The first official production still for Robert C. O’Brien‘s Z for Zachariah starring Chris Pine (Star Trek, This Means War), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Pan Am), and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Children of Men) has hit the Internet. While it doesn’t really give us much to go one, there is one big glaring issue staring us right in the face.
For those of you that haven’t read the book, (What is wrong with you, go get it and read it!) there are only TWO characters, Ann Burdon (Margot Robbie) and John Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Now we’ve got a third character, Caleb ( Chris Pine), how he really fits into everything is still unclear, although is was reported back in May that:
Zachariah is a psychological thriller, set after an apocalyptic event. It centers on a teenaged girl who is seemingly the sole survivor until a scientist finds her farm, and the two fall in love. Another survivor, a young man, surfaces, complicating matters.
Pine would be the younger man who shows up later. This is a huge change from the source material and a big flag for me. Any time something strays too much from the source material, bells should be ringing. Need I remind you of World War Z, which was World War Z in name only. I still liked it, but it certainly wasn’t anything like the source material. Perhaps Z for Zachariah will be able to do the same, the cast is incredibly talented, but it still irks me. I expect to like the final product, but that product will be completely different in the end.
Here’s some on set photos that have surfaced:
I imagine they will age up Anne’s character now, mainly because I don’t really see Margot playing a 16-year-old. This would throw off the a lot of the tension from the book which was created by her being so much younger and physically weaker than Loomis.
What do you think? Will this film suffer because of the source material changes?
BBC Play for Today series did Z for Zachariah back in 1984: