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Is WORLD WAR Z The First Of A Trilogy?

Published at: Jan. 4, 2012, 6:12 a.m. CST

Nordling here.

Brad Pitt sat down with the Los Angeles Times and released this little nugget of information about WORLD WAR Z, coming this December.  According to the article:

In WORLD WAR Z, due in theaters right before next Christmas, Pitt will play a United Nations fact-finder and family man who desperately races around the globe to determine the origins of a zombie pandemic that has toppled civilization in short order. The film is directed by Marc Forster (FINDING NEVERLAND, QUANTUM OF SOLACE) and is similar in spirit to September's CONTAGION (from director Soderbergh and starring Damon) with its geo-political bent and the aspiration to deliver social messages amid the moans and screams.

For Pitt, the big sci-fi thriller also represents his strongest bid to have a big film franchise of his own, which might be viewed as the missing piece of his career jigsaw puzzle. Forster and Paramount Pictures each view WORLD WAR Z as a trilogy that would have the grounded, gun-metal realism of, say, Damon's Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC's THE WALKING DEAD.

Honestly?  I think the subject matter could warrant a trilogy - I think the source material was better suited for a miniseries anyway - but if they are sticking to their PG-13 guns they will have an uphill battle to convince horror genre fans that WORLD WAR Z is worth their time.  And, at the same time, this is a movie with a giant budget and we've never seen the Zombie Apocalypse at this level and scale before.  We'll know in December whether or not it works.  

What really concerns me is "gun-metal realism of the BOURNE films."  Will the film turn into SHAKY-CAM Z?  I sincerely hope not.  I think it was that level of filmmaking that made QUANTUM OF SOLACE a weaker Bond film of the franchise.  I had the biggest problem with the movie in how Marc Forster shot the action sequences.  I thought the story was actually pretty good.

We're getting WORLD WAR Z this December, and we'll know then if the plans for this series of films can come to fruition..  If WORLD WAR Z is successful, we'll see two more movies of the Zompocalypse, and the good news is that if it does wind up being three movies, we'll see more of Max Brooks' setpieces.  The Battle of Yonkers, perhaps?  Or the Chinese nuclear sub?  Or the American trek up north?   We could see all sorts of things to fill out the space.

Nordling, out.

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  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Firsties and some hope

    by SadTruth

    My first firstie. And now I have a slight bit of hope for this.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Cool?

    by Shaw

    Never read the book. I heard the movie is a real departure though.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST

    "Right before Christmas"?

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Didn't anybody learn the lesson of this past year's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" release date? I think that had a whole lot to do with the poor box office showing (in addition to being too quick of a remake). Christmas isn't really the right time for a film with this type of subject matter.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:19 a.m. CST

    I dont care about this film

    by kingralphuk

    This film isnt going to be a true World War Z if the synopsis is anything to go by

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:21 a.m. CST

    i love the book..

    by paul burnett

    ..and am fuckin irked that this film seems to be in name only. If Pitt is playing the UN factfinder whats he doing running around in the middle of the shitstorm?? This could have been something extraordinary had they copied the books multiple story style, instead of making brad the hero.. Maybe Scorsese will do the zombie movie that he makes in the book!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:23 a.m. CST

    PG-13 zombies?

    by lochkray

    Why not? It worked for Aliens and Predators...oh, no, wait. It worked for Die Hard 4...ummm. Hold on again. Arnold Schwartzenager's later sci-fi movies were still great and they were all...aw crap. Okay. Maybe filmmakers should just make movies and not craft the film to reach a specific MPAA rating. It's an old point, but when you say PG-13 zombie movie, my interest goes through the floor.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Stop with the trilogy shit.

    by john

    Trilogy is usually just one movie I have to pay to see three fucking times. I still get confused which Bourne movie is which. Here's an idea - a bit out there - why not make one really good flick??

