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WORLD WAR Z To Rise From The Grave?

Nordling here.

Last week it was reported that WORLD WAR Z was having difficulty finding financing.  Seems like quite a few big budget films are getting the second look these days; no one seems to want to go out on a limb for riskier projects.  Paramount was having trouble giving the greenlight to WORLD WAR Z, even though Marc Forster was attached to direct and with Brad Pitt set to star.

Well, according to Deadline, possibly three financiers are stepping in to negotiate for rights and funding, including David Ellison's Skydance Productions (TRUE GRIT, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, GHOST PROTOCOL).  I'm hopeful that money discussions are successful, and that we will see Max Brooks' book adapted for the big screen.  The common complaint is that there's too many zombie movies right now.  Personally, I can't get enough of them.  But if we're going to go big with the zombie apocalypse, we may as well go all the way, and I think Brooks' novel was a fascinating read, scary and full of ideas, and I still want to see it adapted.

Nordling, out.

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  • March 29, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    BEST zombie novel

    by hitchhiker42

    The section about the woman who landed in the jungle and was kept company by the woman on the radio was amazing.

  • March 29, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    ZOMG FIRST?!!!!!1!

    by hitchhiker42


  • March 29, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Goddamn it, FUCK yes.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Either do this movie right, or don't do it at all.

  • March 29, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    "Personally, I can't get enough of them."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Me, neither, sir. Me, neither.

  • March 29, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Pitts production company behind this too?

    by matt Shimon

    He should throw in some of his own coin for this flick. He would get it all back, and more. This needs to be made ASAP, before zombie movies start to go through their own zombie apocalypse.

  • March 29, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    cocknasty, you fuck, you made me look! Again!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Knock it off, ya crazy kook. LOL.

  • March 29, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by BeanGrud

    keep that shizzy coming! Zombies are way better than 90% of the drivel and rehash they keep hitting us with anyway!

  • March 29, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by BeanGrud

    doesn't feel so good, does it?

  • And so far, despite the need for a "splash zone" because of all the theatrical gore, no one has been injured yet. So suck it, Taymor!!!!!

  • March 29, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Wait Thirty Years

    by cookylamoo

    We'll be living in a real life Zombie movie as the world's poor fight us for food.

  • March 29, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    I want the Zombie Island movie

    by Jaster

    from the viral game trailer last month. I want that in all it's fucking hardcore R-rated gorrific, head-splashing, gut-munching goodness.

  • March 29, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    WWZ Isn't necessarily a zombie story...

    by ravenloff the traditional sense. Your average zombie flic concentrates on a particular group of survivors struggling against both the undead hordes and the complete collapse of that achingly thin veneer we usually call "civilization". WWZ is more about the collapse of society, the ebbs and flows of geopolitical reaction (seen through those that lived it), and how the international community puts itself back together. All told from a very personal perspective. This is a disaster story layer cake baked with a zombie glaze.

  • March 29, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I just hope they look better than the ones in I Am Legend.

    by Mandolorian

    They had some big mouths!

  • March 29, 2011, 4 p.m. CST


    by Rob


  • March 29, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    HBO Weekly Series

    by DangerDave

    I said it before....and I say it again. Anthology series...the only way to go!

  • March 29, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Re: "...a disaster story layer cake baked with a zombie glaze..."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    WAUUGHGUGUHAUUGHGHGH... *wipes drool off chin*

  • You need to re-read that story.

  • March 29, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    I'd like a story that takes place 100 years after the zombie apocalypse

    by rev_skarekroe

    Examining how human society has transformed. We'd be hunter/gatherers, but with tools formed from the old world. Religion in which bodily resurrection is a fact of life would be vastly different from what we've got now. Interesante.

  • March 29, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    YOU need to re-read that story...

    by eddie

    wasnt a was a swamp.

  • March 29, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    This can NEVER be a movie, NEVER

    by SadTruth

    OK, anyone who thinks this can be a movie, did you actually read the book? Hell, did you listen to the (abridged) audio book? Even a LOTR treatment wouldn't begin to cover it. This is what needs to happen: Forget Walking Lazy Writing Dead ever existed. Create a mini-series that is far from mini, more like 2-3 full seasons. Every episode is a chapter from the book. Or, let HBO do it a la The Pacific/Band of Brothers. But a 90 minute movie? Really? I think you would have to be exceedingly retarded to ever think that would be a remotely good idea. Willfully retarded, that is.

  • March 29, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    "wasnt a was a swamp. "

    by ravenloff

  • March 29, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    You need to pay attention, thunder666

    by ravenloff

  • March 29, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST attention to what?

    by eddie

    it took place outside of baton rouge....she ended up on the jungles in baton rouge...or interstates in the jungle.

  • March 29, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    WWZ is nice but...

    by Michael

    I would rather see David Wellington's Monster Planet become a movie. Or a Trilogy, for that matter.

  • March 29, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    aaah ravenloff i see now...

    by eddie

    i cited to the wrong post cuz i didnt have all the comments expanded to see where it came from. new at this site's talkback....sorry....ill do better next time.

  • March 29, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by ravenloff

  • March 29, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    as i am new here...

    by eddie

    to posting, but not to the site, internet, or there a way i can have comments expanded (automatically) EVERY time i come to the site? cuz, if the subject line looks boring, i dont expand the entry. i know before the site was hit with the hacker long-guns thats how it was...with no expansion necessary, i mean.

  • This is obviously what the pomotional material is going to look like...

