Man - I was afraid this would happen. One of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time, I was so looking forward to how Max Brooks' apocalyptic WORLD WAR Z would play out on the big screen. But leave it to Hollywood - who hasn't had an original idea in a decade - to take one of the most popular novels in the past few years and basically dumb it down for the masses instead of finding an intelligent way to make the pseudo-documentary the source novel sets up. If this proves to be true, then director Marc Forster is really making Brooks' other zombie novel: the ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE, which would be cool in itself, but not nearly as radical as trying to tell the flashback-heavy story of WWZ. Read on:
"Sorry, "World War Z" fans: It seems that the movie, which will star Brad Pitt and be directed by Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace"), may be very different from the best-selling book by Max Brooks. And movie buffs on the Web are certainly rising up like an undead army to denouce the not-yet-finished horror flick.
The novel charts a U.N. worker's accounts of oral histories of a decade-long zombie war. The movie, according to bloggers who saw the press release, will take place as the zombie world war is breaking out when there is still time to stop it -- completely different from the premise -- and the timing -- of the book.
There had been reports that this atypical monster tale would certainly be a challenge to put into film. Paramont's seeming solution? As the AV Club sees it, "Make a typical zombie movie anyway."
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