New writer on WORLD WAR Z

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
July 17th, 2009


If you have not yet read WORLD WAR Z, I urge you to move it to the top of your “books I want to read before I die” list, AKA your “book bucket list.” The book takes a look back at World War III through various people’s perspectives as they reflect on a time in which flesh-eating zombies overtook the globe, causing death and destruction in their wake.

It would seem that the book’s film adaptation has gotten a new writer in the form of top-notch screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan (STATE OF PLAY, THE KINGDOM). Sadly, this means the departure of previous writer J. Michael Straczynski, who wrote last year’s extremely well-written, underrated CHANGELING, as well as being one of the most regarded comic book writers of this generation. It is my opinion that his stint on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN was some of the best writing the character’s story has ever seen. It is unknown the reasoning behind Straczynski’s departure .

Here is what WORLD WAR Z’s author Max Brooks (also of the hilarious THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE and son of Mel Brooks) had to say about Carnahan:

“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. 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!”

WORLD WAR Z presents itself as a novel, to be somewhat in a documentary styling of storytelling, so I expect the film will be a very cool, different take on the zombie genre. I guess we will just have to wait an see what Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company and director Marc Forster (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, MONSTER’S BALL) do with it. The above concept art released early this year at least gives me solace. Yes, that was on purpose.

Source Fangoria

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  • Garage_Sail

    Can I have my book back, JAMES?

  • ChaseWhale

    Give the mam his book back!

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