Friday, July 23, 2010
World War Z was simply an amazing book.
Chronicling the individual accounts of several witnesses that have experienced the zombie apocalypse first hand, this 2006 Max Brooks penned novel remains one of my favorite literary fiction works, and has achieved recognition and praise from fans of the zombie genre, mostly notably for its use of social commentary on humanity's flaws and issues over one another amidst the zombie epidemic, not unlike that of George A. Romero's Living Dead films, which the novel takes great inspiration from. As a fan of zombies movies myself, I really enjoyed reading this piece, as well as the other books Mr. Brooks has chugged out for the undead hungry, such as The Zombie Survival Guide.
With good material like this selling like hotcakes, a film adaptation is never far behind, and sure enough, it's on the works now. World War Z will be receiving the big screen treatment courtesy of Paramount Pictures, with Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment securing the rights to the film. To be directed by Marc Forster, World War Z is slated for a summer 2012 release, with the screenplay also co-written by popculture author J. Michael Straczynski, who's known for his works in Television shows like Babylon 5, and comics like the Amazing Spider-Man and, most recently, Superman.
Speaking of Brad Pitt and his production company, Paramount has just announced in the San Diego Comic-Con that the actor will star in the film as well! Now imagine that... Brad Pitt fighting and trying to survive in a post apocalyptic zombie world! This I got to see!
For more info, check out Enewsi! World War Z opens sometime on Summer 2012!