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World War Z may not be so (un)dead after all

03.29.2011

We recently heard that the big-screen, big-budget adaptation of Max Brooks' terrific and unnerving book WORLD WAR Z had one dessicated foot in the grave due to cost concerns, with Paramount unwilling to front the required $125 million for an R-rated horror epic.

Things don't look quite so rotten at the moment, as Deadline says the project may be reanimated thanks to potential partnership from some willing financiers. If things come together, the project could start production this summer (although we're hearing groans that the studio wants a more commercially viable PG-13 rating, big surprise...).

The book is set in the aftermath of a global war between humanity and a legion of flesh-eating zombies, and is told anthology-style through a series of “interviews” with survivors. The film will presumably have a single main character as a conduit for viewers to experience the horrors.

Brad Pitt is still expected to star (his company Plan B is among the producers) and Marc Forster (QUANTUM OF SOLACE) will direct the cinematic corpses. The latest draft of the script came from Matt Carnahan (THE KINGDOM, STATE OF PLAY).

We zombie fans will need WWZ to counteract the impending influx of shamblers used for satirical purposes more silly than scary -- the endless list of upcoming action/zomcom movies includes BOY SCOUTS VS. ZOMBIES, PAUL IS UNDEAD, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS, R.I.P.D. and the romzom WARM BODIES, to name just a few of the higher-profile ones. Someone needs to bring more of the undead dread like "The Walking Dead" attempted to do...

Extra Tidbit: ZOMBIELAND and the DAWN remake were entertaining enough, but as far as I'm concerned, SHAUN OF THE DEAD set the bar that others should now be aiming for in this genre.
Source: Deadline

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11:18PM on 03/30/2011
First off the walking dead didnt attempt to do it that show actually did it. i dont know is you watched the first season but how can you call yourself a zombie fan and not like that show or graphic novel.
First off the walking dead didnt attempt to do it that show actually did it. i dont know is you watched the first season but how can you call yourself a zombie fan and not like that show or graphic novel.
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6:53PM on 03/30/2011
Hey captain Planet... f.y.i. im if you watch walking dead, you are already watching pg-13 zombie shit.. you can get away with allot of gore in pg13 these days.. but this movie should and better be R i agree with you there...
Hey captain Planet... f.y.i. im if you watch walking dead, you are already watching pg-13 zombie shit.. you can get away with allot of gore in pg13 these days.. but this movie should and better be R i agree with you there...
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2:24AM on 03/31/2011
Then you don't know jack about the MPAA. Sure they are liberal with the amount of violence in PG-13 but they would never allow the level of gore displayed in The Walking Dead. Are you friggen serious, dude?
Then you don't know jack about the MPAA. Sure they are liberal with the amount of violence in PG-13 but they would never allow the level of gore displayed in The Walking Dead. Are you friggen serious, dude?
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1:03PM on 03/30/2011

Walking Dead attempted?

Last I checked that show was well-liked and successful.
Last I checked that show was well-liked and successful.
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12:27PM on 03/30/2011

hope it does well

bc if one more $100 million R movie gets made and doesnt get its money back they wont be making them anymore. track record isnt good for R rated $100 million dollar movies. That is why the studios are so hesitant.
bc if one more $100 million R movie gets made and doesnt get its money back they wont be making them anymore. track record isnt good for R rated $100 million dollar movies. That is why the studios are so hesitant.
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7:58PM on 03/30/2011
the thing is: they don't even give them a shot anymore. when an R-rated movie doesnt do well, the blame is automatically placed on the R-rating, rather than maybe for the fact that the movie mightve just sucked. yet, when a PG13 movie bombs, they never blame it on the rating and always say they dont know why it failed (look at the weekend "the hangover" and "land of the lost" came out. 'The hangover' was considered a surprise hit, while the studio didnt know what went wrong with 'land of the
the thing is: they don't even give them a shot anymore. when an R-rated movie doesnt do well, the blame is automatically placed on the R-rating, rather than maybe for the fact that the movie mightve just sucked. yet, when a PG13 movie bombs, they never blame it on the rating and always say they dont know why it failed (look at the weekend "the hangover" and "land of the lost" came out. 'The hangover' was considered a surprise hit, while the studio didnt know what went wrong with 'land of the lost.' Studios are just out of touch with audiences. If there were as many R-rate movies released as PG13 movies, youre sure to have some that are successes. Plus generally, R-rated horror does MUCH better than PG-13 horror
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12:10PM on 03/30/2011