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST

    jaws was a pg..

    by paul burnett

    ..so the rating for zombie gore is neither here nor there...BUT a film dealing with the world coming to an end,millions dying,goverments collapsing and countries turning their backs on each other may indicate that this is an adult themed film and may, just for the content of images that will be needed to portray this need to have an adult rating...y'think!!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:57 a.m. CST

    It'll never happen

    by jah_kingdom

    Brad Pitt will flake. Plus, I like the book but I just don't see it having enough legs to make 3 films out of. And this is 1st I heard of PG-13. That's ridiculous.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:01 a.m. CST

    After all the hype I read the book, and loved it. But now

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    as has been pointed out they're ruining it. The book takes place years after man coming out on top of the zombie war. The changes in everything....countries, ideas, how to fight a war, the economy and what is considered a valuable job was something that the author put a lot of thought and research into. It seems this is just another let's race to find out what's happening and how to stop it zombie movie. The whole reason in the book that WWZ was written is because the higher ups thought his reports were too personal. The book was never about one person or character. As was pointed out this would work much better as a miniseries. Who cares if you have to compete with The Walking Dead as long as you make it work.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Re: Jaws being PG

    by lochkray

    That movie would NEVER be rated PG in 2012. I bet the MPAA would demand serious cuts before they would even allow it to be PG 13. Back in 1975 (in the US) non family entertainment had two choices: PG or R (okay, and X). It was either so disturbing, crude or sexual that it was only for adults, or it was left up to the discretion of the parents as to what was appropriate for their kids to see. All kids. Aged 1 through 17. Citing Jaws as being PG as a rating example is like my dad saying that he only had to pay a nickle to go to the movies (and they were better then too, dammit). The comparison is out of context to the times.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Okay, someone has to say it:

    by P

    World War Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. (Yawn)

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Right before Christmas

    by Mister McClane

    GDT may have 'flopped' this year (not really, but perhaps it's a bit 'slow' takings-wise) but that doesn't mean a dark, zombie film can't do well at Xmas. 'I Am Legend' was a big hit for WB a few years back. And with over $5 billion in box office for 2011, Paramount don't have to worry anyway!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Well I hope it’s better than the book.

    by Super Rabbi

    I fed into all the hype around the book, finally finished reading it last month and didn’t feel the same sentiments.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Glad to see I'm not the only one

    by clupula

    underwhelmed by the book. However, this is a PG-13 zombie movie. There's no way it can work.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    A PG-13 zombie movie?

    by Wes_Reviews_

    You're kidding right? PASS.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Marc Forster is awful...

    by Wes_Reviews_

    Quantum of Solace is the worst Bond movie. In fact, it barely even qualifies as a Bond movie. DOUBLE PASS.

  • I remember back in the day seeing boobs in a PG13 film. They'll make it work if the zombie killing kicks ass.

  • Calm down.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST

    A PG-13 Film Released At Christmas Time...

    by Graphix67

    ...Not exactly the ideal rating or release-date that would be considered conducive for the success of a legit zombie movie.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Y'all could at least give it a chance

    by theGoldbergV

    Personally I'd love to see the Redeker plan being played out on screen. Or Yonkers. Or the Japanese kid in the tower block. Or the Chinese doctor story. Or the downed fighter pilot. Or the celebrity house. Or the submarine. Damn, I read that book once about 3 years ago and it still stays with me. As for PG-13, big deal, the book isn't particularly violent and mostly forgoes the shock tactics of most zombie fiction, if the film follows the same path it could easily get a PG rating.

  • With the Pitt character playing the role William Alland did in Welles' film, or for that matter, the role Christian Slater portrayed in Interview with the Vampire: the investigator/reporter who's purpose is to bookend the flashbacks which make up the bulk of the narrative. I could be wrong, but based on these set pics, Pitt looks to be in the thick of it, which is a very different approach.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    I can see a trilogy "working"...

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    ...In the classic Hollywood framework, anyway. Not to be revealing anything in the book (POSSIBLE SPOILERS), but.. Movie One: The Collapse of Civilization, the Horror, the Gore. Movie Two: The Grounding, the Shock Is Over, the cold hard Resolution to put aside the politics and failures that allowed this to happen and to find a way to fight and defeat them. Movie Three: The Slow But Steady Advance of the Powers Of Goodness and Light. (MORE SPOILERS!!) For all of the social commentary and satire that Brooks packed into "WWZ", the story arc was fairly predictable, as it was made clear from the start that the zombies had been defeated and a new civilization was being built. In fact, that was the real thrust of "WWZ" - That we are all so wrapped up in short-sighted visions of what we expect the future to be, that we're not prepared for a really big, globally-scaled event that could change the whole game. Shock addicts and gorehounds who only want carnage and bloodshed - I HOPE there'll be enough pants-pissing amounts of that to sell the studio on the viability of two more movies. Just don't expect the next two movies to be like the first one. They will, by definition, be running out of ammo (and casualties) by Movie Two.

