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WORLD WAR Z On The Ropes Too?

Nordling here.

The horror genre these days can't seem to catch a break, can it?  Sure, if you want to make a smaller budget horror film, directors and writers are free to come up with anything they like, and just judging by the genre films at SXSW, there's some amazing, new voices in horror out there.  But if you attempt to make something larger in scale, like Guillermo Del Toro did with his AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS adaptation, you run into studio pen-pushers and money guys who can't make the numbers add up to anything approaching profit, at least in their opinion.

And now Marc Forster seems to be having the same problem with his WORLD WAR Z adaptation, according to Vulture.  Here we have a big scale zombie war film, produced by Brad Pitt who also stars in the film, and Paramount can't seem to find someone to share in the making of the $125 million dollar production, nor with an R rating that this production REQUIRES.  Now, I understand about adapting Lovecraft because outside of geek circles he's not well known.  I don't agree with it, but I understand it.  But everyone loves zombies right now, especially an adaptation of this particular book, which is huge in scale and promises action setpieces in spades.  The Battle of Yonkers alone would require this to be an R rating and would be the SAVING PRIVATE RYAN beach sequence of zombie movies.  But apparently Paramount signed Forster on with a PG-13 cut, which makes no sense to me.  There's headshots galore in WORLD WAR Z.  Hell, that's the only way the zombies can get taken down.  How can you do a zombie film without headshots?

I'm trying to be optimistic here, but a toothless WORLD WAR Z isn't good for anyone - not the filmmakers and certainly not the audience.  I urge Paramount and the producers to reconsider, but it's unlikely at this point that the film will even be made, not at the budget and scope that this film would require.  Damn shame.

Nordling, out.

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  • March 22, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    So much for "geek culture."

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • March 22, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    PG-13 rating takes all hope away for a great movie.

    by chrismata

  • March 22, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    PG-13? Don't bother.

    by johnnybronto

    Please. WWZ is an amazing book, and I don't really see how they could pull this off at PG-13. The source material is too hardcore. I mean, ZOMBIELAND was rated R. If they made this movie with an R rating I honestly think it would make MORE money. R or don't bother.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    We need a revolution in Hollywood

    by Andrew Coleman

    Tired of ass holes who don't have any vision. Ass holes here are to blame as well. To many nerds and geeks are too busy being anti-social haters to go see movies made for us. Now Hollywood will only green light: Sequels, remakes, teen angst films or animated flicks. Then occasionally during Oscar time we have some solid flicks. We need someone to violently take out the people in charge and put in people who have some balls. Make this movie aren't zombies "in" right now? Fucking ass holes so afraid to make kick ass movies everything has to be PG-13 because they care more about the Twilight fan base than anything else. Fucking ass holes.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Hey, I have another great idea:

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Hire Sofia Vergara for the female lead and have her wear a burka for the entire movie.. Fucking idiots...

  • March 22, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Go rated R hard or go home.

    by shutupfanboy

    Paramount has their heads up their ass.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    What a waste! Such a great book!

    by Zardoz

    Show some balls and make this movie a hard-R, Paramount! Look at the returns on "The Walking Dead": serious themes + zombies + good actors + blood and gore = lots of money and success! Do it!

  • March 22, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    "Let's make a porn movie but with no sex!"

    by WriteForTheEdit

    "That way kids can see it!"

  • March 22, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Nordling is gay

    by Majority

    he sucks camel spunk

  • March 22, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    myphdisdoom

    by ClayMatthews

    Right on.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Not everythign has to be for everyione...

    by KingKrikkit

    Why don't the studios understand not every movie made has to appeal to everyone?... they have to stop watering down that which requires blood guts and sex, whenever necessary. Not every 13 year old with nothing to do on a Friday needs to be able to see every movie in the theater.

  • ...and shooting of bullets, and maggots, and worms in the eye sockets, and pick-axes to the skulls? But, really, guys, LOVE the story... Just needs a tweak here and there."

  • March 22, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Quitters...

    by Lemure_v2

    A good writer could get the rating down but still keep the essence of the story. Getting the tone right will help too. And let's be honest, you've seen one zombie head-shot, you've seen them all. Head-shot after head-shot after head-shot will be boring. It's still do-able where everyone wins.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Fuck it

    by maxjohnson1971

    I'd rather just stay with the book than some sanitized teen friendly p.o.s. I'm surprised Pitt doesn't have the power to tell them how it's gonna be. But I am glad that he would tell them to fuck off rather than do that to that book.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Compromise

    by johnnybronto

    How about this. You can release your 1.5 hour "PG-13" cut in the theaters... But only if you also release the 2.5 hour "Hard R" cut on dvd/blu-ray ON THE SAME DAY. No? Then don't waste your money. I would rather have the memories of a good book than a bad movie to detract from it.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    This shouldn't even BE an expensive war film! Jesus.

    by NinjaRap

    Just read the book! The entire thing is a series of interviews with survivors of the war against the zombies. It cries out for "mockumentary" format, with actors playing the survivors, telling their "true stories" as we look at grainy footage and photography of what they're describing. It's so obvious that it writes itself, because all you have to do is film the fucking book.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    BLOATED BUDGET

    by The Aquarian 1

    Don't make the film for $150 million. Brad Pitt asking 20 bills doesn't make a whole lot of sense. 150 mill is huge. That's probably without a P&A budget, which for a film that size would be around another 100 million. So you're looking at a 250-300 million overhead with the distributor taking half of that. Film has to Gross about 600 million just to see a profit. You think that's hard to understand hesitation? People lose their business making films of that size. They do not need to cost that much money. Folks need to put some OBSTRUCTIONS in their way. Make art.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    PG-13 is the bane of genre cinema

    by jimmy_009

    I think I was just reading how Zack Snyder had to change his approach to some of the baddies in Battle Royale to make sure he hit the PG-13 rating. So basically directors are tossing their visions to get these gutless PG-13 versions of their movies. It blows. Didn't 300 make over 200 million with a hard R? You're telling me a zombie war movie starring Brad Pitt couldn't do the same? Terrible.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    WWZ would be perfect for...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    ....HBO and is a much better story than The Walking Dead....

