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World War Z update from J. Michael Straczynski

Posted by LiveFor on December 3, 2008

MTV spoke to J. Michael Straczynski about his World War Z adaption of tha Max Brooks book. It’s about to begin production with Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) at the helm. Here’s what Straczynski had to say:

“We talk about it as a thriller, the closest comparison being ‘The Bourne Identity, Most zombie movies to this point have been small, focusing on a few people in a house. And this has got real scare. You’re in India with hundreds of boats trying to get out of there with a tidal wave of zombies. The scale of what we’re doing here is phenomenal.”

“Now that Marc is here, I’m working with his notes to make one final pass on the script, Our hope is to get it moving into production by the first of the year.”

“The fictional concept of the book is that its written by someone with the UN, so let’s tell that story. Let’s show the book being written. We follow this guy all over the world as he goes on these interviews, and he has his own personal story as well. You’re cutting between the past and the present, how he got to this point. It has that international feel to it, and because it goes backward and forward in time, we can cherry-pick our favorite moments in the book. Some of it is crazy in scale.

It’s huge. It’s as political as the book was. And it ends with that book being completed.”

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