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WORLD WAR Z Set Pics!

Published at: July 5, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST by Nordling

Nordling here.

Well, even though Matthew Fox and Ed Harris had to back out, Marc Forster's adaptation of WORLD WAR Z is going full-steam ahead, as it looks like they began filming last week.  These shots were from a scene set in Israel - people familiar with the novel will recognize what's happening in this scene.  The Daily Mail has some pretty cool shots of the action, and Brad Pitt may actually be playing Max Brooks (or a surrogate).  As readers know, the book is an oral history of the zombie apocalypse, and the author is actually an interviewer taking stories from the various events of the war.  I assumed he'd be playing the soldier at the Battle of Yonkers, but I guess I assumed wrong.  Here's some interesting shots - for more pics, click on the link:

So it looks like Forster kept the scope of the novel in.  WORLD WAR Z opens next year.

Nordling, out.

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  • July 5, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    first.

    by notcher

  • July 5, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Oh wait.

    by notcher

    The pics aren't really that cool, might as well be "District 9" or "Battle L.A." Woopy fucking do!!!

  • July 5, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    crappy book

    by Rupee88

    Ok maybe not crappy but very unremarkable and not worth a read.

  • July 5, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Oh hell fucking yeah!!!

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    If they get it right, it will be immense! And these pics fill me with hope! I just hope he does the Indian ship yard scene. I think that one burned a hole straight into my brain. Battle for Yonkers is the one everyone talks about (and will kick all sorts of arse if done right), but the shipyard scared the shit out of me when I read it.

  • July 5, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    This movie will disappoint

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    It'll be a shame really.

  • July 5, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    When the fuck is TDKR trailer coming out??!!!!

    by notcher

    Can not wait!!!! Must take down Doug in a motorcycle/airplane race!!! Give it to me!!!!!!

  • July 5, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Zombies!!!

    by EastcoastAvenger

    More zombies! Good grief!

  • July 5, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Where is Dee and Dennis lying? Where's DeVito

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    munching on his pocket sausages?

  • July 5, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I just don't see how this can be adapted properly for a film.

    by HoboCode

    The book is 50 short stories. Should have been a miniseries. Still if Brad Pitt is in it it must be decently produced.

  • July 5, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    oh...great...one more zombie move...sigh...

    by KilliK

  • July 5, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    This should be a miniseries

    by VegasRonReturns

    on HBO or SHOWTIME. The big screen can't do it justice.

  • July 5, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    If it isnt rated R I am gonna lose my fucking mind.

    by claxdog

  • July 5, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    This could end up being good . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . but I have no faith at all that it'll FEEL like the book. I'd be grinning ear to ear to find out Paris Hilton had a small cameo . . .

  • July 5, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    So Far, So Good...

    by John Knox

    Anyone who has read the book knows it's not just a 'zombie' story; it's a chronicle of a clusterfuck gone to it's extreme, followed by the people dusting themselves off and finding a way not only to survive but to become both something they were and something new. BTW: yes, the Gaza gate scene looks better than I thought (always pictured smaller fences, dunno why) but I'm waiting for the Battle of Yonkers (seeing as how Yonkers is a commode already it'll be no big loss...). And the invention of the Marine's favorite zombie=killin' tool: the L.O.B.O.!!!

  • July 5, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    judging by that chicks helmet

    by sith_rising

    it could be Israel

  • July 5, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    50 Short Stories

    by John Knox

    I see that: HBO or Showtime could have done a great 2 seasons of this. But since that didn't seem to be an option, I'm glad Brad Pitt is watching over this, since I know from following this he has nothing but love for the story...

  • July 5, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    One of the most impressive books I've ever read...

    by Flutchy

    ...the zombies are merely the McGuffin for an analysis of the world's situation today, quite brilliant. Don't know how much of this will make it to the big screen though.

  • July 5, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Well yea it could be israel...

    by wonderboy2402

    Look at all the Jewish Black hats/caps being worn by some of the pedestrians. Also the uniforms and female soldiers are Israel.