  • There's no reason it would have to be told in a linear way. They could, and probably should, tease out some of the bigger set pieces that take place on the front end of the story over the course of the three films.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    did you even read my post??

    by paul burnett

    forget that you wont get Romero type zombies with guts hanging out and head shots a plenty with a pg13 rating.. my point is that the themes that are explored in the book and therefore in the movie are of such an adult nature it should be rated 18/R so as to enable an accurite portrayl of the world coming to an end.

  • Or is this just sort of a stream of consciousness rant?

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    thegoldbergv

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    We don't give chances here. We dish out knee-jerk reactions to anything and everything. We judge things in stark, black-and-white terms. Sensible discourse is a novelty at best, and not trusted in these parts. So, you're wrong, stupid, probably gay, and have a promiscuous mother.

  • Not 200 million. A 100 million. The kind of money pg-13 movies make opening weekend. Out of those five, four were comedies. The only r-rated non-comedy to break 100 million (barely) was Paranormal Activity 3. And that was made for a fraction of the cost they are spending on WWZ. Hell, this is the reason Mountains of Madness couldn't get made. If you are making an r-rated film that DOESN'T involve gross out comedy, it has to be done cheaply (or at leaster, cheaper). For every Dark Knight there are a dozen Dragon Tattoos.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    If "Walking Dead" were in theaters, would it be PG-13 or R?

    by ravenloff

    These days, even given it's TV rating, I would think it might be on the upper bounds of PG-13. This doesn't make it any less well done, for my part. The characters breath and the threats seem real. Do they draw things out? Yes, it's a series. What I'm asking is, would the language and level of gore warrant an "R" rating in a theatrical release of the same content? If no, then a PG-13 zombie flick is definitely possible. World War Z, the book, is very light on gore anyway. It's about the society commentary and it's realistic way of looking at a global pandemic of biblical proportions, as well as all the human failings and triumphs therein. Personally, I think they're going to fuck it up. The mere fact that they're messing with something as fundamental to the story as Yonkers gives that away.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Raven, R.

    by P

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 9:06 a.m. CST

    thegoldbergv

    by lochkray

    I agree that AICN talkbackers are given to knee-jerk reaction and hyperbole (and I have participated on more than one occasion). However, the idea of a PG13 zombie film reeks of studio planning, rather than creative thinking. To set out for a rating before you make a movie is flawed thinking. Studios saying, "Zombies are cool right now. We need a zombie franchise with an audience friendly rating. Somebody buy the rights to something with zombies, and get Brad Pitt on the phone" is a blueprint for creative failure. And that's what it sounds like what is happening here. Zombies are reanimated corpses that are looking to feed on human flesh. There is nothing about that concept that lends itself to PG13. However, again, I agree with you. We're mostly negative bitchtards that give nothing a chance, and then write the word "FACT" in capitols, like it somehow gives strength to an idiotic opinion.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST

    I couldn't finish the book

    by Rob Jenson

    Got about halfway through and put it down. No main charactes, not even any reocurring characters (up to that point), no real tension since we know from the first page the zombie uprising was put down. Just scene after scene of random people and societies dealing with the zombie uprising. That said, the movie could those problems. In fact, to be a good movie it pretty much has to. There has to be a main character and a sustained, tension-filled narrative or there's no point. Brad Pitt can't be to book-end the movie, he has to BE the movie. Him and the zombies. With him, and the budget and prestige he brings, this could be a really excellent zombie/plague movie. If it has enough heart, and the storytelling is right, it could even warrant continuation in a trilogy. I just fear that it will be cold, beaurocratic and sciency instead of tense and running from zombies the whole time. A govt-repsonding-to-plague story just doesn't back the same punch. So here's hoping for the best.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    A zombie pic that's PG-13 is like non-alcoholic beer ...

    by Daytripper69

    As in: what's the bloody point?

