In any film adaptation of a book, changes are necessary and expected to make the story more movie-friendly — or just for the damn hell of it without any real rhyme or reason.
The crux of Max Brooks‘ “Oral History of The Zombie War,” World War Z is its narrative structure; the story takes place in the world after the massive zombie war as the narrator journeys around the world and interviews survivors to piece together the story of the zombie uprising. It is, essentially, a documentary in the way that its presented because this approach (plus having an author who can actually write) gives it that sense of realism.
Paramount has officially released the film synopsis for Marc Forster‘s movie adaptation of World War Z, and there is one major change:
The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.
So, basically, there’s a huge shift in the timeline where the story now takes place as the war is happening, and apparently Brad Pitt‘s character, Gerry Lane, is on a mission to stop it.
Lots of fans are upset that the major crux of the story, its narrative structure and being told through a string of post-war vignettes, is changed; we no longer get to see the aftermath of the war and really get a sense of how big an impact it made on the world and how difficult it is to rebuild everything. According to some, this change is the little push the movie needed to go from a great zombie movie to being just like every other zombie movie. Others are cautiously optimistic; this change obviously calls for more on-screen action without the use of flashbacks and may be more movie-friendly.
What do you guys think of the change? Is it a big deal to you or are you open to waiting and seeing what Forster does with it?