  • March 22, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    I'll tell you what the suits will do...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...insist on PG-13, make all the zombies CGI (yeah, that worked so well with that Will Smif version of I Am Legend, huh?), and have the CGI zombies spew pink CGI goo when shot (think Klingon Blood in ST:The Undiscovered Country). They'll lamely explain it as "Well the zombie virus changes their body chemistry." Also, an massively staged war scenes will be eliminated in favor of "cute tweens versus mean ole' zombie hordes" scenes. And finally, all the social commentary and satirical elements of the novel will be cleanly excised out, of course. Geez, Max's dad is the legendary Mel Brooks, Brad Pitt's on board and STILL this can't get made? Why can't we get a tsunami where we goddamn NEED one? Fuck Hollywood!

  • March 22, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    by ravenloff

    There's nothing on the horizon I'm waiting for, at least as far as adaptations are concerned, as WWZ. "The Battle of Yonkers alone would require this to be an R rating and would be the SAVING PRIVATE RYAN beach sequence of zombie movies. " Maybe in terms of gore, but the whole movie would end up being like that. The Battle Of Hope might be more in line with D-Day, as we actually win there. An adaptation of WWZ doesn't have to be gore, gore, gore. The story stands on it's own without extremely graphic flesh ripping. The real fear for this movie, especially in the current epoch we live in, isn't a single individual being eaten by a zombie, but in the complete and utter breakdown of civilized society. This is the main thrust of the book anyway.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    but we get three big mama movies but we cant get this

    by ORIONgods

    explainnnnnnnnnnnn hollywood explainnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  • March 22, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    The Walking Dead pulled record breaking numbers

    by ltgalloway

    but the studios don't see any potential for profit? I know it's not as straight forward as that, but it's certainly not something that can be flat out ignored either. I hope someone will find the balls to greenlight these projects, and realize how lucky they are to even be in that position.

  • March 22, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    This needs to be a passion project.

    by johnnybronto

    WWZ really needs to find it LOTR/Peter Jackson equivalent to make this movie. Just because Brad Pitt is involved doesn't really qualify.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Cable Miniseries

    by Green

    Do it a la THE PACIFIC or BAND OF BROTHERS. You'd not only get the scope, but you'd have time to flesh out (pun intended) Brooks' great characters.

  • But if you make and market a movie whose primary concept is a world-wide war with zombies, the ultimate zombie apocalypse, and it is bloodless enough to earn a PG-13 rating, YOU HAVE FAILED UTTERLY. I don't care how the book is written. The expectations of the audience DEMAND an R rating.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    anyone ever heard of George Romero?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    give it to him. He will do it for $500,000 in a warehouse in Pittsburgh.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    When I was a kid...

    by BeanGrud

    EVERY movie was rated R. If you were under 18, tough titties! Why do movie execs cater to snot-nosed lil bastards? It's all about the PAPER.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    I don't think a rated R zombie movie of any kind is possible.

    by sweeneydave

    Look at Fido. It's a generally harmless movie. My kids have seen it. No sex. No swearing. Minimal zombie carnage. But the few moments of zombie attacks involve a) the dead ripping apart living human flesh with their teeth and b) the same human looking cannibals being shot squarely in the head with a gun. Even if you keep the gore minimal and the attacks few and far between, you still have to have these two instances in a zombie movie, making it impossible to be anything but rated R.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    I was saying "Boo-urns".

    by Royston Lodge

    So say we all.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    ADULT MOVIES ARE FOR ADULTS!!!!!!!!

    by JaredP

    when are people going to realize that

  • March 22, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    by JaredP

    i couldn't believe all the parents that took there kids to see rango

  • March 22, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    I want Taco Bell so bad right now..

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I could just shoot someone. Pending the cost.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    A problem thats here to stay ...

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    Its not the 80s anymore ... Spending over 100m on ANY R rated movie is a MASSIVE financial risk, especially in these messed up times. Any epic Horror or Sci-Fi is now going to have its balls removed. Its fucking frustrating but makes perfect sense, who wants to burn money??

  • March 22, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Ugh.

    by blackwood

    No, I don't think a PG-13 is necessarily the kiss of death... unless people 'aim' for it. That's the problem with the rating. Films are not rated based on their contents -- their contents are designed to secure a particular, magically profitable rating. That's Hollywood. Thank GOD for Ti West, Lucky McKee et. al. I've lost a bit of faith in Del Toro, too.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Loved the novel... no interest in seeing a watered-down version.

    by Chewtoy

  • March 22, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    I agree

    by kurtisaurus

    Aquarian way back there somewhere said it well. The overhead for this thing is insane considering what you can do on a budget. I gotta admit I'd be hesitant to pull the trigger (pun sort of intended) on the thing at that price considering how many people would have to see it. And let's face it, zombie movies, big-budget and big-star or not, don't pull in THAT level of cash. They do quite well if made in the 8 digit range and can reach enough audience, but this book (and it is a good 'un) isn't mainstream to the degree necessary. There's a shit-ton of zombie movies out there, most of them awful, and even Romero seems to have a hard time getting a budget together for his movies and HE'S THE FREAKIN' MAN. <p> It sells well when it can reach us types at a lower cost, look what AMC gave us last fall and that was six weeks worth, not an all or nothing gamble on a two-hour opus. I'm all for recognizing Hollywood for being the spineless mess it's become today, but I also am sane enough of a film geek to do the math and know that in this case they're not so far off the mark.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Hollywood horror is Saw 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9...

    by ihatetalkbacks

    Small cast, small setting in terms of sets and cheaply shot. Nothing involving outside shooting in an urban environment will be made

  • March 22, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    writefortheedit

    by ravenloff

    "I don't care how the book is written. The expectations of the audience DEMAND an R rating." So you speak for the entire audience? Hardly given your first sentence. I'm not and never have been a zombie movie fan. There's no judgment of those who are, it's simply not my thing. WWZ as a narrative, though, that's an amazing piece of work. The only audience it really "owes" anything to are the readers of the book. Are you really going to make a claim that PJ's LOTR movies owed something to the fantasy fans in general? Or does his primary impetus derive from the source material as it was written? So many, so often here on this site bitch and moan about staying true to the source material. Yes, there are some fleeting and graphic instances in the book. The dead baby in the backpack comes to mind. But, frankly, I want to see these characters (not the zombies) brought to life badly enough that I'll take a high-quality PG-13 if its between that and nothing at all. Again, no real zombie flic fan here, but I did read and re-read the book, as well as bought it as gifts for just about every guy in my extended family. Max Brooks owes me (lol).

