After slating the brilliant J. Michael Straczynski (of Babylon 5, Silver Surfer, AND Forbidden Planet remake…awesome) to pen the screen play earlier this year, fan’s of the Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks and the late Anne Bancroft) zombie infused novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, now have their director: Paramount Pictures, according to SciFi.com’s Sci Fi Wire, has announced Marc Forster of recent Quantum of Solace to head the flick.
The novel is told from the perspective of Max Brooks, who is a United Nations Postwar Commission representative delegated to document the events that occurred after the war began. His papers are a series of interviews of people directly associated with the major events of the war, from those that encountered the epidemic as it began in China to those that lived through some of the ensuing battles that took place all over the planet.
After reading Brook’s very good first foray into the world of zombies, the novel The Zombie Survival Guide I bought World War Z expecting some of the same dead pan humor (which incidentally, I don’t know about anyone else, but I have been using the Guide as a training tool for the day when Hell has no more room for the dead…and they spill out on earth to eat us all! BE PREPARED FOOLS!). Instead, I was very surprised to get a very well written, dramatic book that not only scared the ever living shit out of me at night, but also had me shaking my head at certain points in attempts to remind myself that none of this actually happened.
My favorite “story” (interview) from the novel was the one about the Battle of Yonkers where millions of New York City zombies left the City and shambled down the Saw Mill River Parkway (pictured here), a natural choke point. Our nations military, which probably is the best trained in the world was amazingly over prepared to face a million strong horde where the only reliable way to “kill” them was with a head shot. At the beginning the US military might was extremely effective taking out waves and waves of the zombies (M1 Abrams, M2 Bradleys, Humvees, Commanche helicopters, F35s all seriously fucked the zombies straight back to hell)…but in the end the military lost the numbers game, eventually, amazingly, running out of ammunition! (I absolutely love this idea) as the zombies swarmed, killed and ATE them on live t.v. Yummy!
Forster’s resume (pictured here in a Swiss AID’s ad reminding people that “semen or blood should never go in the mouth” and for those playing at home, that also includes zombie semen and blood) is probably a good indication of how the film will play out. Having directed Stranger Than Fiction, Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball, I think he is a great choice to draw out the seriousness and drama of the book. Couple that with Straczynski’s writing and possibly Brad Pitt (his production company Plan B is producing) as the Brook’s lead and this could very well be the ultimate zombie flick.
Look for World War Z to hit theaters in 2010.
In the mean time check out this video of the movie that was created for a school project by some kids somewhere where it snows. Enjoy!