The film based on Max Brooks World War Z keeps shambling forward much like the zombies we all love. Brad Pitt‘s production company, Plan B Entertainment, bought the rights back in 2007 and has been slowly working toward a film adaptation. The latest news is that three new co-financiers are ready to help move this project forward.
Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Quantum of Solace) has been attached to direct World War Z, with Brad Pitt all locked up to play a journalist interviewing those survivors of the ongoing zombie apocalypse that has engulfed earth after an outbreak that brings back the dead has ravaged the world. The novel plays out as a factual account of the zombie war, detailing the experiences of various survivors in different parts of the world when the outbreak starts, and the fallout that comes with it.
The film is being budgeted around $125 – 150 million. Paramount was having issues trying to find a co-financier, but apparently Skydance and two other unnamed studios are ready to pony up to get this production filming. The novel’s scope makes it a difficult story to adapt because of its variety in locations, material, and points of view. World War Z examines everything from a modern day samurai’s battle with the undead to large scale army battles with unbelievable amounts of zombies.
Use of various storytelling methods in the film, like animation, could make some of the harder book sequences much easier to produce and add a depth to the material as it’s seen by the different characters interviewed in the story. When you read those accounts in the book, the interviewee’s perspective changes the storytelling pace and flow; a change in the film’s storytelling methods might make those perspective changes more profound.
The choice to go for a PG rating is confusing to me because of the basic nature of World War Z. The novel is violent and involves many adult situations; it’s hard to imagine swarms of zombies getting blown up by artillery in a non-gory fashion and maintaining a PG rating.
We’ll hopefully see a lot more news about this project now that some money has started flowing. NerdBastards will keep you up to date when those World War Z zombie bits start flying.
via: The Daily Blam