  • March 22, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    p.s.

    by kurtisaurus

    Zombies are a huge meme/zeitgeist/whatever right now, there's no denying. But it's mostly in low to no budget channels. Sure there's a new zombie-based t-shirt and a cute sticker or zombie car wash or zombie FPS shooter every couple of weeks, and occasionally the news covers the latest zombie flash-mob, but very few of those channels actually result in a profit, they're often for fun or some group of artists having a good time with the idea. <p> Shit, Zombieland was the most recent zombie movie that made profit in theaters and even with Mark Zuckerburg, Woody the bartender and the voice of Garfield it didn't pull off any sort of insane runaway hit status.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    I’m sick of all this pandering to families and children.

    by Frank Conniff

    I say do away with the movie rating system. Or at least have it just be for information purposes only. Don’t restrict anyone from seeing an R rated movie. If parents don’t want their kids watching certain movies, it should be their responsibility to make sure that they don’t. I mean, I’m sure a high school freshman can handle seeing some blood and gore, and they would be absolutely overjoyed to see some tits. Why do we insist on denying them this enjoyment?

  • March 22, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Zombies are on the way out...

    by Ironhelix

    ...and At the Mountains of Madness is a stupid idea for a movie to begin with. Lovecraft was a genius, but his horror is all in your head, it can't be shot with a camera.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Good. Zombie are so fucking played out anyway

    by alienindisguise

    move on hollywood numb nuts.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Um on one hand

    by Phategod100

    PG-13 for a Zombie movie is rediculous, on the other hand I'm getting tired of Zombie movies. And the one thing that always made the studios like Zombie movies was there modest budget, of course there not going to break the mold with another Zombie movie the time isnt right in my book.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Can anyone name a PG-13 Zombie movie?

    by The Dum Guy

    All the recent ones (Zombieland, Shaun OTD, Dawn OTD, etc.) are rated R... and all the old ones too.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    All the recent Zombie movies are post modern

    by ihatetalkbacks

    they are not traditional zomie movies. They are like Scream to classic slasher horror. How about a straight Zombie film - no laughs or discussions in it?

  • March 22, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Zombies have jumped the Shark. (Which I would still pay money to see!)

    by TheMaskedSombrero

    World War Z is cool novel and I really would like to see it as a movie. However I am sure I would be disappointed, because the book covers a crap load of countries and individual stories. If they are keeping the cost to $125M price tag, then someone is going to get cut out when they start trimming the story fat! Also can someone tell me why this book is in the humor section at book stories?!?! Makes no since to me!

  • March 22, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    tv.s_frank...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...It's all more to do with Hollywood suits not wanting to offend many potential viewers in the global marketplace. Let's face it, some of the "moral crusaders" in those overseas hellholes make our busybodies seem like amateurs. I'm not really even talking about the Middle East so much, take India, a country that is somewhat reasonable, yet a simple onscreen kiss would be considered pornography and is completely forbidden. Or certain European countries where you can see softcore porn on weekday morning TV, but where excessive acts of violence in media are strongly discouraged. So once again, we're screwed because of the corporate New World Order bullshit!

  • March 22, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    themaskedsombrero...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...Max Brooks is Mel Brooks' son, so the usual pimply-faced, minimum wage dumbass at Borders files it under "Humor".

  • March 22, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    ravenloff: Okay, now that I've caught my breath and calmed down a bit,

    by WriteForTheEdit

    let me say that I think you make a valid point when arguing that the makers of any film should respect source material above all. (No point in pissing off those fans who made said source material successful enough to warrant a film version.) However, (and this is speaking as a HUGE zombie movie fan), the "zombie" horror subgenre has been codified by HUNDREDS of individual films, and I'm almost certain that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM (all the good ones for sure) are R-rated films with imagery that would never, ever clear the PG-13 rating requirements. So while I can't say I speak for the entire audience, I'm confident that I do speak for the majority of the "zombie" movie crowd. And us zombie gorehounds would be furious if this film, one we've hoped to see for so long, would be some neutered, "tween-friendly" movie. Would that doom this film at the box office? I don't know. But I think it would make life more difficult, that's for sure. I should add that I've read Brooks' "The Zombie Survival Guide" and it's a fantastic book.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    writefortheedit: I agree.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    These distressing new developments are "full of retard."

  • March 22, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    WWZ should be a damn miniseries anyway!

    by HoboCode

    WTF? A movie? I cannot even fathom how they could adequately adapt a book of essentially 50 short stories into a fucking 2 hour movie. And Brad Pitt? As who exactly? Rethink this one idiots. Fucking Hollywood hacks. Where the fuck is HBO when you need them? This would be perfect for them.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    even less people care about wwz than lovecraft

    by Monolith_Jones

    Zombies are cool only to geeks. The Walking Dead is a good show first , it being about zombies isn't a selling point.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    harryknowlesnonexistentinceptionreview

    by TheMaskedSombrero

    Thanks! I was aware of the father/son connection, but I was hoping the fools at Borders were smarter than that! I guess I am the fool for thinking they actually read the books they shelve!

  • March 22, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Maybe if we made the Zombies sparkly and....

    by Darth_Nader

    threw in a high school love triangle between a girl, the mysterious new boy in town that craves brains, and the boy who's going to inherit his father's shotgun and chainsaw empire.

