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World War Z – Zombies still heading out way

Posted by LiveFor on April 22, 2010

Been an awfully long time since anything new was said about the adaption of Max Brooks’ zombie book. I was beginning to think it was never going to happen.

However in a recent interview with FEARnet the author had this to say.

Paramount just renewed the option for World War Z, for half the time and twice the money, so that might signal interest. We still got our director, Marc Forster, who’s raring to go. Were all waiting on Matt Carnahan’s new draft, which should come in a month or so. Once that comes in then I think it probably will have to be tweaked and brought to the studio but we’re sort of zeroing in on that moment where Paramount has to say yes or no.

I think the size of the book, the scope of the book, makes it hard to produce, in that this thing’s gotta be done right or it just can’t be done. You can’t do a cheap and dirty World War Z. It’s a world war, and I think that makes studio executives nervous. I think it limits its options, so that’s running against it.

The studio have shoved a load of money over to keep the rights so looks as if things may be getting fast tracked.

By the way that is a fan made poster from here.

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Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D will have epic scenes of zombie carnage

Posted by LiveFor on October 3, 2009

zombie apocalypse demotivatorZebediah de Soto has been talking to STYD about his work on the 3-D CGI Night of the Living Dead film subtitled “Origins,” co written by David Schwartz and produced by Simon West Productions. It sounds as if he wants things to be on a much larger scale than those seen in George Romero’s zombie films.

“I want to see a helicopter clipping its propeller on a building and careening into a crowd of people. Zombies going through the streets. A thousand people tearing each other apart, zombies tearing them apart, total chaos,”

“One of the first horror films I owned was Night of the Living Dead, it made a huge impression on me,” he explains of the impetus driving the project. “There are all of these interesting little back stories in terms of the other characters, but we only got to follow Barbara in the original. They were always describing these really big scenes, like Ben says a truck is chased down by a horde of zombies. I always wished I could have seen that.”

“It’s not a prequel,”
he maintains. “I loved Romero’s movie and there are so many people out there raping it to death, I didn’t want to be next in line to the gang bang. But I really wanted to do something that was a little creative but an homage to what he was doing. I want to see a zombie movie on the scale of [the Max Brooks novel] World War Z and the only thing I changed in terms of the terrain is that we go into New York City. This is a post-9/11 world we live in and how would people react to this if it really happened? How would they respond? For me, one of the things missing from zombie films is effects done on a level no one has ever seen before like Spider-Man or The Hulk. Those effects applied to a zombie film.”

I love the fact he name checks World War Z as that film appears to be in development hell for the moment. He is right of course. We have yet to see large scale zombie effects. The closest we have got to that are the scenes in the video game Dead Rising with hundreds of zombies on screen at the same time.

All environments and characters will be created in CG via De Soto and Gus Malliarodakis’ New Golden Digital. De Soto goes on to talk about the look of the film “it lends itself more to the movie 9 in that I want this to look like a living painting. The only thing that ever came close to that idea is Zack Snyder’s 300 but this is a bit more stylized than that. I originally came from comic books and I was a graphic artist for nine or ten years. I always wanted to see something like this.”

Danielle Harris has already been cast to star as Barbara. For the role of Ben, De Soto is trying to get Mos Def (Be Kind Rewind). “I loved his performance in Monster’s Ball he’s great in that. His people responded, expressed interest and we sent some numbers to them. We’ll see.”

Night of the Living Dead: Origins is currently in production with a 2010 release date in mind.

De Soto has said he wants to unveil a teaser trailer this Halloween. “I know so many people get pissed off about this movie being redone again, but it’s not the same regurgitated bullshit. We’re taking this seriously.”

It looks as if De Soto has the right mindset for the film. Fingers crossed it will be as good as we all want it to be.

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World War Z may be looking for a new director

Posted by LiveFor on July 25, 2009

First there were delays then there was the news that J Michael Straczynski’s script was being rewritten by script hot shot Matthew Michael Carnahan.

Now a rumour that came from the San Diego Comic Con that Paramount Pictures is currently looking for a new director.

Currently attached is Marc Forster who directed Quantum of Solace. To me Quantum was a huge disappointment after the excellent Casino Royale. The action scenes in Quantum just didn’t work. Therefore, the news that Forster may not be doing World War Z is actually pretty cool to me. I just really want to see Max Brooks excellent book on the big screen – The Battle of Yonkers, lobos, the astronauts on the space station watching the swarms of the undead, underwater zombies and more.

This is a rumour at the moment, but who would be a good director for this adaption? Zack Snyder, Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Sam Raimi, Lloyd Kaufman? Who could it be?


