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Paramount Wants Brad Pitt & 'World War Z' for an Entire Film Trilogy

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January 4, 2012
Source: LA Times

World War Z / Brad Pitt

While the adaptation of Max Brooks' horror novel World War Z won't see release until December of this year, apparently Paramount Pictures already sees quite a future for what looks to be the most expensive zombie film ever made. An LA Times article about the film's star Brad Pitt, a small blurb about director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace) and Paramount pegs the project as a trilogy. The reason this is most interesting is that there's only one book from Brooks described as an oral history of the zombie war, but with an event like that at the core of the story, it's not hard to see how it could be expanded.

The adaptation could very well only deal with part of the novel, and since it checks in at 432 pages, there's likely plenty of material for a few movies. In addition, this would serve as Pitt's first franchise that he has all to himself after being part of the huge ensemble cast for the heist series that started with Ocean's Eleven. Apparently the studio sees this franchise as a gritty combination of the Jason Bourne series along with the bleak, dark themes of "The Walking Dead" on AMC. Honestly, I think the studio will wait to see how the film does at the box office on December 21st, before setting anything in stone, but a trilogy sounds promising.

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  • DAVIDPD
    The way the book is written this makes some sense. But its not like the nation is already starting to get tired of Zombies...
    • esophus
      Oh but David what if the Zombie's looked like Aliens? Like in I am Legend...makes no sense cause their human , but we are not a picky species. Problem solved and zombies are loved again. http://www.mediocrityisthenewgenius.com
      • DAVIDPD
        Right on esophus. Right on.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000066066117 David Carlin
    The walking Dead season 2 has made the threat of zombies become BORING. I think what we need is to see an action hero annihialate a bunch of them to get us back on our feet. Our zombie feet.
  • http://www.skonmovies.com/ Sean Kelly
    No surprise that a studio is already thinking about sequels for a film that hasn't even been released yet.
    • Manuel
      They actually are thinking about the remake of the sequel also.
      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000066066117 David Carlin
        A new report has revealed they are also finding a director for the sequel to the reboot of the sequel
        • Manuel
          That means they already have the script. Ahhhh... Hollywood!
          • ek
            Rumour has it, they have a prequel to the lined up to follow the sequel, which would then be followed the last of the trilogy..they're calling it a quadology which is the next big thing that's about to hit hollywood
  • grimjob
    "there's likely plenty of material for a few movies." Absolutely. This was a great book, and provided a lot of great stories and perspectives on situations not really covered in other zombie apocalypse media. I can't wait for this!
  • Ckdeshi012
    I would love to see the story of the pilot come to life.  that was by far my favorite and most interesting story.  Second has to be the story of the young guy stuck in the apt building, working his was down slowly on the balconies.  Either way if they stay true to the book it would be a great film.
  • Truong18
    when do we get to see the trailer?
  • Anonymous
    i heard thet are turning it into an action movie that has some similar tones from the book. which ruins the entire appeal. 
  • Ron Torque
    Well this is something that would be great although if we are going to compare it to AMC's "The Walking Dead" then we could get 3 movies full of Drama and barely action scenes which will be a little bit slow paced boring movies. I don't have the right to judge as i will have to wait and see how things work out.
  • Jman571
    To be honest there's enough stories in that book that could fill the plots of several movies.

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