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Brad Pitt officially bashing in zombie brains in World War Z

07.22.2010

Adaptation of zombie novel WORLD WAR Z has gone through some ups and down trying to get made so far, but it's come back to life in a big way with this latest bit of news.

Brad Pitt’s production company has owned the rights to the project since 2007, after out bidding Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way for it. But it was never certain that Pitt would star, until now. MTV confirmed with the book’s author, Max Brooks, on the show floor of SDCC that he’d just received a call confirming Pitt’s starring role while signing copies of Z last night.

"I can't believe how cool Paramount has been to me and these projects, and how cool Plan B has been," said Brooks when asked for his reaction to the news.

Brooks said the studio recently received a new draft of the "World War Z" script, and "Quantum of Solace" director Marc Forster is still attached to direct the film.

"I'm glad they took their time, and are trying to make the best zombie movie they can," said Brooks. "I'm so glad they stayed with the project and so glad they found the right team."

The book follows the saga of the earth as it’s ravaged by a zombie apocalypse, but reportedly it’s league cooler than almost any other zombie concept we’ve seen recently. And hey, no vampires to be found.

The film is currently set to be released in summer 2012, and now with a big star firmly attached, hopefully it can finally kick things into gear and actually get made.

Extra Tidbit: Get Angie in there too!
Source: MTV

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12:37AM on 07/23/2010
Tassi, I love how you say "no vampires to be found" like there isn't ten times more zombie movies toiling around out there.
Tassi, I love how you say "no vampires to be found" like there isn't ten times more zombie movies toiling around out there.
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2:16PM on 07/22/2010

Don't hate on me but ...

This book seems too intricate to make into a live action movie. The people who have read the book is making it sound like there is too much to put in an 2 hour movie, and there is no real charater Pitt could play, so it sounds like they are doing rewrites to add him.
This book seems too intricate to make into a live action movie. The people who have read the book is making it sound like there is too much to put in an 2 hour movie, and there is no real charater Pitt could play, so it sounds like they are doing rewrites to add him.
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2:11PM on 07/22/2010

Don't hate on me but ...

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2:10PM on 07/22/2010

This will work

Because Brad Pitt is in it
Because Marc Forster is directing and
Because zombies DO NOT SPARKLE
Because Brad Pitt is in it
Because Marc Forster is directing and
Because zombies DO NOT SPARKLE
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2:04PM on 07/22/2010
Please god no. Leave Angie out of it. Movies need Angelina like a fish needs a bicycle.
Please god no. Leave Angie out of it. Movies need Angelina like a fish needs a bicycle.
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1:08PM on 07/22/2010

to add on john lockes theory on whats to be shown

i really hope they show the story Japanese kid climbing down his apartment building by the balcony's
i really hope they show the story Japanese kid climbing down his apartment building by the balcony's
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12:23PM on 07/22/2010
Sounds great but I'd rather see someone else play the interviewer.. we'll 100% be getting the Yonkers invasion, the female pilot who goes down, the little girl stuck up north with her parents, the chinese nuclear sub mission, the celebrity safe house (with paris hilton and rappers blowing themselves up) and hopefully the blind chinese man with the samauri sword.. which would be incredible.

Glad to see this is in good hands.. it's an almost impossible novel to do justice to in a 2-3 hour
Sounds great but I'd rather see someone else play the interviewer.. we'll 100% be getting the Yonkers invasion, the female pilot who goes down, the little girl stuck up north with her parents, the chinese nuclear sub mission, the celebrity safe house (with paris hilton and rappers blowing themselves up) and hopefully the blind chinese man with the samauri sword.. which would be incredible.

Glad to see this is in good hands.. it's an almost impossible novel to do justice to in a 2-3 hour movie.. I agree with the posters below me.. mini-series on HBO/Starz please.
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12:11PM on 07/22/2010
Pitt would most likely be playing the interviewer, who doesn't see any firsthand zombie killing action. After that, I imagine he could play Todd Waino, the US soldier who sees action throughout the War. Frankly, I think the only real way to do this is as a miniseries. But the big stories they have to tell are the soldier, the female US pilot who crashes in zombie territory, and the Chinese sub captain (which will be unlike anything you've ever imagined as a zombie scenario, frickin
Pitt would most likely be playing the interviewer, who doesn't see any firsthand zombie killing action. After that, I imagine he could play Todd Waino, the US soldier who sees action throughout the War. Frankly, I think the only real way to do this is as a miniseries. But the big stories they have to tell are the soldier, the female US pilot who crashes in zombie territory, and the Chinese sub captain (which will be unlike anything you've ever imagined as a zombie scenario, frickin awesome!)