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World War Z gets a new scriptwriter

Posted by LiveFor on July 17, 2009

On FANGORIA RADIO last week, guest Max Brooks told them about a new writer taking on the film version of his best-selling undead-epic novel World War Z. The movie is being developed by Paramount and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Production, and J. Michael Straczynski had already written the script.

Now taking on the adaptation reins is Matthew Michael Carnahan, a specialist in political thrillers such as State of Play and The Kingdom.

“He’s one of Hollywood’s hot A-list writers, so if they went after him and paid him a mountain of gold, it definitely shows their confidence in this project,” Brooks said on the show. “They say it’s a positive move because they’re very excited, but the truth is, it’s also positive because they just paid him a buttload of money, and [with] the money they paid him, the money they paid Straczynski and they money they’ve paid me, they’ve really dug themselves a deep hole, so they better make this thing!”

Not sure whether this news is good or bad. Carnahan may have just been brought in to polish the political aspect of the script or maybe he’s rewriting huge chunks of it.

Marc Forster is directing it and it was supposed to start filming this year. Obviously that is not the case, so who knows what problems there are with the script.

I just want to see this film! (below is a fan made teaser trailer using a whole host of other films).


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World War Z has hit some delays

Posted by LiveFor on June 16, 2009

Some bad news for fans of cool zombie literature (that includes me). Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) says that the anticipated film adaptation of World War Z may have to wait a little longer.

Speaking with Migros Magazin, Forster says the film’s script still needs a lot of development and is “still far from realization”. As a result he’s likely moving forward with another project entitled Disconnect which is ‘ready to go’.

Disconnect is said to be about how humans deal with new technologies and the changes it causes to interpersonal relationships.

World War Z, based on the novel by Max Brooks, is a series of interviews conducted with various people about the events that transpired when a zombie pandemic swept the globe.

I am a bit surprised about Forster’s comments as a script written by J Michael Straczynski has been around for ages (check out the script review). In December last year Straczynski also said “I’m working with [Marc Forster] notes to make one final pass on the script, Our hope is to get it moving into production by the first of the year.”

It looks as if they haven’t got final draft sorted. I have an awful feeling that there are some disagreements on the way the film should go and that the film may not be as cool as the book. Fingers crossed they get it resolved soon.

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World War Z – Possible concept art

Posted by LiveFor on January 28, 2009

io9 had these amazing pieces of art by Daniel LuVisi. They show the Battle of Yonkers from Max Brook’s World War Z and they are absolutely amazing. I hope the film looks as good as this.

The artist said “This is the image I did, to get on the film World War Z with Marc Forster, director of Quantum of Solace. Can’t say whats going on or what the outcome is right now, but it’s not in the negative zone 🙂
This was one of the most difficult images I’ve ever done. Incredibly challenging to the point where I wanted to quit. But through thick and thin I forced myself to complete it.”

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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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World War Z to be directed by Marc Forster

Posted by LiveFor on November 14, 2008

Paramount has hired Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster to helm World War Z, the big screen adaptation of Max Brooks bestselling novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. The 352 page book chronicles the aftermath of a great zombie-human war.

J Michael Straczynski penned the screenplay. The basic premise of the book is that it is an oral history of the zombie war, compiled by an unnamed government employee. The movie follows this researcher, named Gerry Lane (possibly to be played by Brad Pitt, who is producing the project), as he travels the world conducting interviews with survivors, 10-years later. Forster told Variety that the story reminded him of “the paranoid conspiracy films of the ’70s like ‘All the President’s Men.”

The official plot description from the book below:

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.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”

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Max Brooks talks about Warren Ellis, Prison and Zombie Survival Guide Recorded Attacks Graphic novel.

Posted by LiveFor on November 13, 2008


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World War Z is coming.

Posted by LiveFor on June 27, 2008

World War Z is a great book by Max Brooks (son of Mel). It deals with a bloke travelling around the World to interview survivors of the zombie uprising. They include soldiers, politicians, families, astronauts and blind samurai. It’s an excellent book and has been optioned by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment. J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Rising Stars, Spider-Man, The Twelve) has been busy adapting it and I’ve just read this quote on an interview he did with Comic Book Resources.

The adaptation of “World War Z” is in and done. Everyone is very happy with it, and now they are figuring out the best marketing campaign for it, since it is a political/thriller/zombie movie, which is not something you tend to see a lot of. That is for Brad Pitt’s company.

I can’t wait for this movie. I just want to see the scene described by the astronaut stuck on the International Space Station as he watched the huge zombie herds move across America, or see the submarine move through the masses of zombies walking across the ocean floor. So many good sequences in the book that will look amazing on the big screen…as long as it is done right. I have high hopes.

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