  • So poignent!!!

  • March 22, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Nice one nader

    by HoboCode

    Winning.

  • Even the audiobook adaptation of WWZ edited stuff out that was in the novel. While they did a great job on WWZ's audiobook, they still left out a ton of great stuff that I would love to see adapted during the course of a big and bold miniseries. A two to three hour movie version of WWZ, now that is just not gonna cut it in terms of being the best adaptation of it. It would be like squeezing the Star Wars or Lord of the Rings trilogy into a single film. Add the limitations of a PG-13 rating to the mix, and I'd rather they just not make a WWZ film in its currently proposed form. They can always adapt a different, less bloody and serious zombie novel or comic, or "gasp" come up with an original zombie concept for a feature length film. If they want a good yet shorter zombie novel that could work well as a single PG-13 film, then they should take a look at Day By Day Armageddon. It is much better suited to a film adaptation than WWZ. Day By Day Armageddon is centered on a single protagonist, with a shorter and less complex storyline, and is less epic in scope but still ticks a lot of the boxes that WWZ did. Not only that, but Day By Day Armageddon is fast paced, has some nice horror and action scenes that would make great set pieces on film, and would also be much cheaper to produce than WWZ. As for the rating, surely an R would be preferable, but a PG-13 could work without compromising what makes Day By Day Armageddon an entertaining and engaging zombie story. That way someone who wants to properly adapt WWZ to film or TV can do so, and in the end we all win.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Why is this hard?

    by Sithtastic

    I know there's concern of leaving money on the table but I am continually astounded that studio heads want to throw this away with the PG-13 rating, when zombies are clearly rated R fare, when it comes to film. Just cut back the budget, trim the shooting to a low grade old school horror look and stick with the episodic appeal of the book. What part about any of these concepts was so difficult? Think, people. You can do it for less and still make a mint. Stop compromising the integrity of the story.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    stupid hollywood is stupid.

    by Saracen1

  • March 22, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    So is the book really that good?

    by Lucky13

    I was interested in reading this, then saw in this TB that its told thru interviews with 'survivors'... that style would take you out of the story itself, wouldn't it? I'm curious to hear more in-depth reviews of the book, if anyone's up to it.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    unless

    by WALKNDED

    It's R than fuck it . I'll stick to The Walking Dead. never liked the book world war z all that much anyway.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    sithtastic

    by lv_426

    They are going big budget because zombies are cool these days, Brad Pitt is attached, and Marc Forester is in the director's chair. Most of the studios think in a similar manner, basically that it would be wasting an opportunity to make more money by making it more action/spectacle oriented than horrific because they have a big star and a PG-13 rating in there to protect their large investment. Example: if Neill Blomkamp went in and said he could make another film with a similarly small budget like District 9 had, but the catch is no big movie stars, the studio would probably balk at that idea and say he needs a Tom Cruise or Denzel Washington to play the lead and they might as well spend 100+ million to make the film the biggest it can be. Of course, that also means no R rating.

  • March 22, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    I keep refreshing this site...

    by dcut75

    Hoping that the *update* will appear announcing that. a Paramount exec has debunked this as a dumb rumor. Dear God let this be a dumb rumor!

  • March 22, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    FUCK THE MPAA

    by la_sith

    Seriously. They ruin everything.

  • March 22, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    ... scrambles over to his copy of Shaun of the Dead

    by bubcus

    ... yup, that's R. Come on, Studio Execs, let's get this zombie movie made!!!

  • March 22, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Hey Brad? Shop it around at HBO.

    by Mr Soze

    12 Part mini-series...Take the best 12 chapters and turn them into 1 hr segments...HBO wont mess with ya

  • March 22, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Mountains of Madness didn't need to be R. WWZ does

    by rev_skarekroe

    I don't think anything Lovecraft ever wrote was gory enough for an R rating. Remember, scary and gory are two different things. WWZ, though? It's zombies. That's just silly.

  • March 22, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Lucky 13...

    by Mr Soze

    Every chapter is really a short story around the globe during a mass zombie attack...The blind Japenese man is possibly the best in my opinion

  • It's not even about moralism. It's about quarterly results and profits. In conclusion, fuck the studios.

  • March 22, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    WTF

    by pat

    With the success of The Walking Dead, the overall growing popularity of zombies and Brad Fucking Pitt set to star, what the hell is the problem getting the money for this? Dawn of the Dead made $60 mil with ving rhames as the biggest actor aboard... GET THIS DONE

  • March 22, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good. But I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Zack Snyder's destiny lay in movies that were more about action than drama, for much of the next decade. I was so hopeful when Splice came out that it heralded the return of both Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody as genuinely serious actors. But it was a false dawn for both.

  • March 22, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    alienindisguise - Zombie are so fucking played out anyway

    by lv_426

    I disagree. Sure the hordes of shambling Z's might soon fade a bit from the mainstream, but they are truly archetypal fictional monsters just as potent and timeless as vampires, werewolves, ghosts, dragons, and aliens. Look no further than recent zombie successes like The Walking Dead. Or how about that teaser trailer for the upcoming zombie video game Dead Island that recently went viral (no pun intended). Not to mention all the zombie-themed films, novels, and video games released over the past forty years. One thing zombies have going for them over pretty much all vampire characters is that they are still more frightening and primal. Zombies, like the Terminator, can't be reasoned with. They just keep coming until they get a chance to take a bite out of their prey. Zombies haven't been "sparkle-fied" like vampires were with Twilight. Nor do zombies fit that type of re-imagining that often happens with vampires or even other monsters (aliens and werewolves fall victim to this). Not to say that vampires can't be scary or disturbing again. They just need to be de-sparkled to get back to their darker roots. Zombies are a simple but effective concept that don't change too much from story to story, thus making them perfect vehicles to hold up the revealing mirror which exposes human weakness and fallacy in cinema and fiction.

  • March 22, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Recent PG-13 zombie movie

    by Olsen Twins_Fan

    Is the Walking Dead at an "R" level? It's on cable. Little kiddies can watch.