  • Due to the current events in Japan and in the Middle East I think the subject of 2012 is of great importance RIGHT NOW. There is a great change occurring RIGHT NOW. And for those who understand and are at peace with the changes that are occurring and are to occur will find this shift miraculous beyond description. But for those who decide to ignore their inner calling and go about life as if nothing miraculous is transpiring right here and now, then all I can say to them is hold on because it's about to get uncomfortable. VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. It's not very hard to notice these changes if you just sit back and observe for just one minute. Everything unlike the nature of God, Christ, Spirit, higher self, CHOPPAH whatever term you have come to accept as the universal principle, (I personally like CHOPPAH Consciousness so that is what I'll use here), anything unlike the nature of the CHOPPAH Consciousness will no longer manifest or pretend to exist. The illusions of the ego, the non-CHOPPAH ego, are coming to a end ... FAST. This is why you are seeing the collapse of governments and financial systems, and dramatic shifts in weather systems. The only thing that is going to survive in this new age are systems that are based on CHOPPING and serving the growth of CHOP. You DO NOT have another decade to decide. NOW IS THE TIME! The ACHOPPAHlypse approacheth!

  • March 29, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    The jungle/swamp you guys are talking about

    by maxjohnson1971

    is the Atchafalaya Spillway between Baton Rouge and Lafayette. The highway that runs through it is really a 17 or 18 mile bridge. You are surrounded on both sides by a huge swamp. I've been in it, but damn, I'd hate to get stuck in that bitch. I remember that story as one of the standouts in the book as well.

  • March 29, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Why this should be made...but if a theatrical film...

    by atan0669

    As a long-time zombie fan, I have nothing but admiration for Mr. Brooks and his published zombie thought experiments. World War Z was written in the same approach as Studs Terkel's "The Good War". I feel a Ken Burns approach would almost work better than a traditionally plotted film- Video, photos, interviews and a narrative could capture the personal level of the novel which I think is its most effective achievement.

  • March 29, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Another "tool" of Donald Trump

    by TheNipplesofGodReturns

    Batman...... The story of a boy whose mother and father were shot point blank right in front of him... The story of a man seeking vengeance.......Oh sorry "JUSTICE" For this horrific act . The story of a man who get's so emotionally fucked up! That the only way to seek "justice" is to become a creature of the night, A symbol that will inspire fear into the criminals! The story of A Man that has all the money he will ever need to become this symbol and fight crime! A story of a man who can fall 20 stories and not sustain a bruise, The story of a man who Can solve any crime, The story of a man that can leap 30 feet into the air and take Down anyone!! Let's be real here people... If a billionaire Tried this in real life he would Be street pizza or in jail by the end of day one! Just another tool of Donald trump To inspire False hope and dreams upon you. IT MAKES ME SICK Donald Trump is the Antichrist.... there is no denying it.. but, do you know he has many people helping him?? "The ELITE " leaders, most of them from Hollywood Help Donald Trump To inspire False hopes and dreams to all the people of the world... But there is one "ELITE" leader that is the right hand man to Donald Trump.. He is a man that has inspired you with some of the most compelling stories of False Hope and Dreams ever to be created, He is one of the riches men in Hollywood, He Has raped you're childhood, He was not lying when he told his stories of doom to Seth Rogan!! That is right!!!! George Lucas!! (Not the Antichrist as some have predicted, but his right hand man) George Lucas has made billions off his Star Wars trilogy ( he made money on the prequels but they were created to piss you off for Donald and George's Amusement... It's a long scary story) He continues to make money off you with rerealases in 3D, The complete VHS box sets, the DVD release, the special DVD release, The DVD Box set, The complete DVD box set including bonus discs, The complete Blue ray Box sets ex........ All for the sinister purpose of him enjoying the last couple years on this earth before the day 12,22,12 when the the greatest disaster mankind has ever witnessed comes to pass brought on by Donald Trump! Lucas has ensured his seat in the underground strong hold the "ELITE" have built to survive the day 12,22,12... But like all who follow Trump he too will be deceived, for after the cataclysmic event when every thing has calmed down and the "ELITE " think there safe Trump will release his greatest sin on humanity! A army of Gary Busey clones that will destroy what is left.. The fact that Gary Busey mad it through the first episode of Celebrity Apprentice should tell you what I speak is true!! Be prepared for 12,22,12!! the day when Batman nor the FORCE..... Will be able to protect you. YOU WERE WARNED

  • March 29, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Re-Animator the musical

    by SonnyBonoWigDo

    a very dear friend of mine (Jesse Merlin) is playing Dr. Hill in that production. i would love to see the show, but am unfortunately stuck in New Jersey and cannot make it there. everything i've seen of it looks hilarious and you really can't go wrong with a zombified George Wendt.

  • March 29, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Sorry, Meant Monster Island... the 1st in the Trilogy

    by Michael

  • March 29, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    sonnybonowigdo: George Wendt is in R-A:TM?!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I must find a way to see that. Thanks for the heads-up. (As in "heads up Barbara Crampton's spread legs!!!!!!!!!")

  • March 29, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    The book was not very good

    by Rupee88

    I made it through half of it and bailed and shouldn't have even stuck with it that long....not horrible but just not remarkable or especially original or well done in the least.

  • March 29, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    cannot faithfully adapt this book *spoilers*

    by chiefpapa

    Absolutely, no f#@! way. You already have epic sequences like the Battle of Yonkers, the Raj square (where they're continuously shooting at hordes and hordes AND hordes of zombies day and night). You also have the mountain/dynamite sequence when we are first introduced to General Raj. And of course, the submarine "cat and mouse" story. My favorite? The blind swordsman from Japan and his protege. Best.story.ever. :) How the hell can you cover all that? Seriously. This should have been made into an HBO miniseries or something.

