14 Nov

World War Z gets a director!

Posted by Bryan White | Friday November 14, 2008 | Uncategorized

Here’s a genuinely weird twist on the usually neglected state of horror movies, particularly zombie flicks.  The J. Michael Straczynski script for Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company has been in limbo for some time and I was pretty certain that this movie would never be made.  Looks like I was wrong.

Variety reports that the adaptation of Max Brooks’ stellar “oral history” of a global zombie outbreak has signed a director.  A good one, at that.  Marc Forster, director of Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball and most recently, the latest Bond flick, Quantum of Solace, has been signed to direct.

It’s important that World War Z get a quality production crew behind it.  Where the zombie movies of the last decade have been lacking the impact of the films from the height of the concept, Zombie fiction has been taking flight, going in unique directions that manage to avoid the gun fantasy that most contemporary zombie movies become.  If you haven’t read it, you really should at this point.  World War Z is a hybrid between your typical novel and a short story anthology.  One world, one continuity, short stories taking place in that continuity.  It’s an anthology of survivor tales from all over the world as Zombies become a real problem.  It’s a remarkably grim and straight faced protrayal of the end of the world.

Where before I was pretty tired of zombie movies, I’m pretty pumped about this news.  If there is one adaptation I want to see and see done right, it’s this baby.


  1. November 17, 2008 12:57 pm


    I’m not a fan of the book – I found it a rather tedious read, however this may be one of the few exceptions where the movie is better than the book!

  2. November 18, 2008 5:49 pm


    What i really liked about the book was that it showed how human weakness can give rise to catastrophe. I think that is going to be hard to convey in the film. If they do a 90-minute format, the focus ends up being on zombie-action, not the people and politics. I’m hoping for trilogy… cover the early outbreaks, the panic, and then the war. It is just to much good writing for one movie.

  3. November 18, 2008 5:58 pm

    Bryan White

    My dream scenario for World War Z would be to see this made into a cable mini-series. It can be as long as it needs to be and as violent as they want to be and not have to worry about it. Doing the feature thing, though, they’re going to wind up truncating and cutting out really good parts. I really see them knocking out that totally awesome story about the nuclear sub or the dog trainer in favor of putting the focus on the Battle of Yonkers and the push east from the Rockies. Both very cool stories but long enough and important enough to be the focus of an entire feature.

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