‘World War Z’ Featurette – The Cast and Director Still Won’t Say the ‘Z’ Word

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Paramount’s World War Z movie adaptation is a strong contender that should put up a good fight in the battle for box office supremacy during the 2013 Summer Blockbuster season. However, assuming that actually happens, it will be despite the film bearing only a cosmetic resemblance to its acclaimed source material, a much-publicized troubled production that included long reshoots and third act script rewrites, and a marketing campaign that refuses to acknowledge what the ‘Z’ in the title stands for (spoiler: it’s for Zombie).

Case in point: we have a new World War Z featurette that combines what is primarily just previously-released trailer footage and interviews with director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), in addition to the leads Brad Pitt and Mireille Enos (The Killing), talking up the globe-trotting action-thriller as the ultimate summer experience, in which Pitt must save the world from… some kind of epidemic that makes people run around en masse like human tidal waves.

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Brad Pitt in ‘World War Z’

The sheer amount of action and set pieces – not to mention lines of dialogue like “Mother Nature is a serial killer, no one’s better” – featured in the World War Z footage released so far, seems enough to provide a fair assessment of the movie. Basically, Forster and the screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom, Lions for Lambs) are mostly passing on the socio-political commentary in Max Brooks’ source novel, with the cinematic interpretation being something that calls more for popcorn-munching than thought.

Basically, Pitt’s World War Z looks to be to Brooks’ book what Will Smith’s I, Robot is to Isaac Asimov’s source novel – and, in all fairness, there are much worse types of blockbusters out there. Take it or leave it at that.


World War Z opens in U.S. theaters on June 21st, 2013.

Source: Paramount

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  1. What I love about the book is that each little story carries so much weight. Brooks pulls out so many “What If?” questions and builds interesting stories around them. I love the story about the Chinese submarines as much as I love the stories about the pilot lost in the swamps.

    The problem I have with this movie, regardless if they ever use the word Zombie or not, is that it seems to be ONE movie with ONE character. The book is entirely made up of flashbacks, which I understand would be impossible to adapt to film. I just can’t see how Pitt’s character can run into all of the REAL characters of the story and recount their experiences.

    I think that the book would have made a better adaptation to TV, as a series. Then you could focus on every story, third person or not, and really dive into the personal accounts of each person. Right now, these guys are trying to hype up this movie as an I Am Legend story, when they have all this rich material that could make a TV series be filmed in so many awesome perspectives. It’s sad.

    I doubt I’ll be waiting in line Thursday night to catch a midnight showing. This looks more like Saturday morning matinee to me.

  2. DARK KNIGHT stands for Batman, MAN OF STEEL for Superman, and “Z” for Zombi. It’s like “code” in a way; like, saying these movies are not for children — but, of course, without saying that and risk hurting the box office.

    Click the link above which is my name. You’ll land on the website where my novel BLACK RUSH is featured. While the book’s central concern is vampires arriving on a slave ship in 1750 then surviving into the 20th Century, the narrative threads insist the story play more like episodic television than a feature film.

    When a movie star like Brad Pitt injects himself into a novel’s film adaptation, it’s nearly impossible for a profit-hungry studio to deny his involvement or requests. What should be a TV series is not; and what is a movie…maybe shouldn’t be. We’ll see.

    • well i guess he should have been involved in interview of the v then, i can already see this movie doing well in box office! but i have met max brooks and his work should be appreciated! or they should title it something else and not have brooks fans showing up to a let down! if people love the book, stick to the book! if you wanna make a different story and try and attract the same fans do it like the walking dead! which is fresh all the while maintaining the characters to a certain degeree! nobody was afraid to call “the dark knight” a batman movie. mostly because the original was called BATMAN begins! if your ashamed of your movie, dont make it!

    • your book could be great! but its a vampire novel all the sane! dont deny that or your lying to yourself!

    • and your demographic!

  3. Sighhh…
    What should be a major event for fans of the Zombie genre has become almost sad.
    I want to be excited, I wait for new footage with the hopes of seeing a glimpse of promise but with less than 2 months until it’s release I can’t ignore the feeling that World War Z will come and go without much fanfare and it’s only legacy will be that studios will think that if a Zombie flick staring Brad Pitt can’t succeed, none will. :(

  4. More like World War Zzzz…Brad Pitt character clearly dies at the end saving his family, same ol´same ol´

    • Maybe you should go see the movie…

  5. Just trying to piggyback off of the popularity of The Walking Dead. Zombies are the It thing this year. What will be next?

  6. World war z I total want to watch this movie…I love zombies and Brad Pitt…lol

  7. Zombies that have super strength and run at full speed are the scariest type of them all.

  8. AngryDemon Yes, and probably can fly …. lol