  • July 5, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Make a Left For Dead movie. Rated R please.

    by btc909

  • July 5, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    AwwwWWWWWW SHIT

    by ravenloff

    FINALLY! So is Pitt going to be the Interviewer? Or just the zombie with the most adopted kids?

  • July 5, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    As far as "scope"...

    by ravenloff

    We won't know that until we know how far they're going to go with Yonkers.

  • July 5, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one burned out by zombie crap?

    by impossibledreamers

    I mean seriously. Countless movies... and now a series (a really good series mind you), but still - it's becoming mass overkill...

  • July 5, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    that female soldier

    by VegasRonReturns

    to the right of brad pitt is fucking hot.

  • July 5, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    @impossibledreamers

    by ravenloff

    A lot of never-should-have-been-mades and a really good series. WWZ, as a book, is the best work of fiction in the genre I've ever read. Hopefully they'll be able to capture it's essence as a movie. I'm optimistic. In any case, it won't be just another zombie flic.

  • July 5, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    It's Israel

    by corplhicks

    Based upon the uniforms and other reasons....I believe Israel did pretty well as a country based upon their strategy against the Zombies.

  • July 5, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    @impossibledreamers

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    yes. I just got a boner.

  • July 5, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    What's important about this story... ***Warning: SPOILERS****

    by Sithtastic

    is quite simply the different human narratives and although there really is a loose conglomeration of stories here, the book as a whole has potential. Aside from the obvious Battle of Yonkers, the crucial points in the story are 1) the interview with the Mossad intelligence analyst explaining what to do about the outbreak were (Surprise!) ignored, 2)the failure of the "Alpha Teams"--the smart, but only temporary stop gap measure against the outbreak, 3) are the female pilot who crash lands behind "Zack" lines and relies on her own split personality to get her through the trauma of getting back to safety, and 4) the rebuilding of the army as a zombie defensive and finally offensive force You sprinkle in a little China, Pakistan v Iran nuclear exchange, and of course those gruesome scenes from India and you have yourself a winner, precisely because the human characters in those stories are easily the best part about it. Pitt's reporter should at best (after the first act) serve as a catalyst in support for these stories. As for the photos, I see they're going with a scene from an Israeli checkpoint right out of the book, which means hopefully, they're doing the interview of the Palistinian teenager and his family from Kuwait who are trying to flee. Pretty solid.

  • July 5, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    =Make a Left For Dead movie. Rated R please.=

    by KilliK

    FUCK YEAH.

  • July 5, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    I love this book. Can't see how a movie will work, but they may surprise me.

    by David Cloverfield

    I don't know how will they show the fucking terrifying tactics that we eventually use against Z.

  • July 5, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    No way I see how this works as a film, but...

    by Zombiana_Jones

    FUCK YEAH!!! ZOMBIEEEES!!!!! I can't wait to see this one... And yes, the reports i've seen have indicated that Pitt will be portraying the 'roving journalist' role from the book....

  • July 5, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    They have to film the scene in the book where (*SPOILERS*)

    by Zombiana_Jones

    ...All the Glitterati hole up at the armed compound in NY and get beaten to death by the angry mob seeing them on TV, NOT by the Zombies...THAT...WAS...AWESOME....

  • July 5, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    No Henry Rollins?

    by davidwebb

    He made that audiobook awesome.

  • July 5, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Re-reading it Right Now!

    by DangerDave

    As much as I would like to see this as a weekly TV series....ON HBO...I will take a LONG movie. Brad Pitt's production company is running this...so it seems that he is the interviewer. But not doing the interviews 10 years later, but experiencing the events as they happen. It might work. I want this movie to rock! Make it so. Please don't suck.

  • July 5, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Oh wow, I thought this had been canceled?

    by Ironhelix

    Guess not.

  • sequences in China.

