World War Z - The Zombie Wars Movie
by Alex Billington
February 28, 2007
You've probably never heard of this book, but you should definitely take an interest. It's written by Max Brooks, Mel Brooks' son, who also wrote "The Zombie Survival Guide". Without going too much into detail about World War Z, it's another faux zombie tale subtitled "An Oral History of the Zombie War" that's set in the aftermath of a war fought between humanity and a legion of flesh-eating zombies.
In another update from the New York Comic-Con last weekend via IGN, "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski announced that he is writing the screenplay adaptation of the book for Paramount. The novel's rights were picked up last year by none other than Brad Pitt's production company Plan B (that's previously produced Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Departed), with a possibility of having him star.
"You all know the novel World War Z?" asked Straczynski of his audience during a New York Comic-Con panel on Friday. "I'm adapting that for Paramount. For Brad Pitt potentially -- we'll see what happens. He might be the star in it. So things are going very well for a TV guy."
Straczynski also acknowledged that the book needs to be modified in order to work as a movie, particularly because it's an anthology that features no main character or plot, but rather tells the story via the recollections of the many survivors of a decade-long war against the living dead. You can read the full report with more quotes from Straczynski at IGN.
I really love these fun zombie flicks, as long as they're done well, and I can't wait for Fido to finally come out for everyone to see, as it is definitely a new classic. This sounds promising, as I've heard of "The Zombie Survival Guide" previously and know it's become a well known book (on zombies), so hopefully "World War Z" makes for a great movie in the end. Anyone read it?