Man, World War Z is such a good book. SUCH a good book.
When I heard they were adapting it into a movie, I was thrilled. When I heard Marc Forster was struggling with it, I was sad and when it got pushed into 2013 and several high-profile writers we brought in to do re-writes, I was very very sad.
This is one of those unfortunate projects that is making me wary by not coming out. The book seemed like such a home run of execution: an oral history of the zombie apocalypse, but the film looks to focus around Brad Pitt’s character, which means I’m not sure what story it’s telling anymore.
When Drew Goddard (director, ‘Cabin In The Woods’) and Damon Lindelof were put on the script, my perception of what this movie is supposed to be changed, because you don’t put the ‘Prometheus/Lost’ guy and the ‘Cabin’ guy on a script you’re trying to make a realistic oral history. At least I don’t think you do, I think you put them on some sort of gut-punch, twist movie where we invented the zombie virus ourselves by trying to … I dunno, what’s a stupid idea? After we tried to make male birth control, how about that?
Good thing I don’t know ANYTHING about the ‘World War Z’ re-writes or se-shoots. You know who does, though? Brad Pitt. He’s in it. Pitt was on hand to talk about ‘Killing Them Softly,’ which he produced but ‘WWZ’ talk starts at 1:48:
Ok, it’s a “monster of a movie.” I can go with that. And he’s right, re-shoots happen all the time (sometimes for stupid reasons that makes ‘The Words’ the big release of a slow weekend).
“There’s a lot of working parts,” he says. Are there? I have no idea what this movie is. I still kind of just want Ken Burns to go to town with the audio book and a good Google image search.
‘World War Z’ is currently in it’s 7 weeks of re-shoots.