  • July 5, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    @zombiana_jones

    by ravenloff

    I've never been able to figure out whether Ann Colter is screwing Bill Maher or John Stewart in that segment. I want to see if they're going to do the overweight/out-of-shape Japanese nerd using sheets to repel down the side of his high-rise apartment building. I think it took him days. Maybe not visually compelling, but a good read. The Battle Of Yonkers is a very important set piece (for the eye-candy if nothing else) but the Battle Of Hope doesn't really work without seeing the army get bitchslapped in New York first.

  • July 5, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    @davidwebb

    by ravenloff

    $10 says they make that character black if he makes it into the movie.

  • July 5, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    The Indian General

    by Shivv

    Really hoping they keep General Raj Singh in the movie. They pretty much cut him out of the audiobook. Both him setting off the bomb by hand and his "escape" from Ghandi Square deserve to be seen on film, especially if they use the space station captain perspective that they did in the book.

  • July 5, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Shit, they cut out that much from the audiobook?

    by David Cloverfield

    I listened to it trying to fend off gym boredom and loved every minute. Gotta order the book I guess.

  • July 5, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Those talking about the 'feel' of the book

    by Liam Brazier

    Have a watch of Waltz With Bashir if you haven't - it's animated, and there's no zombies, but I found it struck incredibly close in tone and shock and human heart to WWZ.

  • July 5, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    WWZ (the book) = boring shite

    by DonRivella

    Zombie survival guide = fun and inspired. The WWZ audio book was the absolute pits. I hope all the participants get eaten alive by zombies. The people doing the movie can only win - no way can it be worse than the book. I dare you!

  • July 5, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I've read the book and it's fantastic.

    by hallmitchell

    High recommend.

  • July 5, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    PROMETHEUS SET PICS LEAKED....REAL NEWS....duh

    by ThisBethesdaSea

    http://www.alienprequelnews.com/

  • July 5, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Can't wait

    by The_guy_in_the_rated_R_movie

    I read the book 2 years back and it was awesome. When I heard they were making this into a movie the first thing I thought was "Battle of Yonkers is going to kick ass". I hope this turns out great.

  • July 5, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    @donrivella

    by ravenloff

    Heretic.

  • July 5, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    @bethesdasea

    by Larry Sellers

    Now that's more like it. Looks great.

  • July 5, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Scariest Part for me.....

    by cookylamoo

    Is where the suburban families head north without a plan and after a week or two turn into cannibals.

  • July 5, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    The Book was Shit

    by Chadley BeBay

    Sorry. I couldn't even finish it... How do you make a Zombie book boring?? They found a way.

  • July 5, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Just stop with the Palestine thing

    by corplhicks

    Not trying to get into this here, but there is no country Palestine, there has NEVER BEEN a country Palestine, there is no Palestinian language, and there is no biblical claim to a "Palestine" that any Arab has-- Christianity and Judaism have claim to that land, biblically speaking. Period.

  • July 5, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Marc Forster is the art-house Brett Ratner

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    i.e. NO personal style whatsoever. He can point a camera in the direction of the actors and keep them in focus (except in Quantum Of Solace), but that's about it. No recurring thematic ideas/obsessions, no interesting visual tics...bleh.

  • July 5, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    PROMETHEUS

    by Darth_Kong

    http://www.alienprequelnews.com/2011/07/exclusive-more-photos-from-prometheus.html

  • July 5, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    If this movie isa PG-13 then I will wait for it to show on TBS.

    by Judge Briggs

  • http://www.alienprequelnews.com/2011/07/exclusive-more-photos-from-prometheus.html

  • July 5, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    I don't get it.

    by Fawst

    How is "Max Brooks" witnessing what's going on in Israel when the whole story was supposed to be an oral history? This doesn't make any sense at all.

  • July 5, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    i've read the second draft script

    by mojination

    and while they leave out some pretty awesome stuff (let's face it, most of the book was "awesome stuff" - the submarine, the samurai nerd, the french catacombs) they do manage to cram some sweet set pieces in and kinda fit the whole thing into a narrative, rather than a talking head/flashback film. the dialogue needed a bit of work but the scope and tone was pretty spot on. needed more russia and china though.