  • If they let the director shoot it as an R-rated film, then butcher it to PG-13 for theatrical release... at least the movie could possibly be cool on home video. If they shoot it as a PG-13 movie, trim a few seconds here and there for the theaters, then release an "UNRATED, SUPER-DUPER AWESOME DIRECTOR'S CUT --- TOO VIOLENT FOR THEATERS!!!" DVD/BD... then someone will need to be murdered, for reals-yo.

  • March 29, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Waltz with Bashir is on uk tv right now..

    by Liam Brazier

    ..I've always thought the tone, politics, the talking heads, flashbacks, and in a lot of ways the imagery (bodies rising from the water for example) isn't far off a World War Z movie - I'd even watch one in that animated style too.

  • March 29, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST


    by Frank Conniff

    i agree thAt a SerIal treatMent wOuld be a Very good idea.

  • March 29, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    never read it, got the audio book

    by JAMF

    and that is really good. i think its abridged though so i may read the book at some point.

  • March 29, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Zionist proper-propagander...

    by AllThosePowers

    ...this is typical of Wikipedia to promote zionist lies that are, one, racist; and two, a nefarious attempt to debilitate real history and an outright insult to intelligent, free-thinking open minded people. Wikipedia is pro-zionist which is why they are promoting World War Z. The intention is to make people like me say things like what I'm saying. But they miss the point, I know what they're up to and the proof is in Wikipedia's entries; just type in 'jewish' and look at the quality and quantity of information; the same can be said of 'Judaism' the entries are in abundance. Now type in 'Christian, 'Muslim' or 'Hindu' or 'Islam' See how information is very scarce? This is in spite of the fact that Judaism isn't even in the top 5 of world religions. World War Z is a book written by and for Zionist. Wikipedia is a fucking joke, and i for one, will not be using that site. They are not impartial!! Fuck 'em! Fuck 'em all!! btw I'm not jewish, muslim or christian, just a human.

  • March 29, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    oh yeah @thunder666

    by JAMF

    get aicn extra stuff for greasemonkey. just google it. it does autoexpand among other things.

  • March 29, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    I hope this happens!

    by DirkD13"

    I'd also like to give a shout out to James Herberts '48. Not a zombie story (close though) but it would make an awesome film.

  • March 29, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by GrndlWnderer

    Okay, I'll bite. But you are an Anti-Semite and I am not a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu or republican. Why the list? Because they are all people who believe in things that do not exist or believe in things without any concrete evidence (by the way,this list is certainly not exclusive, and I could add many more groups and political entities ranging at other ends of the political and theological spectrum) I hope I offended you, allthosepowers. Because you were clearly hoping to offend others. Please don't play the "What me, no I didn't mean that" card, that is the kind of stupid stuff my 8 year old does when he gets caught trying to say things to poke at people. I call him on it every time, and I call you on it now. This is a talk back about a Zombie movie based on a book written by a person who wrote some stuff about Zombies that is supposed to be pretty good. He is Jewish and the son of someone I think pretty damn funny. Where the Wiki came into this and how, I have no idea, other than you are a trolling racist prick who has to scream obscenities from a borrowed soapbox, I don't see how your point pertains to the conversation being had. You didn't even try to somehow tie it in to the conversation at hand, well...something weak about the Wiki supporting the movie ( huh?) I even Googled and Binged (Bunged?) it to try and find references to how the Wiki, a cash strapped pseudo-encyclopedia is supporting the Zionist intent of a Zombie story being made into a movie. I couldn't even find anything from any of the usual hate groups linking these together. Then I thought, wow, he is trying to be funny...and then sadly realized you aren't funny, not even the least bit, and then realized, with even more sadness that you are serious...but that realization made me feel better, because then I comprehended you really were just a stupid, cousin lovin' moron. And nothing is more fun to watch than a anti-educated moron preaching about stuff he ( or she) hasn't the will to actually learn about. It's not that you are dumb ( dumbness is a genetic or physical handicap), your are stupid and ignorant, and most likely willfully and pridefully so. I mean come on, there are so many more interesting and possibly provable Zionist conspiracy theories out there you could be yelling about. Heck, the "protocols of elder Zion" is all over the net and you could have put that into the talk back and make as much sense as your the "Wiki supports the Zioinst intent of this Zombie movie". So in the end, you are possibly a racist prick, most likely just a troll and certainly not funny. So I make the following recommendations. 1) If your are a racist prick: Get a better conspiracy theory. Seriously, if this is your boat, its leaking pretty badly and going down fast...don't think your going anywhere with this one. 2)If you were trying to be an agi-prop comedian. Seriously dude, this boat is pretty damn leaky, and you most certainly are not getting very far with this one. 3) If you were just trolling Seriously dude, this is the best you could do, really...the boat is sunk man, get a life vest and swim home.... I had a great time insulting you, really I did, I mean I know it won't phase you in the slightest, and that depending on which of the three groups that you really belong to ( though I doubt anyone who is good at any of these groups would claim you as part of them, your attempt was so lame) you will consider me a Zionist dupe, a kill joy, or perhaps just old. All I ask is that in your inevitable, and most likely pathetic response, please take a moment, edit it, refine your thoughts a bit, choose your words with some care, so that they may have weight other than profanities flung out by a teenager or more appropriately, like a monkey flings pooh, willy-nilly. And most importantly please, please come back with better material. This stuff was hardly worth my comment, and I really want to have better stuff to retort to. with love,or at least contempt, Grundelwanderer

  • March 29, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    I am with Nordling...I can't get enough zombie flicks either!

    by Judge Briggs

  • March 29, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    @allthosepowers: I think anyone can edit wikipedia.

    by Frank Conniff

    In fact, I think that is the fundamental basis for the existence of wikipedia. So you really can’t complain if it is biased because of that. If there are more entries on topics relating to Judaism it is probably because culturally, jewish people tend to be more studious and to value education, and people with those characteristics are more likely to be writing wikipedia entries than the average Christian, who is probably too busy watching Glenn Beck or something.

