I’ve long been a fan of the Max Brooks’ novel, World War Z. It’s one of my go to summer reads, and one of my prized possessions is my autographed copy of The Zombie Survival Guide. To say that I have a very strong interest in this movie is an understatement.
The path from book to screen for World War Z is a road filled with many detours. It was initially optioned back in 2007 by Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B Entertainment. They commissioned J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Thor) to write the screenplay and the film was slated to go into production in 2009. That didn’t happen, and another was screenwriter was brought in and production started in 2011, wrapping late last fall.
News comes via the Interwebs that none other than Damon Lindelof would be coming in to polish up the script yet again, as World War Z has been pushed from a December 2012 release back to June 2013. According to AICN the third act is apparently a mess, and more re-shoots are expected later this year.
Over at Collider, they are saying that the production will have somewhere between 6-7 weeks of shooting later this year, and it seems as though the June 2013 might be a little to advantageous at this time.
From where I’m sitting, this cannot be very good for the final product. If you are familiar with the book, the narrative is from the view point of a singular character conducting interviews with parties involved with the Zombie War.
The story spanned the globe, touching on various people and cultures and how they dealt with the rising dead. I’m not alone in my appreciation for the style in which Max Brooks brought a new angle to the zombie genre. It was very upsetting to myself and other fans when he was not involved in the development on the film. Here’s an excerpt from Brooks’ personal blog posted in March 2011:
My involvement with this process consisted of selling the movie rights of my book to Plan B/Paramount. I have no creative input in the process, and have not even read Matt Carnahan’s script …. all I can do is sit on the sidelines and root for the team and with Brad Pitt, Matt Carnahan and Marc Forster, that’s one hell of a team!
There’s also something to be said about the state of Paramount Studios, who just pulled a similar stunt with GI JOE: Retaliation a couple of weeks ago. I think the underlying problem is that AMC really changed the game with what they did on cable with The Walking Dead, and I think Paramount is scared. The studio is heavily invested in this property, and see it as a franchise to build upon. Given the quality that AMC has given fans, I don’t think people are overly eager to pay to see a PG-13 zombie flick.
Credits: [ Collider & Ain't It Cool News ]