  • I see that as representing one of the most major thematic points of the book... how the acceptable rules of civilised society need to be thrown out in desperate times.</p> </p> It's such a great part of the book because, you shake your head at how fucked up extreme the Redeker Plan is, but at the same time, you understand how it is a logical solution in a fucked situation. Great stuff.

  • It's days like today when I wish that Law Enforcement would turn a blind eye to good 'ol fashioned LYNCH MOBS. That fucking cunt will become a millionaire for killing her daughter and getting away with it. Mark my fucking words. I want to fucking vomit. Rot in hell you low-life CUNT! And....On another note 'World War Z' is going to be AWESOME

  • July 5, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Important Cameo!

    by tj donkey show

    They better get Michael Stipe to make a cameo. I hope they include the scene where the soldier walks into his old house, looks around, and blows his brains out.

  • July 5, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    this sounds like...

    by AllThosePowers

    ... racism under the guise of an entertaining film. Jews are at it again

  • July 5, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    @allthosepowers... you couldn't be more wrong.

    by Happyfat73

  • July 5, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST

    This should be shot like The Office

    by kidicarus

    but with zombies.

  • July 5, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    And the audiobook was awesome, but the accents cringeworthy

    by kidicarus

    Especially the Chinese and Japanese guys. Terrible accents.

  • July 5, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    bit confused with the Casey Anthony thing

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    maybe not confused, just a bit unclear. So, her version of it is that her kid drowned in a pool, her dad (who she decided to label as a sexual predator) convinced her to hide the body, then she just got on with having a merry old time until the inevitable happened? <P> Even if she hadn't killed her daughter, wouldn't she realise that she would have a hard time explaining why she behaved the way she did with her daughter missing?

  • July 5, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Your worst fears realized: IT'S PG-13!!

    by Osiris3657

    Seriously how do you people not know about this? Paramount hired Marc Forster on the condition that he give them a PG-13 cut. Google it!!!

  • July 5, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Whoa, they're making this?!?!?

    by Yelsaeb

    I heard they were, but I thought it fell apart. Well, it better be rated R. That's all I have to say. And if Brad Pitt is playing Max Brooks, when does the scene pictured above fit into the movie? He was never in the thick of it, he was always interviewing people after the war was over.

  • July 5, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    If you didn't like this awesome novel...

    by uberfreak

    please blow your head off with a 12 gauge cuz you obviously have the zombie virus and are in no need of a brain.

  • July 5, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    yawn.

    by Cruizer Dave

    Whoa dude! Zombies! That's never been done before! Oh wait. It has. Like a 100 times in the last few years.

  • July 5, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST

    RE: When the fuck is TDKR trailer coming out??!!!!

    by Phategod2

    probably at Comicon this month but if history holds true it will be a no footage teaser.

  • July 5, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    a little surprising to see Pitt in yet ANOTHER zombie flick

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    But maybe he thought why's everyone else having all the fun? At least the story sounds a bit different. When is the zombie/superhero/vampire movie coming out?

  • July 5, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Book is great, script sucks

    by The Dude Abides

  • July 5, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Book was great

    by themovieweasel

    Looking forward to the movie, I wish they did the nerdy Japanese kid bit, but I can see why they would leave it out. And those who say the book was boring, totally missed the deeper themes and subtexts that underlay the narrative. It was a comment on the real plagues that affect our society. Unscrupulous business men, politicians afraid to squander their political capital, ignorant people raping virgins under the mistaken belief that it will cure them, those are the real monsters in the book.

  • July 5, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    "What's in the box!? No! No! What's in the fucking box!" - Brad Pitt

    by Julius Dithers

    That's Brad's despair face. Can you make a meal out of that, Marc Forster?

  • July 5, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    North Korea

    by corplhicks

    Would be cool if they added some scene where after war people find the underground bunker where the entire population went and it's teaming with Zombies crammed in there. What to do !