  • March 29, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST



    Fuckin' amateur. CHOPPED.

  • March 29, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    tv.s_frank: ASIMOV?


  • March 29, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    geektard_smasher, i agree.

    by Frank Conniff

    Jewish girls are the best. And there are still some hot hebraic chicks working in porn these days. I think Whitney Stevens is pretty smoking (real last name Hoffman), for example. Her sister is also in the biz.

  • March 29, 2011, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by Frank Conniff

    I have a hypothesis. Could be way off.

  • March 29, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    yeah they have done movies together ramirez

    by Frank Conniff

    They don’t really interact directly though, if you know what I mean. I think there may be some rules that prevent it. At least on Shabbos.

  • there are a couple. "the fence mender" is one.

  • March 29, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST



    I'm interested in reading this hypothesis ...

  • March 29, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Holy shit, ghyjjfgthyh! Get a hold of yourself!


    There are children around!

  • March 29, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Holy cow, I agree with nerdling.

    by Chest_Rockwell

    If you are going to do a zombie movie, go big and do WWZ. I also loved Max's book. I liked the whole disintegration of society thing. That is what truly scares me. The scariest part of Stephen King's The Stand was those few chapters where it just recounted the myriad of ways that society disintegrated and those people died because of that alone, like the kid who broke his arm or something and died of gangrene, or the guy who snorted the 100% pure coke, or the scene in the tv studio, etc. That stuff is always infinitely more scary than zombies. Plus, I wanna see them film Bill Maher fucking Ann Coulter up the ass. That'd be hilarious, if it wasn't actually gay porn.

  • March 29, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    I hypothesize that ghyjjfgthyh is actually assymuffjizz

    by Frank Conniff

    Actually, I was looking over the JJ Abrams tsunami thread and I noticed that dangerdave had been posting a lot on the topic of AsimovLives, then he went silent and a while later assymuffjizz shows up. Just struck me as odd since dangerdave seemed to have been keenly anticipating the arrival of Asimov in a JJ Abrams thread, but never posted again after the doppelganger showed up. I was trying to see if dave would give me some sort of response to my secret coded message.

  • March 29, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Whitney may have been born in Panama

    by Frank Conniff

    but I think she grew up in LA. Also, Britney is her half sister. Fun facts.

  • March 29, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Wise fwom yo gwave

    by Movies4dummies

  • March 29, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    This needs to be an adult oriented big miniseries for cable

    by lv_426

    By adult, I don't mean porn but R-rated and not at all pandering to the PG-13 crowd. Some things just aren't meant to be sanitized for the masses. Get AMC, HBO, Showtime, or FX to air a 13-16 episode World War Z miniseries. As long as they stick to the book, it will be legendary among both zombie media and television in general.

  • March 29, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    How can WWZ be a film?

    by Jeffrey

    It leans towards the HBO or such series, unless you make it a 4 hour movie with heavy narrative you cannot do it justice. It's a big idea.

  • March 29, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    What this should be is 24 30 minute episodes.

    by AdamDiran

    If you've never read it World War Z was made up of 20+ short "war stories" loosely tied together to tell the narrative. Thats the way this should be made.

  • March 29, 2011, 10 p.m. CST

    World War Z is set 10 years after

    by AdamDiran

    And the world has changed. I like the bit about having to get a blood test as part of airport security.....

  • March 29, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Disney just axed a similar Kosinski flick ...

    by justmyluck

    ... OBLIVION. I guess, "From the director of TRON: LEGACY" isn't quite the marketing pitch.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    You fucktards are dumber than fat fucking black retarded girls on a seesaw with a midget.

    by Spielbergs Furious Racism

    To every moron that keeps saying "HOW CAN THEY PUT IN ALL THESE DIFFERENT BATTLES INTO A MOVIE" I ask you, HAVE YOU EVER EVEN SEEN A FUCKING MOVIE BEFORE? Forgetting any and all opinions and possible merits of the films just because they are literally the first examples that spring to mind, consider the following films: 300: Where *multiple* giant battles are shown in the span a couple of minutes, the events briefly narrated with a money shot or two(the battle with the rhino, the battle with the elephants, etc). Kingdom of Heaven DC: The "final stand" of the big huge battle. The wall collapses, a bunch of people rush to eachother, and we get 10 seconds of close up swordplay as the day turns to night and the battle is over. Entire length of scene: less than 2 minutes. Fight Club: Consider the amount of asides that occur in this film cutting in an out with narration. How many miniature stories do we get in this film? Quite a fucking few. The Usual Suspects: This movie is an oral history! It's a story being told *through an interview*! It jumps around, has a bunch of set pieces, and covers a lot more ground than a linear story because it has the advantage of cutting back to the people telling the story and summing up days, weeks, or months of time with a single sentence and then laughing about it. I could go on all day, but the point is- just because half the chapters in the book are about someone *talking* about a city being overrun or something, doesn't mean each and every chapter has to be some 40 minute fucking siege. This book is an *oral history* and that's important to remember, especially considering that the movie is clearly being put together the same way- the interviewer is a character you morons. We'll get 3 or 4 main interview subjects with their stories taking up the bulk of the set pieces, along with quite a few other people intersperced throughout the film, giving us miniature vignettes that take up a minute or two here and there. And the interviewer will become a character unto himself, and learn some great truth or come on a vast journey or have some big reveal or action to do in the final act.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    The scene at the boatyard

