WORLD WAR Z Has Trilogy Potential for Paramount

     January 3, 2012


Assuming the world is still around on December 21st of this year, you may find me in the theater watching World War Z, the Paramount Pictures thriller starring Brad Pitt as a United Nations employee racing to stop a zombie pandemic. Loosely based on the novel by Max Brooks, World War Z was initially thought to be a one-shot adaptation, but it looks as if Paramount has other ideas. In an L.A. Times article about Pitt’s career, the actor discussed his work on the most expensive zombie movie in Hollywood. Director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) and the studio both view World War Z as a potential franchise for Pitt, eyeing a trilogy that blends the realism of the Jason Bourne franchise with the undead terror of The Walking Dead. Hit the jump for more.

world-war-z-book-cover-01JoBlo first brought it to our attention that Pitt’s post-apocalyptic zombie film might be turned into a franchise. Fans of the original source material may be upset at first to find that World War Z is being turned into an undead copy of Contagion, but there may yet be hope. Since the novel was originally an “oral history” set after the zombie pandemic had nearly wiped out humanity, perhaps the first film is being setup as a sort of prequel to the events in the book. No word yet on how far Paramount plans to stretch the source material or how much of it will be wholly original to the movie, but it seems promising that if World War Z is a box office success (and if Hell on Earth hasn’t arrived by then), we’ll have more zombie movies to look forward to.

Keep up to date on all of our World War Z coverage here.The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos, and James Badge Dale. World War Z opens December 21st, 2012.

  • jarjarshoulddie

    Bryan Cranston’s not in World War Z.

  • BeenBag

    It kills me to see how they continue to butcher this book.

  • henri

    yes,this could work

  • Foobie

    So basically the only way this movie is representative of the books is that it has zombies? Ridiculous. Way to fuck up an awesome premise for a really dramatic and serious look at the Zombie genre.

    • Billy Fish

      Serious look at the zombie genre FFS get a grip

      • Fishin’ for Billy

        TBH the book IS a serious look. Max Brooks used the idea of zombies to make it fun. A large, LARGE portion of the book is devoted to the political response, and it IS ESSENTIALLY a look into the human condition; our intense, and, at MANY times, heartless response to a problem (Quarantines of the Plague in England, The isolation of lepers, then mentally unstable, in Italy on Poveglia Island, POW camps…). Brooks takes us to the brink of the collapse of our civilization and back. Substitute “zombie” with anything… “WW3″ is an obvious example, but at the same time, complete economic depression is another (albeit extreme and far-out) example. Maybe extreme, elongated drought that kills off our food source for the next five, ten years…
        Tie political, indescribable economic decline, military catch-22′s leaving cities massacred, and mass production problems in with an epidemic that dynamically infects the population and you, my friend, have a serious look at the zombie genre…

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  • James

    I’ll still watch this film, but I’ve given up on it being anything like the book.

  • Susie

    Looks like this will be a “wait till it’s on Netflix” sort of movie. I have read interview snippets with the director, and he all but says that he is too incompetent to make the book into a movie so he is just going to make it his own story. Instead of buying the rights, Forster should have just created his own title instead of trying to cash in on Max Brooks.

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