  • July 5, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    World War Zed

    by BBSloth

  • July 5, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    If you don't like this book

    by corplhicks

    There's no help for you; please jump into a pile of zombies, eyes closed, arms wide apart and accept your fate, because you are already brain-dead.

  • July 5, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    At least the human win this one.

    by cookylamoo

    That's like 3,600 wins to 1 for the zombies.

  • July 5, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Israeli Civil War sequence

    by Sean

    I love that you know exactly which moment from the book is being filmed here, and I think it's safe to assume we know who the older Arabic man standing next to him is. Very excited for this. The book was amazing and the audiobook was a rare example of the medium elevating the source material (although they omitted the girl who is a perfect 10 with a child's mind, but the movie probably will too so meh) Now I wanna know who they cast as the soldier from the Yonkers POV sequence

  • July 5, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    dying-flutchman

    by Anthrax

    Not that brilliant. Every half way decent zombie story uses the exact same device.

  • July 5, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    I hope it's done faux documentary style

    by jimmy_009

    Otherwise, what's the point?

  • July 5, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    For the record

    by Anthrax

    I didn't like the book either. If Mark Millar and JJ Abrams met in a ten dollar an hour motel, and proceeded to take turns cornholing each other lube free to the rich & vibrant sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire, then Abrams got pregnant, his & Millar's love child would be this book. It's just trite. Brooks tries so desperately hard to be cool, and he falls just so very, very short. I don't think anyone has had anything remotely interesting to say about a zombie apocalypse since Danny Boyle and Alex Garland.

  • July 5, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST

    I agree with the anti-PG13... no hard R means wait for netflix.

    by uberfreak

  • Plus, how could you deny the incredibly innovative takes on the zombie proliferation? If you liked Boyle's work then you might know that it's not about how many heads explode... although Snyder's remake of Dawn was a solid 3 stars.

  • July 6, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    uberfreak

    by Anthrax

    Just enough to know that World War Z isn't very good. If you like it, cool. What's with this "If you do not like this [Insert overstated and pretentious piece of pop here]then go kill yourself" nonsense? Ironically enough, it's the same reaction Millar and Abrams fanboys have in defense of their heroes... I miss the old days, when if I said I didn't like something someone else loved, they would actually engage in an earnest and engaging discussion, or just invent new and hilarious ways of calling me a nancy boy.

  • July 6, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    OH GOOD! More zombies!

    by Queefer Sutherland

    How about more vampires and superheroes too! Just pile them on, do them to death!

  • July 6, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST

    What is the enjoyment here?

    by logosicon

    The hopelessness. The violence. The gore. How is the zombie genre even remotely enjoyable. These films are for future generations a marker of lazy filmmaking. A debasement of the the human spirit, and the brutalization of mind.

  • July 6, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    anthrax, why should i explain to you why you are stupid?

    by uberfreak

    I prefer ridicule and contempt for those who are smart enough to post on AICN yet fucked enough in the head to not understand the genius of WWZ. Also, Slayer OWNS anthrax.

  • July 6, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    They've been filming since June 15..

    by loganprometheus

    ..in Malta. Which is where these pics are from (doubling as Israel). And Pitt's character is named Max Brooks, a journalist doing the interviews. Does anyone pay attention to movie news on this site?

  • July 6, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Funny, I don't recall asking you to explain anything to me.

    by Anthrax

    And really? Slayer? Should have gone with Morbid Angel, then you would have been REALLY cool. I Win.

  • July 6, 2011, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Battle of Yonkers is being filmed in August

    by cushing1967

    In Glasgow. Well, I'm assuming that it is - there is a huge casting call for extras in Glasgow for men and women of all ages and ethnicities, for people with a military, police, fire service paramedic background and for real American service men and women. It's the biggest film shoot ever in Glasgow. Of course, it being Glasgow and summer it will be raining like an absolute bastard. And maybe snowing :)

  • July 6, 2011, 4:59 a.m. CST

    That prize goes to C Laws, but you might take the bronze.

    by uberfreak

  • July 6, 2011, 5 a.m. CST

    SLAYERRRRRR!

    by uberfreak

  • July 6, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    The Canada sub plot was horrifying

    by orange84

    I really hope they film that. To see the Redekker plan in action in the US, very powerful.