    by Bryan Hill

    Still lurks in my nightmares.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST


    by chiefpapa

    Have a feeling he's most likely will be cast as the US soldier (Wainro?) since he's part of the epic battles that take place in the book.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    The audio book is 6 hours long

    by TheJudger

    Just saying

  • March 30, 2011, midnight CST


    by chiefpapa

    Seriously? Are you for real? No offense dude, but I don't think you read the book. As for the movies you listed, dude, all those movies are contained within One.Fucking.Location. You're dealing with a book that's encompassing pretty much every country's reaction and how they dealt with the zombie outbreak. "I could go on all day, but the point is- just because half the chapters in the book are about someone *talking* about a city being overrun or something, doesn't mean each and every chapter has to be some 40 minute fucking siege." True, but it sure as fuck will not be a few minutes long. For most of the countries (Japan, US, China, India, etc) that dealt with it, you can almost make an entire movie out of each of those countries. Again, read the book. "This book is an *oral history* and that's important to remember, especially considering that the movie is clearly being put together the same way- the interviewer is a character you morons. We'll get 3 or 4 main interview subjects with their stories taking up the bulk of the set pieces, along with quite a few other people intersperced throughout the film, giving us miniature vignettes that take up a minute or two here and there. And the interviewer will become a character unto himself, and learn some great truth or come on a vast journey or have some big reveal or action to do in the final act." Again, if you read the book, its NOT POSSIBLE to have ONLY have 3 or 4 main interview subjects and have the remaining be "interspersed." You know what. Fuck it. Hollywood will shit all over this.

  • March 30, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Ss long as it's not in documentary style

    by Happyfat73

    I think the narrative framing device for this thing would need to revolve around the story of the narrator/journalist, travelling around conducting his interviews with the survivors, with flashbacks for each individual tale.</p> Obviously, some would need to be excised and abbreviated. But I think it could definitely work as a film.</p> Also, my favourite section was the Japanese bit with the blind guy and his protege.

  • March 30, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    rupee88, I beg to differ...

    by kisskissbangbang

    ...I was fucking sick of zombies, and told one of my friends I never wanted to see or read anything about zombies ever again (at least Romeroan zombies; I'd find something about traditional Haitian zombies strangely refreshing at this point). My friend, someone whose taste I trust totally (and there's damn few people I can say that about), told me, "Don't say that before you've read World War Z", and proceeded to describe the set-up to me. I allowed it sounded a little different from the usual garbage. He kept praising it till I agreed to take his copy home. Fucker was right; it's the finest thing ever written about zombies. Period. (Or perhaps, Exclamation point!) I came crawling back the next day, having done nothing in the interim but read the sucker, admitted he was right, and thanked him vociferously. I still don't want to read another book about zombies; but I'm glad I made an exception for this one. If anyone else feels the same way, I urge them to do the same. That said, I don't see any way to do justice to it as a film. A miniseries would be the only way. A large part of what makes the book so great is its scope, and that's what even a three-hour film could never capture. (Though perhaps a trilogy of pseudodocumentaries could. It'd be like making a Studs Terkel oral history into a set of films, but in rough chronological order a la Ken Burns and with the interviewees's stories reenacted. I can't remember anything quite like that, so maybe it'd be worth doing for that reason alone; but only if you could find someone talented enough, and up to the challenge.Good luck.)

  • March 30, 2011, 2:32 a.m. CST

    AICN commenters not big readers

    by mossad77

    Hardly a shock to the system to find that so many of you are going down on this book. Badly written, unoriginal 'novel' where every character sounds the same. Oral histories from all those folks, and they all have the *same* voice...the writer. Spare me.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:52 a.m. CST

    OFF TOPIC. I can't wait for a PROMETHEUS thread. Check this out...

    by Darth_Kong If HYPOTHETICALLY Prometheus has Battle Suits I wonder if this CHAP's designing it? I don't know but it would be cool though.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:14 a.m. CST