Marc Forster probably ain't the guy to do this. Quantam of Solace was boring and unmemorable.
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12:08PM on 07/22/2010
Yet to see Brad Pitt being in or making (producing/directing) a bad movie. Well perhaps one movie when I think about it; think its called "Dark Side of the Sun". Otherwise this guys name attached to a movie almost guarantee quality.
Yet to see Brad Pitt being in or making (producing/directing) a bad movie. Well perhaps one movie when I think about it; think its called "Dark Side of the Sun". Otherwise this guys name attached to a movie almost guarantee quality.
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2:15PM on 07/22/2010
I guess- Benjamin Button, Burn After Reading, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Seven Years in Tibet , Cool World, and Thelma & Louise don't count as bad movies...
I guess- Benjamin Button, Burn After Reading, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Seven Years in Tibet , Cool World, and Thelma & Louise don't count as bad movies...
2:40PM on 07/22/2010
Well, "Cool World", haven't seen that one but according to the imdb rating, that ain't a good movie. :)

The rest of the movies you named is quality all through imo. Where I count Benjamin as one of his top 10 movies, together with; Fight Club, Snatch, Seven, Babel, Twelve Monkeys, Interview with a vampire, Legends of the Fall etc.
Well, "Cool World", haven't seen that one but according to the imdb rating, that ain't a good movie. :)

The rest of the movies you named is quality all through imo. Where I count Benjamin as one of his top 10 movies, together with; Fight Club, Snatch, Seven, Babel, Twelve Monkeys, Interview with a vampire, Legends of the Fall etc.
3:09PM on 07/22/2010
Yeah I agree, the guy has done mostly good movies, including most of the ones freddyrich named down there.
Yeah I agree, the guy has done mostly good movies, including most of the ones freddyrich named down there.
12:45PM on 07/23/2010
Exactly, also to be added the movies he has produced; Kick-Ass and The Time Traveler's Wife. Both great.
Exactly, also to be added the movies he has produced; Kick-Ass and The Time Traveler's Wife. Both great.
11:38AM on 07/22/2010

The only recurring role . . .

. . . would be the interviewer. If that's who Pitt will play, he won't be bashing any zombie brains in. What else could he play that wouldn't be a small part? I like the Battle of Yonkers part, but it can't be TOO long. They need to include a ton of other cool parts. If they don't go the mockumentary route for this, count me very let down. Fingers crossed for the best . . .
. . . would be the interviewer. If that's who Pitt will play, he won't be bashing any zombie brains in. What else could he play that wouldn't be a small part? I like the Battle of Yonkers part, but it can't be TOO long. They need to include a ton of other cool parts. If they don't go the mockumentary route for this, count me very let down. Fingers crossed for the best . . .
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11:07AM on 07/22/2010
i like Pitt being attached, i assume he'll be playing the reporter unless they just completely change the whole format, if so i'd suspect they'd make him the Todd Wainio character and make the film mostly about the Battle of Yonkers and his other experiences. I really wish they would have just made this into a mini series on tv
i like Pitt being attached, i assume he'll be playing the reporter unless they just completely change the whole format, if so i'd suspect they'd make him the Todd Wainio character and make the film mostly about the Battle of Yonkers and his other experiences. I really wish they would have just made this into a mini series on tv
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10:54AM on 07/22/2010
Hope this turns out well.
Hope this turns out well.
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10:50AM on 07/22/2010

Awesome.

