you stand up and go “oh him” and then a one J. Michael Straczynski who has more sci-fi (babylon 5) and cartoons (he-man)in his resume than a fat kid has under his bed.
As far as the cast, you’re not going to recognize anyone other than Brad Pitt, some shmoe from lost and apparently a guy off the new Hawaii Five O. Moving on to makeup, we all know there’s only a handful of artists to go to when you want the dead to start crawling up the hill towards your house, and there is no savini or nicotero last names showing up on this list.
No trailer has reared it’s head yet, and the only video shot looks no different than any zombie movie we’ve ever seen. Though for you die hards out there these zeds do not appear to be Romero Zombies (slow movers) as they are running. The story hasn’t been leaked and all we currently have besides the far away video is a true blue picture of Brad Pitt wearing the ugliest scarf I think I’ve ever laid eyes on. So to recap we’ve got Joe Black directing a couple of made for TV’ers from a script written by a drama freak and a cartoon fan, based on a fantastic book. All and all this looks to be alot like “Land of the Dead”… a lot of anticipation for something that isn’t fit to lick the brains off the boot of the original Dawn of the Dead. However we shall hold out hope for a “Sin City” slam dunk adaptation, and in the meantime go look for the audio book of World War Z released by Random House, it’s fantastic and features the lovely Alan Alda and the always wonderful Mark Hamill.