New ‘World War Z’ TV Spots: Watch Brad Pitt and His Family Run Away From Zombies

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 27th, 2013 at 9:07 am,

What would it be like, to wake up one morning – surrounded by your loving family – and discover that a zombie epidemic has begun and was fast-spreading chaos around the globe? That nightmarish scenario is the beginning of World War Z, the film adaptation of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel that presents the zompocalypse from the perspective of two everyday parents (as played by Brad Pitt and Mireille Enos (The Killing)).

Pitt’s character, however, isn’t so much an everyman protagonist; rather, he works for the U.N. and (according to the WWZ trailers) is a specially qualified individual to stop the zombie virus in its tracks. However, in the latest television promos that Paramount has begun airing, that element of the plot is passed over, in favor of focusing on the more intimate story about Pitt trying to keep his family safe (in the face of fleshing-eating hordes toppling buses and zombie tsunamis spreading around the world).

Watch the additional World War Z TV spots below:

The structure of Brooks’ WWZ source material – a collection of interviews with the (fictional) people sharing their stories of survival in the zombpocalypse – always presented a challenge, as far as the movie adaptation goes. However, the decision to stray so far from the original novel in the film version has long rubbed WWZ book fans the wrong way.

Of course, a more conventional blockbuster where Pitt saves the world, in addition to his cute kids and beautiful wife, probably seemed like an easier sell right off the bat to the studio executives and financiers. We can debate whether or not a film adaptation that took a pseduo-documentary approach couldn’t have worked just as well (if it were marketed as being similar to District 9), but for the time being it’s a moot point – though, one possibly worth revisiting after WWZ opens in theaters…

world war z trailer brad pitt1 New World War Z TV Spots: Watch Brad Pitt and His Family Run Away From Zombies

At this stage, the bigger concern is that World War Z‘s tumultuous production will result in a stale and unmemorable zombie flick, rather than a more innovative variation on the over-saturated zombie sub-genre (see: Zombieland, Resident Evil, The Walking Dead, etc.). It’s for that reason that, so far, not a single WWZ trailer, TV spot or featurette has mentioned what the “Z” in the title stands for – lest, it risk turning off those who’ve more than gotten their fill of zombie entertainment.


World War Z is directed by Marc Forster, based on a script written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Damon Lindelof. It stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, David Morse (Treme), and James Badge Dale (Iron Man 3).

Look for the film in regular and select 3D/IMAX theaters in the U.S. on June 21st, 2013.

Source: Paramount Pictures

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  1. “What is this?”
    “I don’t know”

    Good! At least I’m not the only one.

  2. the over-saturated zombie sub-genre (see: Zombieland, Resident Evil, The Walking Dead, etc.).

    Zombieland: 2009 almost 5 years ago.
    Resident Evil: Are they really zombies? regardless has a niche following.
    Walking Dead: TV.

    How is there an over saturation of the Zombie sub-genre? Wait what was that zombie love story one?

    Regardless IMO there is not enough QUALITY zombie movies. The SuperHero sub-genre is over saturated way more then the zombie….

    • That’s because he’s only citing major releases that most people would be familiar with. There’s a new Zombie movie released on DVD damn near every 2-5 months..

      • Well heck DVD releases/SCIFi type movies are a dime a dozen. The only reason we have those is people trying to cash in on the proven money makers.

        Like the Kung Fu Panda movies, tornado movies etc when they were all popular.

        Any genre in that instance becomes over saturated just because people are jumping on the band wagon not because they are actual ‘legitimate’ movies.

        However most times the general populace has no knowledge of: Tappy Toes, Chop Kick Panda, Fido, Lincoln vs Zombies, Decay, etc.

        So while it may seem like over saturation to people that are familiar with the genre it is not really over saturation as most of them are very limited in release. With that we rely on people to provide insight to the movies that need support based on something that elevates them above the so called over saturation.

        I mean there are a lot of ‘indie’ and other films that when they were released could have been considered over saturation but because of acting/directing/writing etc presented us with some good names.

        As I said earlier though in reality the Superhero films could be considered over saturation as they are on the front line of releases throughout the coming years. Seems you cant turn around without seeing a Superhero movie. That is over saturation. Bad or good depends on your view on the Superhero movie. :D

  3. This doesn’t look too bad. I’m going to see this.

  4. I LOVED THEF BOOK SOOOOO MUCH AND THIS IS JUST A SAD MONEY GRAB, bummer. If you haven’t read the book do it because it is just great in many respects.

  5. People are really upset that zombies can run in this movie lol? I don’t know about you guys but zombies that can run are more terrifying. Think outside the box people, that’s the problem with American filmmakers.

  6. When driving my dad’s car to the dealer to be checked up.
    It dawned on me.

    His License Plate reads Waine 1.


  7. All the trouble with the filming and reshooting has me troubled. But I have to admit what little I saw in the trailer has me interested.

  8. still smells like sh*t – looks like they improved cgi – This does not change anything.

  9. It looks like they took out everything that made the book amazing. Also, you can replace the super-fast zombie horder with CGI water or lava and it would look like any other disaster movie.

  10. z stand for zombie.. what else could it be? right? hehe

    • zebras?

  11. Is it just me or does the CGI look horrible? It’s looked cheap to me in every trailer so far.

  12. I read the book and loved it. With that said, there is NO way the book would have translated well to film. So I understand somewhat why they shifted gears the way they did. I’m gonna at least give this one the benefit of the doubt until I see the entire movie. Never base judgements off of trailers.

  13. It’s “moot point.”

  14. world war zee???? zed surely?

  15. What is up with the World War Z Film and the Zombies running almost looks like they are flying or floating. To me it does not look right the way they did this. When I first saw the previews for this film I did not know what to make of it. Hell I did not even know it was about a Zombie pandemic. Anyone here think the zombies just dont look right.