This movie just got waaaaay better!
This movie just got waaaaay better!
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10:35AM on 07/22/2010
GREAT book, GREAT star... I am counting down to summer 2012 right now!
GREAT book, GREAT star... I am counting down to summer 2012 right now!
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10:24AM on 07/22/2010
That's because Paramount is cool. They just are. They're good, just...good. The whole zombie thing suits Brad.
That's because Paramount is cool. They just are. They're good, just...good. The whole zombie thing suits Brad.
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10:17AM on 07/22/2010
Pitt vs. zombies? Shit yeah.
Pitt vs. zombies? Shit yeah.
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10:08AM on 07/22/2010

Very good news.

From Nazi's to Zombies, let's go!
From Nazi's to Zombies, let's go!
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10:08AM on 07/22/2010

Z

WORLD WAR Z is easly the best book I've ever read. I think the main reason why they took so long to rewrite the script is because of the complexity and the variety of the situations of the story. There's like sixty or so different stories in the book. Each of them taking place at different time and places so...
WORLD WAR Z is easly the best book I've ever read. I think the main reason why they took so long to rewrite the script is because of the complexity and the variety of the situations of the story. There's like sixty or so different stories in the book. Each of them taking place at different time and places so...
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9:59AM on 07/22/2010
Anybody notice how Max Brooks went from "they're killing my baby!" to "they're great!"? Hm.
Anybody notice how Max Brooks went from "they're killing my baby!" to "they're great!"? Hm.
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9:18AM on 07/22/2010

Great news!

I'm glad that they are finally moving on this. I had just about given up hope that it would ever be made.
I'm glad that they are finally moving on this. I had just about given up hope that it would ever be made.
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8:45AM on 07/22/2010

ohhh yeah

i really cant wait to see this...this is one of the best zombies pieces out there..i jst hope they get to keep the essence of it there..i hope they go more like a documentary route..and make each story a movie on its own...that would be awesome..hope they can combine all stories into a single sitting tho...
i really cant wait to see this...this is one of the best zombies pieces out there..i jst hope they get to keep the essence of it there..i hope they go more like a documentary route..and make each story a movie on its own...that would be awesome..hope they can combine all stories into a single sitting tho...
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8:34AM on 07/22/2010
My guess is that they either go live action and scrap the interviews or include the interviews and combine it with footage and (gulp) re-enactments? Door #2 would be a much more interesting route.
My guess is that they either go live action and scrap the interviews or include the interviews and combine it with footage and (gulp) re-enactments? Door #2 would be a much more interesting route.
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8:17AM on 07/22/2010
I doubt they're going to make him a reporter since the reporter character, while the main protagonist, mainly just walks around interviewing people. Oh man, I'm cautiously optimistic.
I doubt they're going to make him a reporter since the reporter character, while the main protagonist, mainly just walks around interviewing people. Oh man, I'm cautiously optimistic.
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8:08AM on 07/22/2010

Wow!

I've already mentally bought my midnight ticket.
I've already mentally bought my midnight ticket.
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8:04AM on 07/22/2010
Finally!!!!
Finally!!!!
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6:59AM on 07/22/2010
I was mildly interested until I read the words ""Quantum of Solace" director".
I was mildly interested until I read the words ""Quantum of Solace" director".
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9:22AM on 07/22/2010
And you get 5 thumbs down? Why? I felt the exact same way: Solace was one of the worst directed films I've ever seen in terms of action. Is that really so hard to detect? Jeesh.
And you get 5 thumbs down? Why? I felt the exact same way: Solace was one of the worst directed films I've ever seen in terms of action. Is that really so hard to detect? Jeesh.
10:06AM on 07/22/2010
It was a mistake to put down Quantum of Solace director. Marc Forster has actually made some good movies, like Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, The Kite Runner, and even Stay has its good qualities. Quantum of Solace may have been a failure on his part, but he made some good movies before that, and he showed some flexibility to explore different genres.
It was a mistake to put down Quantum of Solace director. Marc Forster has actually made some good movies, like Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, The Kite Runner, and even Stay has its good qualities. Quantum of Solace may have been a failure on his part, but he made some good movies before that, and he showed some flexibility to explore different genres.
10:39AM on 07/22/2010
thumbs down a for probably for the "mildly interested". it's a pretty beloved book and Pitt still has that Inglorious glow.
thumbs down a for probably for the "mildly interested". it's a pretty beloved book and Pitt still has that Inglorious glow.
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