  • March 22, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    MPAA doesn't care about gore anymore

    by fumbles

    I've seen shit on TV thats above and beyond R rated 80's movies now. Hell I just saw Predator on a regular daytime channel and none of the gore was cut out...times have changed and you'd be surprised what you'd get with a PG-13 rating. Take the show BONES, that show makes me cringe sometimes.

  • March 22, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    And of course there's I Am Legend

    by Olsen Twins_Fan

    PG-13, Omega Man PG. Pretty zombiesque.

  • March 22, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    What the Hell?........

    by BlackBriar

    Zombie movie thats PG-13, that will never work. Some guys hit it right on the head, Why do Hollywood cater to these loser teens? does anyone know? Just move this project to another studio thats willing to spend.

  • March 22, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    bubcus, SOTD made $13 million you fucking retard

    by Mel

    Yeah lets put $120 million in and get $13 million back. What business school did you go to?

  • March 22, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    lucky13 - WWZ short review

    by lv_426

    Basically, WWZ takes the concept of a global zombie outbreak and treats it with complete seriousness whilst injecting a shitload of innovative concepts and techniques to combat the undead hordes in believable and extremely well thought out ways. If you read WWZ, you will encounter the zombie war through the eyes of a ton of various and believable people from all walks of life and from all around the world. It is epic. It is sad. It is inspiring. It is action packed. It has moments of thrilling horror, and moments of disgust that ring true, not cheesy like a lot of horror and even some of the best zombie movies fall prey to. It has politicians. It has grunts on the front lines. It has insane people. It has disabled people. It has everyday normal people. It has witty thinkers and academics... all trying to figure out how to deal with the continually swelling ranks of an emotionless undead army. It has dogs trained to recon zombie bottlenecks. It is an awesome book.

  • March 22, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Make it an HBO miniseries

    by William E Russell

    It would work so much better. The book is too grand a scale for a movie. If it's on tv, as a mini-series, it would be sooooo much better. As the Walking Dead shows, zombie tv can and will work.

  • March 22, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    You'd be a moron to put $125 million into this movie

    by Mel

    Theres no way it could possibly make that money back. Just because 50 fatsos on aicn.com think it would be awesome means nothing. Harry's masturbation to Scott Pilgrim sure did wonders for its box office gross, didnt it?

  • March 22, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Smart move from a financial standpoint

    by beastie

    According to Box Office Mojo, the highest grossing zombie movie is Zombieland at $75 million. As much as I'd like to see a HUGE budget, hard R WWZ, I'd do the same thing in their shoes.

  • March 22, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Instead of head shots...

    by crimsoncinder

    Can you use potato guns? We want to market those and take out a toy aisle with world war z merchandise.. On a serious note, I remember a couple years ago when Left 4 dead the game was such a great take on a first person shooter, but like anything that hits a chord, we are then drowned in mediocre takes on the same genre. We need vampire movies...wait, we need pirates....or vampires vs pirates? Western vs sci fi? I want to see lord of the rings meets starwars.

  • March 22, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    What's the problem? Let them do their pussy-assed PG-13!

    by Jaster

    Take out all the gore, headshots, whatever. Turn it into a stupid drama that doesn't even make sense and they can release that version in theaters. Then give me the blood-saturated UNRATED DIRECTOR'S CUT on Blu-ray! I wait for most movies to hit disc nowadays anyway so I don't give a shit what plays in theaters. I don't know why Guillermo doesn't do the same thing. It's not like the PG cut to any movie will be remembered past the theatrical release anyway because the unrated version is forever after the official one. When's the last time you watched the R-rated Dawn of the Dead remake? See?

  • March 22, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    They'd remake "Deep Throat" as PG-13

    by V'Shael

    If they thought they could get away with it.

  • March 22, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    HBO: WWZ, Zombie version of Band Of Brothers

    by DJEagles11

    This would be perfect for an HBO miniseries in the same style as Band Of Brothers. A pg-13 rating will kill it. I think it would still make a ton, but for fans of the book, do we really want to see a watered down version of it? It'd be like sitting down to watch hardcore porn, and instead getting soft core, simulated sex scene...Fuck that! Hard R, or go home! Scrap Pitt, hire some unknowns, and film the shit out of this. The zombies are, and always will be the stars of this genre of films.

  • March 22, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    To those that seem to think its about the money

    by magnetoelectric

    You're right it IS about the money. But its still "Incorrect". The suits will continually promote this argument that its all about the budgets of pictures that continue to skyrocket that paint them into this corner, and it just isn't so.. It's the one "lie" that both Harry and McWeeny glossed over during the ATMOM debacle Its about VISION not money. If its all about the money ,then show me the DATA I say. A picture like Blade Runner cost about $28,000,000 to make in 1981. Adjusted for inflation it would be over $95,000,000 budget today.

  • March 22, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Uncle June said it best

    by magnetoelectric

    "She's like the woman with a Virginia ham under one arm crying that she doesn't have any bread"

  • March 22, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    "but we get three big mama movies but we cant get this"

    by blackflowerX

    Thats because most people anywhere in the world are taseless cunts .

  • March 22, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    PG-13

    by blackflowerX

    Why I don't bother going to the cinema anymore...Or watching 80% of new films , there always shit, and toned down for the kiddies...

  • March 22, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    PG-13 with glittery zombies that fall in love and

    by sweeneydave

    have a long running fued with mummys.

  • March 22, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    I prefer no World War Z to bad World War Z

    by AdamDiran

    Let the project lie fallow for some future time.

  • March 22, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    There goes that.

    by Yelsaeb

    Why can't we get any good movies nowadays?

  • March 22, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the review, lv_426

    by Lucky13

    You've piqued my interest... I'll definitely check it out soon. Thanks for taking the time to write that out for me. If I offend you in the future with a simplistic 'xxxx movie is gay' comment, I apologize in advance. ; -) Mr_Snoze: thanks for the heads up as well.