  • July 6, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    southtexasmoviefreak

    by HoboCode

    Shut the fuck up you brain dead hick. There was not enough evidence to convict Casey Anthony, which thankfully you need to condemn someone to death in this country. the system worked. We have the rule of law in this country which is why it is still (sort of) great. You want vigilante justice based on flimsy evidence, move to fucking Afghanistan you dimwit.

  • July 6, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    PG13 will most likely ruin this...

    by backlund7

    But I wonder why more studios don't just shoot things like this R rated, with intentions of being able to cut it PG13 for theaters, and then release the R rated version on Blu Ray later? I know a lot of times things get cut to make a PG13 flick, but why not have those intentions right from the get go? Who knows. Maybe they do...

  • July 6, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    I hope they include the Indian Mountain pass story

    by v3d

    This chapter has the most BAD ASS character in the whole book.

  • July 6, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    by BuffyFaithtribyeah

    Oh hell yes, its the Radecker plan. The Lebanese family making their exodus to Israel. God, I can't wait for this fuckin badass movie. That battle of yonkers is gonna be crazy.

  • July 6, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    No love for the Japanese kid in the Tower Block?

    by theGoldbergV

    That was my favourite chapter in the book. But yeah, agree with the guy who said the Redeker plan is essential. Thats the central point of the book right there.

  • July 6, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Impossible to do in 2 hours

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    Thats what, 4 or 5 chapters of the book.

  • July 6, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    They're filming in Scotland next month

    by Kizeesh

    Apparently the streets of Glasgow are a dead ringer for Philidelphia... They want extras. I'll get some snaps if I can.

  • some of the cast from the audiobook version in the film. Henry Rollins as the mercenary T. Sean Collins Alan Alda as Arthur Sinclair Carl Reiner as ex-Israeli spook Jurgen Warbrunn J├╝rgen Prochnow as German Army Commander Philip Adler Mark Hamill as someone, just due to the fact that in the audiobook version he did a kick ass job portraying Army grunt Todd Wainio. Hamil is too old now to play this character, but it would be nice to see him in the film in some manner. John Turturro as the Cuban dude Serosha Garcia Alvarez Rob Reiner as the US Vice President ("The Whacko") Maybe get Harry Lennix (black Zion commander from the Matrix sequels) to play the African American president from the novel. Lennix kinda looks a bit like President Obama, so that would be some fun casting. Obviously Pitt is some sort of Max Brooks/journalist type of "hub" character for all the various Z War survivor stories to be told to. I also like the idea of a Michael Stipe cameo. That would be hilarious.

  • July 6, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    hamburgerearmuffs: movie time vs. book time

    by lv_426

    I agree. There will be a ton cut out of the novel for this film. What I'd like to see, if the film is successful, would be for Pitt to do what Hanks and Spielberg did with Band of Brothers and later The Pacific after Saving Private Ryan. Basically, take all the stuff that they cut from the novel, maybe have Max Brooks write a few new pieces as well, and turn all that extra stuff into a 10-12 episode HBO miniseries. That way we'd have the film version to focus on the primary "big plot" stuff, while the miniseries could focus on the more disjointed and personal stories.

  • July 6, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    lv 426

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    that would be the only way to do it in the first place. Instead we'll get an extremely truncated narrative that wont even touch on most of the scenes and concepts from the book.

  • July 6, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    hamburgerearmuffs

    by lv_426

    I agree. It would have been better had they done it as a miniseries from the beginning. Still though, something like the movie+miniseries would be better than just the movie they are already making right now.

