Brad Pitt in ‘World War Z’ Set Pics: Zombies Invade the Middle-East

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2013 at 9:24 am,

world war z movie Brad Pitt in World War Z Set Pics: Zombies Invade the Middle East

Almost three years after he originally became attached to the project, Marc Forster has at last begun production on an adaptation of Max Books’ global zombie pandemic novel, World War Z.

Paramount managed to prevent the whole cinematic endeavor from collapsing a few months back by recruiting additional financiers for the costly $125 million project. Filming is currently taking place overseas in the Republic of Malta, which is standing in for Israel – the only country that closes its borders and instills a nationwide quarantine against the zombie hordes in Brooks’ original novel. The production will also be moving on to the UK and Hungary in the future.

World War Z was scripted for the big screen by comic book author/screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski (Thor) and Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom). Going off their collective resume, the two seem well-positioned to capture the global scope and realistic tone of Brooks’ source material.

Based on the first images to emerge from the World War Z shoot in Malta, that is very much what Forster and his production crew have in mind, too. Chances are good that if you didn’t know any better, you would think the following pictures of Brad Pitt as U.N. worker Gerry Lane – navigating the masses near the outskirts of Israel and passing by corpses being hauled off into the air – were taken from the set of an authentic Middle-East war movie.

Check out said set pics (via The Daily Mail) in the gallery below:


Financial hits like Mr. and Mrs. Smith or the Ocean’s 11 trilogy aside, Pitt’s filmography is by and large composed of either more serious or artistic projects when you really look at it (case in point: Pitt’s starring vehicles this year alone include Tree of Life and Moneyball). Judging by the roles he’s previously taken on, Pitt has long been more interested in working as a legitimate character actor – and not just a handsome A-lister.

I bring all that up to say: Seeing him with scraggly long hair, making his way past huddled crowds (and piled zombie corpses) in these World War Z set images, it appears that Pitt will once again bring more than just celebrity appeal to the table.

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While World War Z is being fashioned as a PG-13 Rated release, that doesn’t mean the film won’t offer a fittingly unflinching portrayal of the post-zombie invasion world. Brooks’ novel isn’t so much about the gory killing or undead carnage, anyway; rather, it’s a (admittedly, often less-than-subtle) political allegory that examines certain contemporary issues or concerns through the lens of a monster invasion tale.

Forster tends to excel more at crafting gritty character-oriented dramas (see: Monster’s Ball, The Kite Runner) than action-packed romps like Quantum of Solace. World War Z will be somewhat of an intermediary between the two, since it’ll definitely focus largely on the personal drama in the aftermath of the zombie war – but should also include flashbacks to the actual battles between humans and the undead. So hopefully the end result will be all the better for it.

World War Z is aiming to reach theaters by (possibly) Summer 2012. We’ll let you know when it has secured an official release date.

Source: The Daily Mail

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  1. I really hope they do this right, I loved the book and am really interested in how the will adapt it to film.

  2. PG-13? Whaa?! I’ve never seen a PG-13 zombie movie. Well, as long as it gets good reviews I’ll watch it.

    • Its not going to be pg13. That was a facebook rumor. Paramount confirmed; hard R.

      • It better be R. cant imagine how you would do it otherwise!

  3. Since when did $125 Mil become a lot for a movies budget? All other Comic Book based film productions are more then this aren’t they?

  4. While I didn’t make it all the way through the book, I’m having difficulty seeing how they’re making this into a film. It’s been a few years, but wasn’t the book just a bunch of interviews by survivors of the apocalypse? How do you transfer into a film format?

    • That’s pretty much what it was. And I have the same questions. I have heard the script was leaked online and seems well done but I’m not one who likes to know the whole film before I see it. Even if I read the book. Hope it’s good though.

    • This is probably one of those movies that will deviate quite a bit from how the book was written (with good reason). I would expect them to construct the story from the interviews so it will stay true to the context of the general story.

    • I hope they keep some of the more memorable parts like the government F@#$ up at Yonkers or the genesis of of the South African plan. Priceless “I thought they had come to kill me before the end. But then I saw they were black and white and they asked me for help” The question is, can a movie be as unflinching politically as the book was.

  5. The book sucked. It was dull. I remember reading it on holiday and it took me months to finish it when I got back because I just couldn’t get in to it. I read the screenplay too and that was a big imrovement. If they film the script as it was then you’re all in for a treat. It will do for zombie movies what THE DARK KNIGHT did for superhero flicks.

  6. It looks so bloodless. Pass.

  7. PG-13 Zombies? This movie has already failed.

  8. Great book with gore and cursing….this movie will fail on the PG-13 alone. I haven’t watched a PG-13 horror film for years now.

    • heres my only issue with that can you make commentary on a such a grand scale in a PG-13 movie? Can you send a powerful message something that should be remembered where you are held back? Where you have to “smooth the edges” to make it fit for a broader audiance? Then what’s the point? Where is the art in the filmmaking? It has to be a combination of both horror with a message like we’ve never seen for it to work and I don’t think it work in restricted PG-13 setting. Not saying R is all that much more free but its closer.

      • that was for “the old man” lol sorry

  9. It’s likely to fail with the blood thirsty horror crowd but I think they missed the point that the trope is just window dressing for the social commentary subtext. Their are a few that believe that the zombie phenom is a allegory for a much deeper and more realistic set of problems of the human condition…

  10. good movie to watch!as long as it stars brad pitt,it would be great!

  11. Low budget for a massive movie like this and PG-13 so far not so good. Odds are getting better and better that it is going to fall completely flat. At this point I’m actually starting to think that a weekly tv show on HBO would be better. There is no way whatsoever that you can take this book and make it PG-13 I’m sorry part of the appeal is the absolute destruction and gory deaths of people and armies no way that’ll show through in a PG-13 movie. Battle of Yonkers PG-13?…NOPE It will suck you can’t show the most powerful images such as the massive human suffering correctly in a PG-13 movie… Hopefully I’m wrong hopefully because I was more excited than anyone about his movie and now… I don’t know… We’ll just have to see I guess

  12. Alright i’m sick and tired of film makers dumbing down movies to push them for a PG-13 rating. At what point did they decide a book that describes in detail People having their insides ripped out and eatin, and peoples faces being bitten off needed to be seen by children in the first place? THIS ISN’T A KIDS MOVIE! Don’t you F**k me on this one Max Brooks.

  13. Its not going to be pg13. That was just some trolling facebook rumor. It was confirmed by paramount to be fake. They confirmed a hard R.

  14. I cannot wait until 2012 dec 21… Another year to go and hopefully the world doesn’t blow up, unless it is a zombie kind of blow up.