  • March 22, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Script

    by Baryonyx

    The World War Z script isn't constructed like a 'big scale zombie war film'. It's set after the event (like the book), with people recounting what happened during the chaos, with the protagonists finally realizing that there's been a cover-up: governments knew what was going to happen but were slow to react. The script is actually pretty low on decent zombie action, so maybe the cancellation is no big loss.

  • March 22, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    The rating isn't the problem.

    by cinemixtape.com

    A $125 million production cost for this is absolutely ridiculous. I can't blame ANYONE for not wanting to put up the money for such a niche film. Just because you personally want to see it doesn't mean you or somebody else should risk large amounts of money to see it come to fruition. If the filmmakers/producers were reasonable they'd find a way to cut the budget in half... then talk about creative control.

  • March 22, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    They'll photoshop out the Zombies to avoid offending Zombies

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

  • March 22, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    olsen twins_fan - Walking Dead is rated TV-MA.

    by vic twenty

    They announce this after most commercial breaks so that folks know they are in for some heavy material. The kiddies CAN watch, but shouldn't.

  • March 22, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    And I know folks here loved the audiobook, but I thought

    by vic twenty

    it was cheesy. Just a bit too dinner-theater for my tastes. I was hoping whichever actors they hired would be better, but if PG-13 is the rating, I won't bother. And I love the book.

  • March 22, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    **hired for the film**

    by vic twenty

    Stupid interwebs got me all confused!!

  • March 22, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Vic, Walking Dead is TV-14.

    by Yeah I Wrote That

    Although there is some disclaimer about graphic violence.

  • March 22, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    They can't make a zombie movie

    by Teddy Artery

    for less than $100 million? What's wrong with this picture?

  • March 22, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Hey guys, about PG-13-

    by Hyphin

    I am in no way saying that this project can be made well without an R rating. I am personally not familiar with it, but from the basic Wikipedia run I just went on, it seems to pretty much require it. As everyone as has already said. However, let's pull it back here for a second. PG-13 is the 'BANE OF CINEMA'? It takes 'all hope away for a great movie'? Seriously, that is SO knee-jerk reactionary that, I'm- not even sure what to say. What's the point of going into whether or not PG-13 is good or bad. I'd hope that most people would realize that it's very dependent on the source material, but you never know. Everyone of you will have your own opinion about it, and frankly, what I say won't make a difference. But how about just ONE example- ONE example of a movie, made with a PG-13 rating, that COULD have gone for an R easily, that is *almost* universally thought of as a masterpiece of cinema AND blockbuster film-making. "The Lord of the Rings" And hey- Technically, that's THREE movies. No? Jeez, you guys. The 'bane of cinema'? Wow.

  • March 22, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    No headshots needed if there's an army of em.

    by UltraTron

    Easy to flamethrow when they're gouped like that. And tomahawks and zombies don't mix. I'd say we'd quell a zombie army pretty fast considering they have no rights and represent a universal threat. Now an army of thing aliens would be seriously hard to illiminate

  • Paramount cant keep plodding along like this just because Viacoms TV division is doing so well. You'll end up on the assy end of MGM's money woes splitting the difference of your "profits" with the distribution end and alternate avenues of production(TV & ancillary revenue) of your company. At the end of the day its the theater industry thats still standing in the way. Attendance is down. You cant continually blame piracy on that. Wheres the Rango bootleg?(nowhere) Wheres the True Grit bootleg(nowhere)Hell, if you looked hard enough you might be able to find shitty "cam" versions of these films. Nothing that could justify the argument that piracy caused the drop in attendance. Lets look at the "hits" such as True Grit, Black Swan, The King Speech, and The Fighter. Now run down a comparison of the market share with the 'also rans ' like The Tourist, TRON, Chronicles of Narnia, Yogi Bear, Gulliver’s Travels, and Little Fockers. Basically were talking about a 23% to 25% decrease in attendance across the board.The theaters wont let go of this idea that "Super 8" MIGHT be the next Avatar and put em in the black. So they piss and moan to the studios that "it aint their fault" Its all a blame game where if you look between the lines at their own business models , they've tried nothing innovative for years. Hell , talk to shareholders you know. These motherfuckers have begun to tout 'gift card revenue' as an avenue of increasing profits... Whats their average annual operation margin? 4% ? 5?(being generous) Stop telling me I'm taking food out of the mouths of the concession stand kids and work on your business model fuckface One day the studios are going to look back on these years and realize they basically pissed away a bucket load of cash when they didnt JUMP all over digital distribution

  • March 22, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    This is all because of "Watchmen".

    by DiscoGodfather

    Major studio takes a chance on a $130M hard-R movie, puts a trailer on the year's highest-grossing movie, promotes the hell out of it, blows it up to IMAX, puts it on a still-record number of screens for an R movie, but ends up with $107M domestic. That's the last nine-figure hard-R movie we're going to see for a long time.

  • March 22, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Liked the book but...

    by Mgmax

    didn't seem like a movie to me. At least, it didn't seem like a movie a studio would want to make, if you at all followed the structure of many different stories and no central character-- not to mention the endless butchery that cleaning up at the end would be.

  • THINK HEAVY METAL or Fire & Ice or Wizards or American Pop Some of the performance could be captured in live action on cheap ass HD cameras and then traced over with traditional 2d animation, but don't stress on the trace work like A scanner Darkly did. Try to make it look animated like American Pop did. Simple CGI models to represent all the army stuff redrawn over in 2d. fucking get em cheap at turbo squid. Heavy Metal did it on a 9 million dollar budget in 1981. Do not do not do not cast names!!!! Don't toss the films budget up anymore than you need to. Hire overseas animators to do this. It will keep the budget low. This is the only way! It's instantly makes the film original and different and cool. It will be cheaper than trying to do it live action. It's brave and new, and it will do very well at the box office!!!!! Fuck live action. The budget will never work. We have tons of live action takes with this subject matter. Go Traditional 2d Animation!!!!! Strive to recreate the styles of Fire&Ice and Heavy Metal and American Pop and Wizards. Don't match the styles of A Scanner Darkly or Waking Life!

