Paramount renews option for WORLD WAR Z adaptation

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
April 23rd, 2010

It’s one of the most innovative, fresh takes on the zombie subgenre, but for some reason the feature film adaptation of Max Brooks’ World War Z has yet to make it to the big screen. After several writing regime changes, including older drafts by J. Michael Straczynski (CHANGELING) and a recent rewrite by Matthew Michael Carnahan (STATE OF PLAY), and with Marc Forster (QUANTUM OF SOLACE) previously attached to direct, the film’s development has been as slow moving as the undead.

But Paramount isn’t ready to put a bullet in the head of the project just yet, as the studio just renewed the option to make the film. Variety reports that Forster is still indeed developing the film, although it was reported at last year’s Comic Con that the studio was seeking a new director. Brad Pitt’s Plan B is still on board to produce.

World War Z follows a member of the United Nations Postwar Commission as he interviews people from all levels – government, military, medical, and civilian – about their experiences and retrospectives into the third World War. The war between the living and the undead. Largely known for its docu-style and non-linear, flashback narrative, World War Z will likely be the CHILDREN OF MEN of the zombie genre…that is, if it ever raises itself from the grave.

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