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    JAWS would NEVER be Rated R Today

    by Dursman2000

    Of course it would never be PG by today's standards because PG-13 didn't exist back then (instead, they put a MAYBE TOO INTENSE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN tag on it like they also did for TEMPLE OF DOOM and other movies back in the pre-PG13 era). The poster who said JAWS would need "extensive cuts by the MPAA" to even get a PG-13 clearly hasn't seen it in forever. Most of the violence is OFF-SCREEN. Many PG-13 films today would be Rated R 10 or 20 years ago. From the level of violence they allow (HANNA anyone?) to language, the rating is 10 times "harder" than it was in the past. Not saying it's going to make up for an R rated lack of gore, but let's be real here.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    The Thing About WWZ is...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    ....that the book is as much a war story and social drama/memoir as it is a zombie story. I think the movie has a fighting chance of being good without it being a Romero-esque Zombie movie.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    I hope it'll be good, but the rating makes me nervous.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • That's who I thought the director was supposed to be.

  • It's interesting because of the structure: an oral history of a zombie apocolypse written in the tradition of Studs Terkel's "A Good War." That's it. An amusing novelty. Unless the film does something interesting with the structure, I don't see it being all that memorable. But who knows. Jaws and Godfather both improved upon their pulpy source material. We'll see.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Could Pitt's involvement be leading to some of these terrible decisions?

    by PotSmokinAlien

    The December release = prestige, as opposed to an October release = popcorn fun, which Pitt sees himself as beneath these days. The PG13 rating = more $$$ because dude cannot have a bomb on his record. It's really hard for me to imagine identifying with Pitt as a protagonist these days, which makes me wonder if I've ever been able to. He gave a spectacular performance in TREE OF LIFE, but I think it was greatly aided by the fact that the kid was the protagonist of that movie and Pitt was supposed to be this larger-than-life figure to the viewer. Same thing with FIGHT CLUB— he's great, but it's Norton's story, and it's all about how he idolizes Pitt. But if you're going by Hollywood common sense, a globe-spanning action movie needs a relatable main character at its center, and a few shots of Pitt crying on the phone with his family ain't gonna do that for me. I've convinced myself. There's no way WWZ can work... let alone three of 'em.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Zompocalypse meet Jumbaco.

    by Embeedeuce

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST

    THIS MOVIE WILL BE SHIT

    by Rob

    Taking everything good about he books and throwing it out, leaving an empty shell of a story. The only thing that is the same between the book and movie will be the title.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I don't love the book as much as everyone else either.

    by Randy

    The way the narrative is setup gives the book serious pace issues, we keep meeting new characters and hearing their stories that it just doesn't all connect well. It's fine to do that in a novel, but in a film it could be really slow to do that interview style of storytelling. I have hope for this because of Pitt, but Forster is very hit and miss, I just hope it delivers on a spectacle level than anything else.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    This will single handedly kill the zombie genre

    by pikazerox

    For at least 10 years.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    beezbo,

    by paul burnett

    now youv'e got me doubting myself!! It's been a few years since i read it, and i had to stop every few chapters to check the news in case the zombie apocolypse had happened and nobody had bothered to let me know!!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    besides, the first movie ends with Pitt screaming JUMAJI!!

    by paul burnett

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST

    wes_reviews_

    by NightArrows

    Hey fuckface, Quantum was an outstanding Bond. I guess you expected more bullshit one liners, silly fucking nonsense and the lame overwrought horseshit that ruined things before Casino Royale came along, and subsequently saved Bond. Quantum was a fucking fantastic epilogue to Casino, and those who dump on it are tasteless pigs. As for World War Z, I've not read the novel yet, so I'm not beholden to the source material. If this movie works as-is, more power to it...novel be damned.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    This Marc Forster hate is laughable.

    by Knuckleduster

    This is the guy who made Stranger Than Fiction, Monster's Ball and The Kite Runner. He's a damn good filmmaker. But he makes one Bond movie that everyone doesn't like, and suddenly you fanboy fucks think he's the next Paul W.S. Anderson. Grow up. I just thank God that Aronofsky passed on that Wolverine movie, because you just know that a couple of years from now some rabid anti-social fanboy shits would have started calling him the anti-christ.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    enough already !!

    by Keysor Soze

    no more Zombie or Vampire movies please !! its been milked dry.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    creepythinman

    by lochkray

    An instruction normally can't be a "fact". Just FYI.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    hatedperson (freedom1234) ...

    by DrMorbius

    Next time please have your mom check your Happy Meal for the toy before you get home. Constant whinging isn't a viable option. lochkray: It's 'capital' fyi

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    AM I ALONE

    by PatientZer0

    In my opinion that World War Z was a WAY overrated piece of boring drivel? The beginning was cool. Then after 30 pages it just SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSUCKED.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    drmorbius

    by lochkray

    THANKS.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    wrong again subby

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    patientzer0

    by Rob Jenson

    right there with you. They will have to change the narrative massively to make it a watchable movie (which I'm sure they will).