  • March 22, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    2d Cell Animated: Rated R, and 60 million or under budget

    by TheJudger

    Gonna cost 20-40 million to advertise. I would fight to stay at 40 million. This would fucking cost too much live action. Fucking studios will insist on Stars in the main roles to help sell it. Fuck all that madness!!!! Fuck it!

  • no one can.

  • March 22, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    2d Cell Animated: Rated R, and 60 million or under budget

    by TheJudger

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  • March 22, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    A Scanner Darkly budgest was $8,500,000

    by TheJudger

    Can you imagine what 31.5 million more could have changed! Don't you even dare try tell me this will not work!!! It will work! It will keep the fucking budget low enough to retain the scope. Defecting from CGI 3d FX will also keep the budget low. People have been dying for a Heavy Metal like film for ages. This screams for it. It's gritty and smart and creepy and animation can be scary as fuck. Watch the "Takin' A Ride" episode of Heavy Metal. Tell me you cant see this working.

  • March 22, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    dune too

    by DylanDenham

  • March 22, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    dune too,

    by DylanDenham

    it seems, though can't say that's the most surprising news

  • March 22, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    You know who you could hire "Todd Mcfarlane"

    by TheJudger

    His studio did the animation for Pearl Jams "Do the Evolution" music video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvqoF-uhQnQ And Korns "Freak On Leash" music video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C_PP5xQ0OU Todd Also did a Spawn animated series show on HBO. And a live action movie of Spawn. And the guy makes the coolest fucking toys. I know you guys want to merchandise this flick. He can do this shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now here's that Heavy Metal video "Takin A Ride" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWh4Ux_Vlq4 Come on! What are you waiting for!!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWh4Ux_Vlq4

  • March 22, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Opps Freak on a Leash link was a comp of Spawn animated

    by TheJudger

    clips from the HBO series. I still hope you watched it cause it's bad ass!!!! Todd has a brilliant animation style Here's the real Korn video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG7a2YbeDu4&feature=related

  • March 22, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    You do it this way and I promise you in 20 years time

    by TheJudger

    When someone announces a live action remake. Like what it being done for Akira. I promise you the fans will be up in arms about how fucked up it will be to make a live action version of this "World War Z- Animated Classic". I know this is the right fucking way to do this material and retain the epic scope and R rating it deserves. You tell me you watched Pearl Jams "Do the Evolution" music video, and you tell me that the image play didn't have any emotional effect on you, and I'm calling you a liar. Todd can do this!

  • March 22, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Could Someone Please Explain...

    by MakNeil

    when $125 or $150 million became lots of money for a feature film? Sure, I get the idea that you want your film to be profitable, but we're not talking about huge sums here. But when an average drama with a few 'name' stars can run you about $30-50 million or more, then I don't quite see what the complaining is about (though I do get the concept of having a 'name-brand' actor that appeals to a certain demographic that the bean counters would like to see en masse). Yet somehow films like Battleship managed to get financed (not to piss on Peter Burg's parade because he has made a few really entertaining films, but what little I have heard about the film sounds like derivative Transformers-like shite with everything but the Transformers thrown in) is beyond me.

  • March 22, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Well... there's always hope for 'Silent Hill: Revelation.'

    by Johnno

    AICN still hasn't said anything about this geek horror project despite all the good early word on how the production is coming along on the sequel. But I guess, who knows? There's still time for suits to fuck that one up like they did the first one.

  • March 22, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Shoot it R and cut it.

    by seabiscuits

    Then make a director's cut.

  • March 22, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    HBO... there is room for two zombie series on cable!!!

    by Andy Pandy

  • March 23, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST

    5 WORDS FOR BRAD PITT: EIGHT PART HBO MINI-SERIES

    by dasheight

    Dear Brad, Hi. Okay, check it out. First of all shut the fuck up and sit down. You cool? All right, awesome. Now, listen up. Go out and buy the "Band of Brothers" series on DVD. Watch it. Then go out and buy "The Pacific" on DVD. Watch it. Now - go back and read "World War Z". Now. Get yourself EIGHT GREAT DIRECTORS - just like Spielberg did with "The Pacific" and "Band of Brothers". Get a writer to write an EIGHT PART series out of the books, with the journalist's interviews as segueways into each episode, which would be one or two tales/interviews from the book. Maybe 30 minutes for one, 30 minutes for another - each episode being 60 minutes, with 2 stories in each. That's 16 stories you could tell from "World War Z". Hanks and Spielberg PROVED that you can make a GIANT scaled series on HBO, and have it be smart, literate, AND stunningly action-packed. HBO would JUMP at it, given the ratings of "The Walking Dead" - HBO would have it's biggest ratings for a series in YEARS. People would be PANTING for it. Got that? Okay, you can stand up now. Now - did you take all that in? Good. NOW GO FUCKING DO IT. You could SERIOUSLY make a work of fucking ART with this thing. You own the rights. It's up to you. If you fuck this up, you're an idiot. Signed, America.

  • March 23, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Just because it's "R" doesn't mean it won't suck

    by Gozu

    Marc Forster doesn't really have a great track record and he helped kill the Bond franchise one movie after it was revived. Last time I checked the screenplay is by J. Michael Straczinski, who has gone from the creator of "Babylon 5" to the hackjob who wrote the "Ninja Assassin" script in 24 hours and the shitty comic book writer who not only ruined Superman, but quit midway through and made some other writer continue his shitty storyline.

  • March 23, 2011, 1:38 a.m. CST

    HSX is going gangbusters for WWZ

    by hallmitchell

    Can't they tap into that pretend money somehow? Remember Paul Hogan raised money on the stock exchange years ago. Get FANBOY money!

