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Author Max Brooks talks about the movie adaptation of World War Z

08.29.2011

I can't imagine what it's like to see something you created get completely transformed by other people. But while fans of the book WORLD WAR Z haven't been too pleased by some of the alterations made for the movie adaptation, writer Max Brooks himself seems to be taking it in stride.

"There's no reason anybody should have optioned this for a movie, it does everything wrong," Brooks told the Daily Record while visiting the Glasgow set. "It doesn't have a main character, the storyline is told from a hundred different points of view, it would be prohibitively expensive filming in all these different countries. You couldn't pay me to turn it into a film. All I know is they have their work cut out for them. It is the equivalent of climbing [Scotland mountain] Ben Nevis on your knees."

"I'm not involved so I just want to be able to enjoy watching the movie when it comes out. At least I know they did at least as much research into things as I did for the book."

As the book's readers are aware, the original format was an "oral history" that collected anecdotes from survivors of the decade-long worldwide battle with the walking dead. The movie is taking a more immediate angle, putting hero Brad Pitt in a race against the clock to actively prevent the global zompocalypse.

And while he's cool with those changes, Brooks also holds no malice toward the mobile deceased: "I also had lunch with the zombies and they're great. They look very much like what my impression would be of new zombies who had not really begun to rot, kind of like phase one zombies. They have a zombie school, where they are teaching extras how to act like zombies, and from talking to people on set they have really put a lot of research into everything."

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Extra Tidbit: On his site, Brooks wrote that he was "still largely in the dark concerning the overall story", which as the creator of the source material must be at least slightly maddening.
Source: Daily Record

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2:22AM on 08/31/2011
I've never read the novel, but I would have rather had the movie follow more closely to it. I don't so much like zombie movies where the zombies just look like crazy people. I'd rather have rotting decayed zombies, though the 28 days movies were pretty good!
I've never read the novel, but I would have rather had the movie follow more closely to it. I don't so much like zombie movies where the zombies just look like crazy people. I'd rather have rotting decayed zombies, though the 28 days movies were pretty good!
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4:44PM on 08/30/2011
They could have filmed this like citizen Kane and made it work I think, though it would have been long.
They could have filmed this like citizen Kane and made it work I think, though it would have been long.
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12:08PM on 08/30/2011
I haven't read the novel, but that doesn't matter.

I try to judge books and their cinematic adaptations separately. My expectations shouldn't get in the way. If a movie is close to the source material, I'm glad; if it takes liberties and makes it all work on its own, I don't see why I shouldn't admit its quality, despite being different.

I don't see why a creator should want to re-create something exactly the same way someone else already created it.

In the end, whether I read the book
I haven't read the novel, but that doesn't matter.

I try to judge books and their cinematic adaptations separately. My expectations shouldn't get in the way. If a movie is close to the source material, I'm glad; if it takes liberties and makes it all work on its own, I don't see why I shouldn't admit its quality, despite being different.

I don't see why a creator should want to re-create something exactly the same way someone else already created it.

In the end, whether I read the book before the movies comes out, or not, it won't change the way I watch it. Otherwise it would be quite stupid.
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12:47PM on 08/30/2011
that's idiotic. by your statement, i could make a batman movie and call it spiderman and you'd be cool with that as long as it's a "quality" movie.
that's idiotic. by your statement, i could make a batman movie and call it spiderman and you'd be cool with that as long as it's a "quality" movie.
1:56PM on 08/30/2011
Why not ? Though, I doubt it would be quality.

I'm not talking about changing the whole thing, Im talking about being allowed to take liberties. I remember one time a girl said Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was crap because in the book he puts the dragon to sleep, but in the movie, he kills it. Who cares ? Yet, dummies keep complaining about that sort of stuff. That's what I meant. I you are one of those who cries for that sort of changes, then maybe you are just a pathetic fanboy.
Why not ? Though, I doubt it would be quality.

I'm not talking about changing the whole thing, Im talking about being allowed to take liberties. I remember one time a girl said Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was crap because in the book he puts the dragon to sleep, but in the movie, he kills it. Who cares ? Yet, dummies keep complaining about that sort of stuff. That's what I meant. I you are one of those who cries for that sort of changes, then maybe you are just a pathetic fanboy.
3:26PM on 08/30/2011
There's a HUGE different between changing a minute detail that has no effect on the outcome of the story (like you mentioned in your example) and taking massive creative liberties and overhauling the project.
There's a HUGE different between changing a minute detail that has no effect on the outcome of the story (like you mentioned in your example) and taking massive creative liberties and overhauling the project.
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6:33AM on 08/30/2011
Film will be mediocre at best.
Film will be mediocre at best.
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4:55AM on 08/30/2011
Am I the only one who has no desire to see Brad Pitt in a "race against the clock to actively prevent the global zompocalypse"?

Film the fucking book!
Am I the only one who has no desire to see Brad Pitt in a "race against the clock to actively prevent the global zompocalypse"?

Film the fucking book!
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2:42AM on 08/30/2011
It seems this will be World War Z by name only. Sad. I agree this shoulda been on HBO. I'm not gonna watch a PG-13 zombie film, are they fucking kidding?
It seems this will be World War Z by name only. Sad. I agree this shoulda been on HBO. I'm not gonna watch a PG-13 zombie film, are they fucking kidding?
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1:53AM on 08/30/2011
This is basically everything that the fans of the novel said when this movie was greenlit. I really don't understand how someone could think this would work BEST as a movie. A brilliant HBO mini-series with a budget along the lines of The Pacific/Band of Brothers? YES.. give me that. Once again, it's greed that wins out over artistic integrity. I'm still interested, but cautiously optimistic.
This is basically everything that the fans of the novel said when this movie was greenlit. I really don't understand how someone could think this would work BEST as a movie. A brilliant HBO mini-series with a budget along the lines of The Pacific/Band of Brothers? YES.. give me that. Once again, it's greed that wins out over artistic integrity. I'm still interested, but cautiously optimistic.
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