  • Jan. 4, 2012, noon CST

    keysor soze, since they did Bratz live action you know it's only a matter

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    of time before we see Monster High: The Movie. Unfortunately it's not done.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    PG-13 Zombies?

    by thommcg

    But that's what people like about zombies - the gore! They're Twilight-ing it! They've ruined vampires, not they're looking to ruin zombies.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    What does shaky-cam have to do with realism?

    by Jaka

    And what do people think the Walking Dead tv show would be rated? <p> Right.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    But that's what people like about zombies - the gore!

    by ravenloff

    Wrong. I've read a number "critically acclaimed" short stories done by "notable" authors recently set in the zombie genre that were little more than gore-soaked, canabalism porn. Nothing else to the stories; no big ideas, no characters to care about or conflicts to resolve. Just gore, gore, gore. Nothing could be more boring.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    How can this not be screwed up if...

    by ravenloff

    ...they're making all the New York zombies walk all the way to Philly to fight the battle of Yonkers?

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Bane Story been taken down off here??

    by Witwiki50

    wow , i thought aintitcool was untouchable. i know warner said there is no truth in banes audio being corrected, but to have aintitcool take down their report os strong stuff

  • Not one mutherfucking frame do they cut.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Not a frame. So the lesson is tv is R rated.

    by UltraTron

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Which means things are just so fucked it's time to pack it in.

    by UltraTron

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    The main upside to an actual zombie apocalypse:

    by buggerbugger

    An end to having one or more shitty zombie apocalypse movies released every week of the year.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Here here

    by UltraTron

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Zombie fatigue

    by Kill List Hammertime

    And werewolves, vampires etc. I want some ORIGINAL monsters. Where's the Fred Krueger of our generation?

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    I say our generation

    by Kill List Hammertime

    Im 32 so my kids generation. Who's 16. I started young.

  • I'm 37 and my kid is 1. I started late ;)

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Ha

    by Kill List Hammertime

    Yeah I thought about it and realised I fucked up. And welcome to fatherhood mate. It's great. Expensive, but great.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Thank you, sir.

    by P

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Going up against The Hobbit for the family ticket?

    by Cleave

    Yeah right.. I love WWZ but I don't see the point of making it a hero action film. The protagonist was there to give a structure to the random stories. There were some great bits though.. If they cut the blind Samurai scene I'll be pissed!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    by Matt Adams

    I like what you did there.... Sounds like deep source material...perhaps it worth a read.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Krueger is a zombie, isn't he?

    by ravenloff

    A nightmare-inhabiting, dream-twisting zombie, but he's still a walking dead.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Ravenloff

    by Kill List Hammertime

    You could be onto something there. But at least he was a zombie with personality, and in the first movie genuinely creepy.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Where's the Fred Krueger of our generation?

    by KilliK

    What about Jigsaw? i believe it qualifies for that.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Hmmm

    by Kill List Hammertime

    Good point, but I was really talking about a supernatural creature rather than a horror icon. But yeah, just like Freddy he had one great movie then a slow decline into shit. I do think however that people know or remember the saws more for the gore and kills than Jigsaw himself. Imo.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Never, never, never, never, never gonna happen.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Who do they think they're kidding? I love the zombie genre, love it to death if you'll pardon the pun. But this first film isn't gonna be a massive hit - it'll do ok but it won't cause box office meltdowns from how fast the tickets are flying out lets put it that way. No way is Brad Pitt gonna let his image be permanently attached to the zombie genre. One great film? Yeah I can see it. Brad Pitt's zombie trilogy?? No way. Even if he can get sequels financed there's no way this is gonna end up as a trilogy.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    They should make a G-rated zombie apocalypse movie.

    by NeonFrisbee

    Also, make sure it's shot in 2D and then converted to 3D. Cause everyone LOVES that shit.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Gee, he directed Quantum of Solace... I'm so relieved... yeaahhh...

    by impossibledreamers

    Sorry, after watching that video of the guy zombifying in about 12 seconds - I could see the writing on the wall about this film's potential doom. But, I'm sure Pitt's fans will be happy with him being the dashing leading man. And he usually does pick good material...

