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WORLD WAR Z may not come back from the dead

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
March 22nd, 2011

There was a time where the feature adaptation of Max Brooks' zombified WWIII retrospective was moving forward full sprint ahead but now that seems to have come to slow shuffle, possibly even a stop with a bullet in the head. That is if Paramount can't find another financier to pick up half of the bill (ringing in at a cool $125 million plus). If they can't, the studio may end up pulling the trigger on the Marc Forster-directed film starring Brad Pitt (Pitt is also producing under his Plan B Entertainment banner).

Sources say that Paramount is currently reaching out to two potential producers. One unnamed and the other being David Ellison (TRUE GRIT, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL, Untitled Shane Salerno/Kurtzman-Orci Project), a frequent collaborator of Paramount's and 28-year-old son of billionaire software magnate Larry Ellison.

When Vulture asked Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman if they would still make the film without additional financial backing, he opted out of answering, saying that it was too early to tell.

Goodman also expressed, "We're really committed to making a big, kick-ass giant movie with Marc Forster and Brad Pitt." However, at this point, I'm not so sure that's what Z needs. From the moment I learned they were making the film, and after my initial excitement expired, I began to question just how they would achieve this. The book carries the subtitle An Oral History of the Zombie War and that's exactly what it is. A docu-style look back at the origins and apocalyptic aftermath brought on by the outbreak of a zombie pandemic, retold through interviews with various witnesses conducted by a member of the United Nations Postwar Commission (coincidentally named Max Brooks). It's very DISTRICT 9 in it's non-linear, verité narrative stylings, but may be better fit for a miniseries which could compliment its chapterized storytelling. Not to mention avoiding a PG-13 rating, like the one insured by Forster's contract with Paramount.

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  • http://kclose3.com/blog kacey3

    I’ll be very disappointed if this get shelved, indefinitely.

  • http://kclose3.com/blog kacey3

    I’ll be very disappointed if this get shelved, indefinitely.

  • http://kclose3.com/blog kacey3

    I’ll be very disappointed if this get shelved, indefinitely.

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