    by AllThosePowers

    It’s time somebody woke you up and shook you up!! Accusing me of being an Anti-Semite is actually slander and tantamount to libel. Please provide me with your home address so I may issue you with a writ and summon you to court for defamation. Are you brave enough? Doubtless you aren't, so perhaps I ought to pursue you through a proxy, this website maybe, and make subject Harry to being vicariously liable as he ought to be regulating and overseeing unholy and sinister diatribe like yours. I never attack fellow talkbackers here, only Hollywood, but for you I'm going to make an exception. For your information I'm of no religion of cast, but from a civilisation of people going back further than several millennia, meaning you aren't even old enough to communicate with someone like me. Please don't encourage me to kill you with my words, because I will if I have to; my words will kill you so hard, they'll murder your ancestors before they've even thought about conceiving your forefathers. And do not attempt any further pathetic, cliché-ridden analogies to metaphorically explain your point and pre-empt my reasoning. Makes you appear like the Titanic you describe; hole-ridden and sinking fast until it’s dead in the water at last. Furthermore, I have lived and worked in the occupied land, that thing you call Israel has wiped Palestine from the world map. Not a single atlas exists today that depicts Palestine as an official country. Read some books, get an education, I suggest Norman Finklestein, Shlomo Sands, Naom Chomsky. These individuals are world authorities on Zionism and guess what, they're all Jewish. So save your ridiculous accusations for elsewhere and do not bore me with conspiracy theories, grow up. I gather from your response that you are someone from the 19th century, unlike the rest of us in the world who speak the truth from the 21st. Indeed, perhaps it is that eight year old kid of your’s who has responded, and not you at all. In which case it’s past your bedtime, go ask mummy for milk and cookies and slip into your pyjamas. Should I be wrong about this and it is actually an adult who replied to my post, then please, I urge you not to respond and attack me any further, as I do not like to wish your newborn baby was anally raped the moment it slipped out of its mother’s womb (saw that in a film recently) and later when it turns nine years old it will be repeatedly gang raped by a pack of paedos in every orifice before being killed. See what I mean, it’s not nice to be attacked personally is it? Hope you’ve learnt your lesson. You lack less than even the simplest shreds of truth about world affairs and mentioning the laughable ‘protocols of zion’ which many a Nazi claim to follow, adds credence this. You also have little understanding about how media functions and what serves the mechanics behind sites like wikipedia, just as many of us do. But still you seem to believe you know more; highly unlikely. But ultimately, you don’t possess a single iota of evidence about my background and reasoning and still you attack me personally. I can promise you one thing little man. I have buried many people like you with the power of words and reasoning, perhaps you like a fist full of faeces being thrown at you from all directions, certainly the prepositions of the English language allow this to happen. Either way, my stomach contents can not possibly meet the demands you place on me, as I only defecate twice a day. And given that I shall require an indefinite supply of stool. I shan’t be replying anymore to your Nazi coated comments. Now FUCK OFF!!

  • March 30, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST

    There's too many zombie movies.

    by UltimaRex

    They're getting old and tired. Stop making them. See? I can do it too. LEAVE CBM'S ALONE.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    re: allthosepowers

    by Quackfu

    Please, for the sake of your neighbors, your post office co-workers, and other innocent by-standers, resume your medication immediately, if not sooner.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    the mini series idea has won me over.

    by fireclown

    I had been thinking in terms of a trilogy. Three movies with "tentpole" stories like Yonkers or The Reddiker Plan being supported with smaller stories like the hippies in the castle or the whole thing with trash repurposing. But I'm liking the miniseries thing. So long as whatever happens is hard R. When the decimations start, or when people figure out the Reddiker plan, I wanna feel it.

  • March 30, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    The mini series idea has got me also

    by OSAMP1

    10 to 15 episode series on HBO. I would renew my subscription for that.

  • March 30, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    allthepower, you're such a winner = )

    by bowdini

    I'm not calling you an anti-semite, I'm calling you an idiot. Oh and for you to have a case for slander, there needs to be an attack on your character, and well seeing as you're currently signed in as allthepower, which, hmmmm, don't think that's your name, and unless allthepower is your company name, the only defemation going on is for your handle. Pretty sure no judge is gonna give a shit.....but I'm sure you put the fear into old mr. Grendelwolf. And yes, yes you do belong to an order tracing its roots millenia. There's a long proud history of douches, many quite as bigotted as you sir. Anywho all stuff aside, I loved you as the Road Warrior. That movie rocked!

  • March 30, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    One more damn time....

    by Marshal_Lannes

    Putting WWZ out as a 12 episode cable series is pure gold. Apply the funding and expertise of Band of Brothers, Rome, Game of Thrones, etc. and it would be a ratings bonanza. Putting it out as a 2 hour movie and it will be a pale shadow of what could have been.

  • This is worth a shot.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    WWZ would work best as an HBO or Showtime miniseries

    by v3d

    It's been said before and you know it's true. Even a three hour movie couldn't come close to covering the material in the book. I remember a while back someone suggested it be framed as a Ken Burns style documentary. It would be nice to see something new in the Zombie genre.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    : Funny, my friends and I thought the same thing

    by Playkins

    The book is so narrative-driven it seems like the most compelling way to do it.

  • March 30, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    fireclown: that is a brilliant idea too

    by lv_426

    "I had been thinking in terms of a trilogy. Three movies with "tentpole" stories like Yonkers or The Reddiker Plan being supported with smaller stories like the hippies in the castle or the whole thing with trash repurposing." I am certainly a fan of an HBO miniseries take on the material, but if they did a hard R-rated trilogy like you suggested, that would also have potential to do WWZ justice on the big screen. A single two-hour movie trying to cram everything in will just cause way too much awesome stuff to be cut and will thin out the impact that the novel has because of its scale and the sheer amount of different viewpoints in it. If they did a trilogy, then they could also release extended versions of each movie like Peter Jackson did with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. That way, with extended cuts being let's say 3 hours a piece, we'd get a nine hour WWZ movie. I could live with that. The audio book is about 6 hours long. That would give them 2-3 more hours worth to play with and add in all the stuff that the audio version had to cut out.

  • March 30, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    I agree. In recent years we've had only a few really good to great zombie movies. Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Dawn of the Dead remake. Land of the Dead was okay, and Diary sucked balls. I Am Legend was good, but not really zombies in the traditional sense. Everything else has been low budget zombie flicks and not very good or memorable ones at that. The Walking Dead on TV is good, but it is the only example of a zombie TV show that I know of. We've been blessed with a few good zombie video games like Left 4 Dead and Dead Rising. Resident Evil 5 was a disappointment. Dead Space, I guess you could call it a zombie/sci-fi game, but the creatures in that are more like mutants than zombies. To me, besides maybe the 28 Days/Weeks movies, the best new zombie stuff of the past decade has been the zombie fiction like World War Z, Day by Day Armageddon, and the Walking Dead comic books.

