'The Killing' Star Mireille Enos Looks to Be Enlisting in 'World War Z'

April 25, 2011
Source: Deadline

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Though director Marc Forster has been attached to the project for over two years, and Brad Pitt agreed to star last summer, the adaptation of World War Z has been developing slowly. The project almost died last month, but thankfully some financing finally came around to help Paramount Pictures fund the feature and it sounds like the studio is gearing up for production to  being this summer after all. And even more good news comes with the first new bit of casting as Deadline reports Mireille Enos, who is currently leading the new AMC drama series "The Killing" is in talks to play Pitt's wife in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

Considering the story of the world's desperate battle against the zombie threat is told in a series of first-person accounts as told to a researcher for the UN Postwar Commission interviewing survivors in countries that were decimated by zombies. Since I haven't read the book, I'm not entirely sure how the author's wife comes into play with the story. Of course maybe there will be some changes made to the format of the events that unfold in the book as Forster has said "it reminded me of the paranoid conspiracy films of the '70s like All the President's Men." I'm not sure what the means for fans of the book itself, but I'm ready for this project to finally get off the ground. How about you?

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Let's DO this!

Phontsolo on Apr 26, 2011


Hold on. Brad Pitt's wife?! I always assumed Pitt would be taking on the role of the interviewer. I can't think of another character in the book with a big enough part for him to be interested in and certainly not one with a wife (correct me if I'm forgetting someone). Maybe I'm jumping to conclusions here but this news gives me a queasy feeling. I can't remember the last time I had this much invested in a movie doing right by a book and if they make this a linear story following one character or set of characters, I'm going to be supremely disappointed.

Groov on Apr 26, 2011


That was the feeling I had as well.

Quazzimotto on Apr 27, 2011


Groov, right now, all we can do is wait. From what I've read (and I'm a huge fan of the book and recommend it to all), it seems that the structure of the book was a major stumbling block. Hell, it is easy to say, "Well, just do it like this!!" but that's being a bit short-sighted. Strangely enough, the audiobook version, while very, very good, also cut out a number of things from the book. It didn't spoil things for me. "Maybe I'm jumping to conclusions here but this news gives me a queasy feeling." Well...don't be too hard on yourself. It's understandable, since you love this book (and honestly, who WOULDN'T??). But at least you admit that you might have jumped to conclusions. Not too many folks on the 'Net have the courage to admit that. Best advice? Wait and see. And remember, if the movie is a bad film, you don't have to see it. Heck, the book will still be around. Cheers.

Anonymous on Apr 27, 2011


But there was no wife in the book :l

Anonymous on Apr 26, 2011


There is no "wife" mentioned in the book. The author doesn't talk about himself at all.

Fancee2001 on Apr 26, 2011


there is a wife in the script,but she is not in it that much

easy company on Apr 26, 2011


This definitely would work better as an ensemble cast. Like Babel or Crash. The fact that there were perspectives from so many different people was what made this book unique in the Zombie realm. I'm fine with Pitt being a central character tying all the stories together, but it will loose its edge if kept to a few characters played out in a linear form. At this point I still have hope.

Ivan on Apr 26, 2011


Unless they stick to the basic premise of the book and tell several small stories to get the over all picture of the war it won't be anything special

Staatz on Apr 26, 2011


I'm hoping this is just rumors and confusion, because I would hate for them to start taking liberties with the adaptation of one of the most outstanding fiction novels I've read.

JL on Apr 26, 2011


JL, while I agree and sympathize with you, it's important to remember this: every film based on a novel or short story has taken liberties with the source material. Some stick close, but change a couple of things. Some take a middle ground. And some just take one or two elements and jettison everything else. Ever read "Farewell to the Master"? It's the short story that the original THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL was based on. Only two elements from that story remain in the film. I also think that WWZ was one of the best books I've ever read. I'd put it up there with WARDAY (which shares the same sort of structure, but it's a different event--a limited nuclear war). But there were changes made to the audiobook of WWZ, and I didn't mind. It seems that what's caused a lot of grief is that the book's very structure--its setup--might be a reason why making a film that might be only 2+ based on it is so difficult. Still, let's wait and see. I'm all for seeing the Battle of Yonkers right up there on the big screen... Cheers.

Anonymous on Apr 27, 2011


Ethan, READ THIS BOOK! no need to hunt me down and offer me large sums of money or vow a "life debt" to me when you've finished. just so long as you get someone else to read it in turn.

Nick S. on Apr 26, 2011


Very awesome news, but I'd still like them to find a new director.

Craig on Apr 26, 2011


I hope they dont mess it up, but Pitt tends to pick winners,script must be really good.

tir na nog on Apr 26, 2011


is pitt playing the doctor in the beginning then? and even if so, was his wife even mentioned? starting to get nervous...........

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Whitemouthmule on Apr 26, 2011


hmmmm seems like Brad may be playing Todd Waino, one of the soldiers..he's the only person in the book that i can remember who's married and is interviewed 3-4 times. just a guess, i have no idea how they're going to change the movie from the book. if Brad is playing the interviewer there's a lot of room for experimentation..the interviewer doesn't have much of a personality in the book

Britt6984 on Apr 26, 2011


Britt, now that you mentioned do have a point. It could be Todd. Although in the audio book for WWZ, Todd was played by Mark Hamill, who did a damned good job, I'd say.

Anonymous on Apr 27, 2011


What makes this story so unique is how Max Brooks is really telling about the story of the Aids Epidemic or any epidemic that is miss managed and miss handled and causing to spread fast. max Brooks tells this story using the zombie plague as a story telling device to simulate this crisis. All the different perspectives, tell of governments making poor decisions, and personal tragedies that lead to heroism. The Aids story, as told in the book and the movie "And the band played on." can been as an inspiration for the story told in World War Z. not sure how any of this will translate into a movie that will most likely be turned into an action, horror, zombie fest and lose all it's social and political commentary. Not really excited for this just yet...I will wait and see.

Rivas En on Apr 27, 2011


Good point, Rivas. And they also turned AND THE BAND PLAYED ON into a movie (I think it was made for cable...and it could have been a two-night miniseries). WWZ also has something in common with Strieber and Kunetka's WARDAY (traveling around the country and/or the world conducting interviews several years after a major event). It was one of the best books I've read, and I hope it gets even more attention with the film. Cheers.

Anonymous on Apr 27, 2011

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