World War Z's Scale Will Be Phenomenal, Says Straczynski
Apparently J. Michael Straczynski had quite a long chat with MTV, because he dished out some early details on World War Z in addition to his Forbidden Planet remake that we already wrote about. A few weeks back, it was announced that Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster would be directing the project, a decision I was considerably excited about. Now with Forster on board, Straczynski says he's "working with his notes to make one final pass on the script" and they're hoping to move it into production by the first of the year. So with high hopes, we're finally going to get our World War Z movie - and will it live up to all the expectations? Based on what Straczynski mentions, I don't think we have to be worried at all.
For those who don't know much about the book or didn't read our article on the script back in March, we'll go over the story again briefly. World War Z was originally a book that comprises numerous stories told by survivors of "World War Z", our war with the zombies. As Straczynski describes, "the fictional concept of the book is that its written by someone with the UN." So for the film, they decided to "show the book being written. We follow this guy all over the world as he goes on these interviews, and he has his own personal story as well. You’re cutting between the past and the present, how he got to this point." If you're already interested, then I suggest you pick up the book (Amazon) because it's apparently quite brilliant.
"It has that international feel to it, and because it goes backward and forward in time, we can cherry-pick our favorite moments in the book," Straczynski says. "Some of it is crazy in scale. It's huge. It's as political as the book was. And it ends with that book being completed." How big in scale? Well in March, it was described as something like Children of Men but with zombies ("realistic but set in the near-future, in the aftermath of the zombie wars"), although Straczynski's comparison is a bit different. "We talk about it as a thriller, the closest comparison being The Bourne Identity." Imagine that: set in a Children of Men-like future, a world destroyed by zombies, with a Bourne Identity-like storyline. Excited yet?
"Most zombie movies to this point have been small, focusing on a few people in a house. And this has got real scare. You're in India with hundreds of boats trying to get out of there with a tidal wave of zombies. The scale of what we're doing here is phenomenal." Maybe Straczynski is just a good speaker, because the way talks about his projects he always makes them sound amazing. And to me, this project sounds like the next big zombie revolution, or at least next big step in progressing the genre. Not only was I excited back in March, but also I thought Forster was a great choice, and now I'm even more excited to see this come together. The only other big question that remains: who will they cast as the lead?