  • July 6, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    The whole book turns on a dubious premise.

    by cookylamoo

    Mankind wins because the Zombies freeze in cold weather because they have no metabolism to generate heat. But if they have no metabolism how do they move and even better, why are they so hungry?

  • July 6, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    hobocode says "the system worked" you sir are the fucking dimwit

    by uberfreak

  • July 6, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Slayer, Anthrax and Sepultera ALL suck

    by kidicarus

    Settled.

  • July 6, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    So PG-13 confirmed then?

    by Volllllume3

    Fuck that shit if true!!!

  • July 6, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    thegoldbergv

    by v3d

    Agreed. They need that Japanese storyline. Best character arc of the book.

  • July 6, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    re: North Korea

    by brotherbradshaw

    That was one of my favourite parts. The idea that nobody really knows what happened, and they're letting sleeping dogs lie by not looking.

  • July 6, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    The only casting I need is

    by orange84

    Michael Stipe. It would make the movie. To see him firing a few SIR rounds or better yet, a quick shot using a LOBO, awesome.

  • July 6, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    GORGUTS! It's almost here...

    by Sappers Forward

  • July 6, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Israel/Palestine, India Scenes

    by Coordinate_System

    I don't have the impression that the Israeli's killed off the virus-positive persons at the fence line. Most likely they were led away and sequestered, and, possibly, after they passed away, and before they reanimated, their bodies got a bullet to the head. The book did mention an overturned van, that spilled its undead contents, that the Israeli soldiers had to put down, which suggests to me that no preemptive killing of the infected took place. The Indian General was trying to prevent a nuclear strike on the mountain pass. He feared that it would shatter the mountain and allow the undead easier access to the safe zone. The strike would have taken place if the soldiers on the ground failed to use their conventional explosives to destroy the road. It was these explosives that the General detonated. As for the book, I really enjoyed it. I made a special point to read it at night (scares are best enjoyed at night). And, while Mr. Brooks is far more optimistic about human nature than I (e.g. the Israeli/Palestinian cooperation), I think that he did an excellent job on it. However, I am dubious about whether the movie will be able to do it any justice. We'll see.

  • July 6, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    I Hope This Turns Out Good

    by NeonFrisbee

    The book is cool. I really liked it. Doing the whole Studs Terkel oral history thing was a clever approach. The movie should be shot like an Ken Burns documentary.

  • July 6, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    kidicarus, pull your Bieber doll out of your ass you sick fuck!

    by uberfreak

  • Wierd that he writes about zombies.

  • July 7, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    So tired of the Zombie Survival Guide being called "hilarious"...

    by RabidDogma

    It was INSANELY GREAT, but I would never call it hilarious. Or, as the Barnes & Noble employee called it, "laugh out loud hysterical." It was immensely entertaining for me, because I love zombie fiction. I love the books, the games, the movies, and the animated works. I DON'T laugh my ass off every time I see it, though. I actually read it as something of an "alternate-reality" kind of scenario guide; what if this ACTUALLY happened somewhere, at some time? This would have been the book printed and published, and as such it was AMAZING. It's a great read, and a great work of fiction. It isn't slap-your-knee funny. Sorry, just had to get that off of my chest.

  • July 7, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Urban zombie movies are over. Let's get them back to the islands.

    by Missing Dink

  • July 7, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Just applied to be a zombie in Glasgow...

    by Kerr Girvan

    I am hoping Philadelphia has a large percentage fo the population with pale skin and ginger hair??? Brad Pitt is also local rhyming slang, as in... "please let me into the toilet, I am desperate for a Brad Pitt and the turtle's head is poking out."

  • July 7, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    by Dazz

    Ooo, zombie extra parts up for grabs? Link?

  • July 8, 2011, 5:32 a.m. CST

    kermitsknobsmellsofbacon

    by TheManWhoCan

    Do you say "Barry White" as well? eg "man i really need to do a Barry..." Never heard it called a Brad Pitt before but its pretty funny none the less!!