  • March 30, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Re: quackfu

    by AllThosePowers

    Mate, I would certainly love to resume taking my medication, immediately if not sooner, only one problem...'ve finished the lot

  • March 30, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Re: bowdini...

    by AllThosePowers can FUCK right OFF!! if you're gonna accuse me of bigotry please provide your evidence, don't just say shit that makes you sound like a dumb yank, you're ambassador for your fellow country men dickhead, fortunately I refuse to believe every American is a nippleless-tit like you. You stinking bag of puss! From what you've written I can tell you right now that people begin to yawn every time you speak, it's true, look closely at the mouths of those whom you talk with; almost certainly they're clenching down hard on their jaws in order to appear polite. Don't make me say the world will be a better place if you go kill yourself.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    HBO mini-series is the only way to go, here, IMHO

    by dasheight

    8-parts on the scale of "Band of Brothers" or "The Pacific". I just can't believe they aren't going this way - the episodic structure of the book CRIES OUT for it. And unless they get a visionary director (imagine David Fincher directing an epic zombie film...I'd love to see that...), it's going to be very hard to get this right. They really have a chance to get it perfect if they go the route of a "Band of Brothers" mini-series. A classic of television like nobody's ever seen before. "The Pacific" showed the scale that can be achievable, and it could be breathtaking. A 2 hour movie CANNOT POSSIBLY encompass that book.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    OR...a hard-R movie trilogy - yeah, fireclown, that would work...

    by dasheight

    ...but I still say the HBO mini-series is the staring-them-in-the-face-if-they-don't-do-it-they're-idiots way to go.

  • March 31, 2011, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Monster Island please

    by musically_endowed

    Monster Island would be way better for a movie. WWZ would be better on tv but it might seem like copycat to some people. They also need to make 13 Bullets into a movie.

  • March 31, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Ava Rose

    by Monolith_Jones

    Just trying to steer this back to porn

  • March 31, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    i just brought this book because of you, AICN.

    by papalovedoug

    I'm easily influenced.

  • March 31, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    The man under the tree with the Claymore...

    by Grendy

    ...that bit, telling how the Queen would not leave Windsor Castle (as her father had not fled the Germans during the bombing of London) during the attacks was moving to me. All the parts concerning The Battle of Yonkers need to be done to the best of everyone's ability because it's an integral part of showing the ineptness of the US Army (and Co.) and then the resilience of same. Get Larry Fong or Spielberg's usual DP to shoot it, those guys know their way around action. I've read this book three times in the last few years, and it's one of my modern favorites.

  • March 31, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    allthosepowers part duex