Your last paragraph

was the gospel
was the gospel
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9:34AM on 03/30/2011
I'm glad it's taking so long maybe I'll get around to reading the book for a 3rd time.
I'm glad it's taking so long maybe I'll get around to reading the book for a 3rd time.
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8:56AM on 03/30/2011
Wow, that's a breath of fresh air, after reading that crap yesterday about a possible romance zombie flick. Now if we can just do something about that PG-13 rating they're thinking about using.
Wow, that's a breath of fresh air, after reading that crap yesterday about a possible romance zombie flick. Now if we can just do something about that PG-13 rating they're thinking about using.
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8:17AM on 03/30/2011
Release an R version for 3 weeks, then release your (very unpopular) PG-13 version. Fans are happy and the studio is happy. Problem solved.
Release an R version for 3 weeks, then release your (very unpopular) PG-13 version. Fans are happy and the studio is happy. Problem solved.
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7:15AM on 03/30/2011
I will NEVER watch a PG-13 zombie film. Fuck. That. Shit.
I will NEVER watch a PG-13 zombie film. Fuck. That. Shit.
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5:50AM on 03/30/2011
I hope they walk away and the rights go floating again so someone can scoop it up for an Showtime series. That's what this story deserves.

More stuff like that Condition Dead movie I've been hearing about for years would be nice...
I hope they walk away and the rights go floating again so someone can scoop it up for an Showtime series. That's what this story deserves.

More stuff like that Condition Dead movie I've been hearing about for years would be nice...
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5:37AM on 03/30/2011
How could a PG-13 rating even be a possibility for this movie? I fucking hate Hollywood.
How could a PG-13 rating even be a possibility for this movie? I fucking hate Hollywood.
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4:16AM on 03/30/2011
They'd be retarded to pass on this.

Zombies have never been hotter. Then you add Brad Pitt in there and it's guaranteed $150 million+ gross. R rated or not.
They'd be retarded to pass on this.

Zombies have never been hotter. Then you add Brad Pitt in there and it's guaranteed $150 million+ gross. R rated or not.
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1:04AM on 03/30/2011
Anyone who's ever listened to the book on tape of WWZ will agree that its the absolute best zombie story written.
Anyone who's ever listened to the book on tape of WWZ will agree that its the absolute best zombie story written.
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12:31AM on 03/30/2011
The movie was going to be PG-13, I'd rather have no movie at all if it's a PG-13. The movie should be two parts Dawn of the Dead (The REAL Romero version not the action version with Sarah Polley), one part Return of the Living Dead, and one part Ken Burns Documentary. Make it happen.
The movie was going to be PG-13, I'd rather have no movie at all if it's a PG-13. The movie should be two parts Dawn of the Dead (The REAL Romero version not the action version with Sarah Polley), one part Return of the Living Dead, and one part Ken Burns Documentary. Make it happen.
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11:43PM on 03/29/2011
"The Walking Dead" is a great show.

If anything it has raised the bar on how to do Zombies properly.
"The Walking Dead" is a great show.

If anything it has raised the bar on how to do Zombies properly.
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11:12PM on 03/29/2011

hmm..

First off I resent your walking dead comment, the series is awesome...and I swear if they fuck up this movie I will never forgive hollywood, it needs to be R and brad pit sounds fine I guess but foster im weary about but who knows it might be great I do like who is writing the script, I wish max brooks wrote it though, read the book 3 times, I hope its epic.
First off I resent your walking dead comment, the series is awesome...and I swear if they fuck up this movie I will never forgive hollywood, it needs to be R and brad pit sounds fine I guess but foster im weary about but who knows it might be great I do like who is writing the script, I wish max brooks wrote it though, read the book 3 times, I hope its epic.
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