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World War Z script!

03.27.2008by: Mike Catalano
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A positively glowing review for the script adapted from Max Brook’s novel, WORLD WAR Z, has just been posted at Ain’t It Cool News. This is a welcome surprise seeing as how I thought that this millenium’s “Well of Great Zombie Films” (ie Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later) had all but dried up. Apparently, according to the review by Mr. Moriarty, the BEST has yet to come! He is so convinced of WORLD WAR Z’s adaptation, by J. Michael Straczynski, that he dares to deem it Oscar-worthy! Check out this quote:

“Now who's going to step up and direct WORLD WAR Z and turn it into the Oscar bait it should be? Peter Jackson? Sam Raimi? This demands a big name who can handle a big picture. This isn’t just a good adaptation of a difficult book... it’s a genre-defining piece of work that could well see us all arguing about whether or not a zombie movie qualifies as “Best Picture” material.”

Wow, alrighty then. Thems be some mighty strong words from a well-respected movie hound. My only question is, if the script is so great then why hasn’t anyone been attached to direct yet? My best guess is that it’s still in the opening stages. I bet we’ll start hearing director news pretty soon. I mean, there was a HUGE bidding war over this script between Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio's production companies (Plan B and Appian Way). Paramount eventually came out the winner with Pitt’s Plan B producing. So it MUST be awesome, right? What do you think? For now, chomp on the novel’s synopsis:

Ten years after the human victory over the world wide Zombie epidemic, referred to as World War Z, an anonymous editor scours the world collecting the stories and experiences of those who have survived the conflict that almost eradicated humanity.

Definitely sounds intriguing. No official release date is set yet, but I'll be sure to keep you posted once more office news arises... from the grave.

Melinda Clarke played a zombie in RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAAAASSS! ASS! ASS!

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7:20AM on 03/31/2008

awesome

World War Z is such an amazing book, I hope that they do good with this movie, and it sounds like they will.
World War Z is such an amazing book, I hope that they do good with this movie, and it sounds like they will.
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