    by GrndlWnderer

    Dearest Allthoseposers, I do apologize for not responding to your eloquent prose sooner, as my real life took precedence and I was unable to use my computer yesterday. First some definitions. And while these are not hard and fast, as modern media has made the traditional separation of these harder to break up: Slander: damages received from spoken and recorded speech that has caused monetary or grievous damage to reputation. Libel: written and printed misrepresentation or malicious twisting of facts that result in financial damages. So slander, more or less is right out. As this medium is considered written journalism, its libel you need to accuse me of. As there is no monetary compensation for your writing here, I have done you no damage. Now here is where things get tricky, were my statements an unreasonable response to yours and damaging to your character. Thanks to such decisions as New York Times Vs Sullivan (1964), probably not. As your statements were clearly inflammatory and aimed at agitation (and I need only point to various, unrelated entities who universally responded in kind to you post), my counter-point was not an undue or unreasonable response to your points of view. Furthermore and more importantly, we are participating in a forum where satire and outrageous statements are the norm for the medium and as such, my statements would be considered fairly benign and not without merit. Also, as I clearly was applying satirical values to my writing, I am also protected by the general allowance that is given to that type of writing (i.e. satirical or farcical statements). So I doubt you could muster much of a case. Now, there are some statements that do cross into areas of litigation, in fact, they cross into the realm of felony offense. And, as probably will come as no surprise, you made those statements. Remember, I did ask you (though I did not expect you to actually do it) to take a moment and edit your thoughts. Not doing such could hold serious repercussion for you, in terms of fines and possible imprisonment. No joke, dude, the slammer, to quote "Office Space”; "Federal-pound-me-in-the-***-prison"! But more on that later. Thanks to your insistence on bringing forth your anti-Israeli ideology which has nothing to do with a discussion about a Zombie movie written by a guy who happens to be Jewish who is the son of someone I think pretty damn funny, I have made (as has others ) the inference that you are an Anti-Semite (or perhaps more specifically) and Anti-Israeli. Which is historically (though perhaps not quite accurately) tantamount to the same thing. You once again go off on some tangent ( and in a forum discussing the merits of a Zombie movie written by a guy who is Jewish who happens to be the son of someone who I think is pretty damn funny) about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict which has no bearing in this talk back. This is an unreasonable response, thus your motivations are not pure, in fact, they are clearly motivated by something more than education, these are rants. I am going to be completely serious for a bit…. And for the record, whilst I have no issues with the Jewish faith, other than it’s of reliance upon mythical beings without a shred of evidence. I do have great misgivings about the state of Israel and it treatment of the Palestinian population. But that is a whole lot of complicated stuff there, and as I have pointed out, this is not the forum for that discussion. But it is safe to say; neither party is at all guilt free in the history of the conflict, all parties involved have committed grievous acts of inhumanity upon each other. Neither the various groups that make up the Palestinian position, nor the Israelis have any moral ground to stand upon. Whether it be hiding out in a daycare shooting missiles at a building full of toddlers or a jet dropping a bunker buster bomb on a clinic because there are reports of a squad of men shooting missiles at a daycare. It is all dirty and awful. And I personally see no end in sight for it. And I certainly have no answers or solutions to offer...I wish I did. And that is the last completely serious thing I am going to say here. The Titanic…it honestly never crossed my mind…I was actually making an analogy to a sinking boat…in fact I had a particular type of boat in mind….a dingy. A small craft of low quality and not particularly sturdy or hardy, an inferior craft…to go with your inferior point of view….that was the metaphor, by the way. But I so could have run away with it if I had just thought of using the Titanic….oh well, missed opportunities abound. Oh and to help you a little, the slang you were attempting to use is pedo as in pedophile, it is not paedophile. At least not in American English parlance, though it may be in British English…um, interesting tid bit there…is English your second language..did you learn it in Britain, or from a British instructor? I haven’t the slightest clue..And other than the interesting spelling, not much of a care either. Oh, back to the hate speech thing you did…oh, did I mention that…you wished physical harm, not upon me, but upon a minor, in fact you wished grievous sexual harm. This would be considered aggravated hate speech, technically, and as such could be prosecuted as a terroristic threat. Attacking a child who has no part in our discussion is a direct threat to that Childs safety. If you had wished the same upon me, it would fall within the realm of satirical and farcical….this I think, fits in a different category. Now, it would probably never be taken that seriously in a court of law, because, as I mentioned earlier, this is a forum for satirical and farcical statements, and so long as nothing like that ever happened to my child, should be taken in that regard. But I am quite certain, that you really crossed a legal line right there. Okay…so I was serious again. I apologize. This is getting long winded. Have you noticed that I have insinuated that your ideas are a small boat of no consequence I have also, though never directly, implied your intellect is not have the highest , but I have almost completely refrained from profanity. Actually, I believe I have totally refrained from any attacks other than upon the merits of your point of view. Do you want to know why? It is called argumentation, also another type of protected speech. All of my attacks are on the idea that you put forth (and your supporting logic) about a movie about Zombies written by a guy who is Jewish whose father I happen to think is pretty damn funny and the wiki being part of a Zionist conspiracy. Several things you brought into the discussion that are not at all related to the discussion about a movie being made about Zombie written by a guy who happens to be Jewish shoes father I happen to think is pretty damn funny. Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Unless there are actual fleshing eating risen undead or that Max Brooks somehow created and maintains the conflict, it has nothing to do with this discussion other than Max Brooks being Jewish, and Israel is a Jewish State. And as far as I know he is not an Israeli he is just a member of the Jewish faith. So his relation to the conflict is… It’s a book about zombies nearly destroying the whole world….now many monsters are analogues of world events…Godzilla was an entertaining and cool statement about nuclear weapons and the US policies about it. Frankenstein is a cautionary tale about the god complex and about “modern” technology. Bloody good read as well. What Zombies and a post apocalyptic world have to do with Israel…I don’t know. The Wikipedia; an open source encyclopedia…anyone can edit it (and have) and I cannot grasp how it is part a world Zionist conspiracy …other than a there being a lot of articles about Judaism…but there are a lot on Christianity, Islam, Atheism..And just about everything else…Seems like everything is pretty fairly represented. Now this is the English version, I cannot speak for any other languages. So I am left with the fact that you hate this book (and possible movie) because it is an Israeli production…no, it’s not being made in Israel, nor was written there, nor will it be filmed there ( that could be wrong, there may be some parts of the book set there…have no idea) but it certainly is not an Israeli production. So my only reasonable assumption for your attack on it and tying it to a Wikipedia/Zionist conspiracy is that the author of a book that be turned into a movie is written by a guy who is Jewish and is the son of someone I think pretty damn funny. Do you now see why I kept saying that bit over and over….The original writer is Jewish…Israel is a Jewish state, you claim the wiki is part of a Zionist (movement to make and maintain a Jewish state in Israel) conspiracy to take over the world ( did you go that far?, I don’t want to go look at it again) and the only thing that I can find to tie these three separate entities together is Max Brooks is Jewish…not even an Israeli American Jew….but still you feel the need to espouse a hateful, and spurious claim in a forum where we are discussing not Jewish-ness of the author, not the merits of the book (though there are some positive and negative criticism of it) but rather whether it can and should be made into a two hour movie, a miniseries or even an ongoing series. Your attempts at forcing the discussion into a hateful, anti-Israeli rant are crystal clear…that you do not see this…kinda disturbing. Man, I am tired of writing this…I have grown bored of you Allthosepowers….bored of this attempt at argumentation. If you cannot muster a real argument, rather than attacking a child (who by the way, can build a better rhetorical statement that you can) or flinging out unfounded threats..Wait..You did present some evidence…and to be fair…good points…but even a broken watch is right twice a day. Please, take a note, this is a forum for humorous and outlandish (but not threatening language) that is both supposed to titillate (I mean there is a discussion of female porn stars) and entertain. Clearly you feel strongly about this, and I will not argue that Israel has done some outright disgusting things in response to the other outright disgusting things that have been done to it and them ( not a justification, but rather a cause and effect scenario). But the whole point of this and my previous post..what has it got to do with a Zombie movie? Please…if you respond, and probably by not posting this yesterday, you probably won’t, just answer that question…I care nothing about anything else (in this forum) but why you feel the need to talk about this here, in this place of ridiculousness ..I mean read what the Choppah writes, this is not the venue for political, philosophical, historical or theological arguments…its barely a place to discuss the artistic merits of any film…its mostly a place to make masturbation jokes, fart comments and flame wars…or to read such things for amusement. I do, honestly want your rationale about my last question…no cleverness, no attacks or implications…just why here, why now? Seriously, Grundelwanderer