  • the same can be said about Freddy's kills which usually were imaginative since they were happening in the dreamworld.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Yeah, agreed.

    by Kill List Hammertime

    But you ask people what they remember about NOES and 99 outta 100 would say Freddy. Don't think you could say the same about Jigsaw. Could be wrong, it was a good call.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of Resident Evil

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    Where zombies and the title are the only things in common with the excellent source material. God this will suck.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    =with the excellent source material=

    by KilliK

    the RE videogames an excellent source material? since when?

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    "Cock Chugging Thunder Faggot" is my new username!!! FACT!!!

    by OverMuch

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    A zombie movie literally done in the style of the Bourne films...

    by FluffyUnbound

    ...could be the greatest movie of all time. Don't give me any shakycam whining.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Although a zombie FAIL SAFE would also be pretty cool.

    by FluffyUnbound

    As would a zombie BY DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT, which would be similar to our zombie FAIL SAFE but not exactly the same.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    RE games are good source material

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    Scary settings, coherent plot, good characters, creepy music.

  • So lack of universal healthcare causes zombie outbreak and global warming empowers them...oh and the U.S. are evil capitalists... NO THANKS, HOLLYWOOD

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Pitt's great but PG-13?!...

    by Lord Elric

    PG-13 "zombies". And a Holiday release? Doubt this will go past one. MAYBE. Glad it's not MY money being spent.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST

    That doesn't sound too bad, but.....its PG-13.

    by Yelsaeb

    So no deal.

  • Have you read the novels; the S.D. Perry adaptations? They were good. What they should've done was re-adapted the books for the screen. How hard could that have been?

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 2:41 a.m. CST

    how about instead of 3 new zombie movies

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    we never make a zombie movie ever again?

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Films need more profanity. Anyone remember the eighties?

    by Nerfee

    When every fucker fucked and shitted his bastard way through the motherfucking picture.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Enough with "trilogies"

    by OutsideChance

    Not everything is Star Wars or Lord of the Rings.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    shaky cam

    by electraglide

    Haven't seen machine gun preacher.. what's the shaky cam like in that? Any?

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    WORLD WAR SHIT

    by SpaghettiWall

    "QUANTUM OF SOLACE" WAS WORSE THAN FUCKING "A VIEW TO A KILL" AND THAT MOVIE HAS A FUCKING DUDE AS THE BOND GIRL. NO, I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE ACTUAL DUDE THAT WAS IN "FOR YOUR EYES ONLY" BUT MAYDAY HAD A FACE OF A FUCKING HORSE AND HAIR LIKE A TRANSVESTITE RUPAUL. MARC FOSTER IS SO FUCKING BAD THAT HE MAD "A VIEW TO A KILL" SEEM LIKE IT WAS THE QUALITY SUCCESSOR TO "GOLDFINGER" WHEN HE WAS THROUGH. I'M SURPRISED HE'S EVEN GETTING THIS PROJECT (WHICH I HOPE FAILS) IT'S GOING TO BE A STUPID TONED DOWN ZOMBIE FILM BASED ON A BOOK WHICH IT DOESN'T GIVE TWO SHITS ABOUT SINCE IT HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED THEY CHANGED THE PLOTLINE ENTIRELY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ZOMBIES BEING INVOLVED. JESUS CHRIST.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    WWZ is different from every other Zombie Film.

    by cookylamoo

    Because the zombies lose for once.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 7:57 a.m. CST

    A truly unfilmable book?

    by DarkHawke

    Love all the Max Brooks zombie stuff, but can you really re-cast World War Z as a first-person real-time narrative? I mean, without destroying what makes the book great in the process. The piece is episodic by nature, which works great as a good read, but how do you capture all that works so well as being the story of just one guy instead of many different people in vastly different circumstances? You may end up with a nicely streamlined narrative that delivers a decent zombie movie, but it sure as hell WON'T be a faithful adaptation of the book.