‘World War Z’ Will Begin In December 2012

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:23 am,

world war z movie World War Z Will Begin In December 2012

It looks as though December 21st, 2012 will in fact be the end of days… that we’ll have to spend waiting to see some potentially cool literary adaptations and a new Johnny Depp movie.

Paramount has slated its pricy adaptation of World War Z for theatrical release on December 21st of next year. Director Marc Forster’s cinematic take on Max Brooks’ post-zombpocalyptic novel is being headlined by Brad Pitt – with some admirable names rounding out the supporting cast.

World War Z will open directly against Ang Lee’s 3D adaptation of the acclaimed novel Life of Pi and Disney’s Lone Ranger movie, which will star Depp as Tonto. Those three titles will arrive a week after Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey finally hits theaters, and four days before Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is unleashed. Suffice it to say, cinemaphiles of all shades are probably going to be spending a lot of time at the theater during the holidays next year.

For those not familiar with Brooks’ original World War Z novel, here is an official synopsis:

We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, ‘World War Z’ is the only record of the plague years.

Pitt will be starring in the World War Z adaptation as Gerry Lane, a U.N. employee who interviews and records the thoughts of said survivors from the war between humans and zombies.

Brad Pitt, on the set of 'World War Z'

While Forster’s World War Z movie has several things working in its favor (including respectable source material and solid production values) there’s been reason for fans to feel a bit uncomfortable about the final product. Some people just aren’t crazy about the idea of a star like Pitt in the lead – or having Forster direct, since action-oriented features aren’t really his forte – but the biggest issue raised so far has to do with Paramount’s plans for World War Z to be Rated PG-13. That’s frustrating news for people hoping to see a visceral and unfiltered representation of the zombie violence described in Brooks’ novel.

However, in the hands of a good filmmaker like Forster, less can be more when it comes to on-screen violence. Plus, World War Z is really more about how the human population responds to a global emergency on a political, social, and personal level – and less about gruesome zombie-related carnage. While there will undoubtedly be a healthy dose of war violence and action in the film, it should be more the sort of character-driven piece that Pitt generally does pretty well in (see: The Assassination of Jesse James…).

Judging by early World War Z set pics, the film is also going for more of an unpolished look than your average big-budget tentpole pic. The end result should be a movie that actually feels more authentic (its inclusion of undead monsters aside) and offers some realism, for those not in the mood for an epic fantasy adventure (The Hobbit) or a whimsical western (Lone Ranger) next winter.

To reiterate: World War Z will open in U.S. theaters on December 21st, 2012.

Source: Paramount

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  1. zombies and pg 13 just doesn’t mix

  2. I agree that zombies and PG-13 don’t mix but actually releasing more main stream zombie movies does more for the genre. With Walking Dead on TV, it proved that you can make a hit show about zombies on television and still manage to keep it kinda gorey. They’re probably going to take the same formula and apply it to WWZ.

  3. I can see this film getting totally lost in the middle of the others that will be coming out around the same time. The Hobbit, Lone Ranger and, Django Unchained all have a built in audience going for them. So where does a PG-13 zombie flick find it’s audience? During the holidays no less? Don’t get me wrong I want to see it but as it stands now it’s 3rd on my list of the movies mentioned so most likely it will end up as a rental.

    • I cant wait to see this, The Hobbit and Django Unchained but Lone Ranger? Id watch a Barney reunion before that.

  4. The PG-13 will sanitize it thanks to the thuggish MPAA. Also, if it aired on AMC or FX, it would be given free reign.

  5. So the discussion now centers on casting. Pitt is going to be the merc. I’d like to see Mariska Hargitay as the chopper pilot, Ken Watenabe as the blind swordsman, and Allen Alda as the administrator.

  6. Having a PG13 Zombie movie is like attempting a PG13 porno. No fan of the original source material will be satisfied with the end product. I hate the fact that the studio is turning this great book into a PG13 dulled down version of the book just so they could get kids to attend the showing.

    There should be some basic common sense rules Hollywood should follow. If the original source material is rated R, then the movie adaptation should be rated R. If the source material is PG the the movie adaptation should be PG.

    Enough with the cheap excuses and the “less is more” lies. The director caved in to the moronic studio execs because the execs want to make money , not make a good movie. Oh Well, the 35 more years the World War Z movie “remake” will be rated R (Hopefuly)World War Z-The Apology coming in 2047. That is long time to wait.

    • You know: filmmakers managed to make plenty of horrific and ATMOSPHERIC pictures back in the days before ‘R’ ratings (Jaws was something like an ‘A’ film – that’s PG – and that scared the pants off me over many years!)

      They even managed to make such good films in the days *before* you were allowed to show very graphic violence on screen; or much in the way of gore; &before special effects were sufficiently advanced to make all this possible. So – what are you looking for – 100 Days Of Zombie Sodom? :S

      Anyway: I thought all the kids (teens) watched stuff like Night Of The Living Dead.. why not let them into this one, too? :)

      • I don’t disagree that there have been some terrifying horror films that don’t have gore but zombies and gore have been synonymous since Romero changed the genre in ’68.

        Also Walking Dead is hugely successful right now and it is hard R gory. The studio is seriously underestimating the zombie movie fan base by releasing this as PG-13.

    • And yet at the end, the executives plan worked. This should have been rated r but now its inspiring Sony to do a pg 13 robocop.

  7. Ya sorry fans. Turns out they decided to re-write the whole thing. Now it’s basicly a movie named World War Z rather then one bassed on the book. Pitt is now some UN Super Solder racing against time to STOP the zombie war. Aparently the book was to hard to copy so they threw it out the window. They even changed the zombies, which can aparently run now, instead of the slow ones the book had.
    Thanks Paramount!….

  8. pg 13 wtf i was excited about this movie until i read that,,,

  9. truth will come out


  10. Yeah great. 48 Months later zombies and a stinky kid rating. I think I’ll go watch Star Wars episode VII, Ewoks and Jar Jar by Disney.

    • pinche feo.

  11. Jesus is a biscuit.Let him soak you up.

  12. Apparently, complaining here about pg 13 here didn’t stop others from makin it a success. Should have been r.