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Author Max Brooks has claimed fame with his zombie-based literature, most particularly The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Paramount has movie rights to the latter book and is currently holding conversations with three financiers, one of which is Skydance, to finally get the project (which has Brad Pitt attached and Marc Forster directing) off the ground. If that happens, production of World War Z could begin as early as June.
According to Deadline, there were rumors floating around that the studio would drop the project due to a budget of $125 million. Not bad if Pitt indeed signs on and Forster (Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace) directing.
Here’s a portion of the official synopsis of the novel from Brooks’ website:
“The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.”
It looks like Hollywood moves from obsessing over one supernatural creature (vampire) to another (zombie), so this is just one of the many zombie films we can look forward to or dread (take your pick) over the next several years. Other zombie-centric titles in the works include The Kitchen Sink, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Warm Bodies and Zombies vs. Robots.
Does World War Z appeal to you any more than these other zombie projects?