  • March 23, 2011, 3:02 a.m. CST

    The problem is zombie movies have been traditionally low-budget affairs

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    Look at the box office tallies of zombie movies over the past several years -- even the high profile ones didn't make that much money. However, because the movies had low budgets, they managed to turn a profit. In recent history, the only "big budget" zombie movies that come to mind are Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead and George Romero's Land of the Dead, and neither cost much that make compared to that of other kinds of genres -- but they were still pretty expensive for the zombie genre. The fact is, the zombie genre, while it does have a strong and large cult following, has yet to suggest there is a market for a tentpole-level budgeted movie that would be able to make enough money to make such a budget a worthwhile risk.

  • It's all about keeping things low budget and relatively low key that has been the tradition, if you will, of the zombie movie genre. Big budget zombie movies wind up turning into junk like the Resident Evil series. Zombie movies look cheap because the genre was born from cheap, independent low-budget exploitive filmmaking. Also, there is the issue of the international market. For some reason, most non-Western audiences are not into zombies, and are actually freaked out (in a bad way) by the very idea. (I've heard the entire concept of reanimated corpses is bad karma for these cultures -- I don't know if this true, just putting it out for discussion here.)

  • March 23, 2011, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Its Americas ratings system thats fucked up

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    In Uk, Shaun of the Dead, DOTD remake, and others are cert 15. Some are even 12a, like the Kings Speech. You jump straight to NC17 then R. Have some faith in your kids. Find a rating around 12 and 15. In US, the Kings Speech is same same rating as a Saw movie, just because of the word fuck in it. Sort your ratings out! And maybe a bit of gore and swearing wont be so bad for business.

  • March 23, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Shaun has the word Cunt in it and is still a 15

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    From the land of Vegas, Westboro church, and the death penalty, you would think you would be up for some gore and swearing.

  • March 23, 2011, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Im working on a zombie film at the moment

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Its budget is somewhere about $4.5M, but half of that is post effects. Our film is so much smaller in scale than WWZ, and doesnt have the sweeping vistas and cast of thousands from WWZ. But, I just cant see how you need to get to $150M to do it. Surely $75M would get everything you need. Film budgets are crazy!!!!

  • March 23, 2011, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Col. tigh does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Good to see you Col, and good luck with the zombie flick. This world can never have too many zombie movies. Sounds to me like WORLD WAR Z the video game might be a better financial proposition than the movie. You can pretty much bet your house that a game based on it would make a tidy profit.

  • March 23, 2011, 4:28 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Also on the subject of budget I agree with those calling bullshit on the $125 million figure given. Snyder's 300 only cost $65 million and featured some very large scale sequences and fx work. Why would WORLD WAR Z need to be double that? (also 300 was R rated and took close to $500 million at the box office, which kinda shows the rating isnt a barrier to success).

  • March 23, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Maybe the real problem here is...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...that in the novel, the zombie plague starts in China, the Chinese government reacts badly to the zombie crisis, Chinese generals in the army revolt and end up nuking Beijing, China suffers the greatest losses from the zombie plague and related civil war and becomes almost completely depopulated. No way are the suits going to let that fly. Can't offend the people who own the world economy.

  • March 23, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    ultratron...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...Did you read the book? In the Battle of Yonkers, the Army used all it's big weapons and were defeated utterly. Problem was, they were up against a horde of millions of zombies that just kept coming. All explosives did was particulate the zombie bodies and fluids and make the zombie virus spread that much faster, making even MORE zombies.

  • March 23, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    I'm over hollywood.

    by Jack Burton

    Let middle America (the state of mind, not an actual geographic location) have their hollywood pabulum. The big studios have a few quality releases a year, other than that it's the small movies and foreign studios doing anything interesting. This obsession that everything has to be PG13 is just revolting. It's hamstringing artistic expression out of the gate. Between that and issues like changing the villains in Red Dawn so that the movie can be better sold overseas the "magic" of hollywood is truly gone. Thank God I'm an avid reader because I DO crave good fiction. There is just very little coming out of California I am at all interested in anymore. But the public will happilly line up for mediocrity and take what they get with a smile. I'm just not interested in standing in that particular breadline any more.

  • March 23, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    NO, Elizabeth Taylor is dead.

    by parissun

    Nothing else really matters today. She was really hot back in the old days.

  • March 23, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    This Project Was Always Better Off As A Limited Cable TV-Series

    by Graphix67

    As a cable series, you can have your blood and gore and due to the nature of the book itself, each chapter could be given full attention-to-detail and be a complete episode instead of trying to stuff the entire novel into a 2 hour 30 minute stand-alone movie.

  • March 23, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    RIP Liz!

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    Of course, I wasn't around when she was hot. Even as a little kid, she was sort of a dowdy woman in big sunglasses and a doo-rag who sort of reminded me of my mom's older sister and was always marrying a drunken Welsh actor or a US Senator. But her classic films were great, of course. However, I feel sort of bad for her that her last movie was...ahem... The Flintstones.

  • March 23, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    World War Z Blows

    by Jack Shepherd

    Seriously, has anyone out there read this book? It sucks. "Oral history" equals lazy, disjointed writing. Kirkman's Walking Dead comics are 10,000 times better than World War Z.

  • March 23, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    it begins, 10 years of shitty Scream movies is all we'll get

    by dcut75

    Congratulations

  • March 23, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    olsen twins_fan - Omega Man, I Am Legend != Zombies

    by thommcg

    They were vampires in the book. Vampires as you know, are PG-13 safe nowadays.

  • March 23, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    cobra--kai: WWZ videogame

    by lv_426

    I think that would be a great way to adapt it. It would work best as a FPS that jumps all over the globe to the different stories (kinda like the Call of Duty games jump to various military campaigns or battles within each game). As long as whoever developes the game stays true to each story and the limitations imposed upon the protagonist of each story in WWZ, it could be really great. The thing I would worry about is that it would just turn into a generic zombie FPS where the whole game only focused on the military aspects of WWZ because that would be the most obvious part that translates well to a shooter game.

  • I agree with everyone who's already mentioned this. You can't possible cram that book into a two or even three hour movie. It really needs a good 6-12 episodes.

  • March 23, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    While I like the idea of animating it

    by Turingtestee

    I would much prefer a live action pay-cable miniseries.