Marc Forster, director of this week’s opening Quantum of Solace, has been selected by Paramount to direct the upcoming zombie flick World War Z.
World War Z is the 2006 best-selling novel written by Max Brooks about a future global war against zombies. It is written in the form of interviews featuring multiple survivor perspectives from all over the world recounting their individual struggles throughout the war.
The novel began its translation to the big screen early last year when it was announced that Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B Productions, would be partnering with Paramount to produce the film. J. Michael Straczynski, who wrote the recent Changeling, was selected to write the screenplay.
I haven’t read the book yet even though it’s sitting here on the desk beside me. I hear a lot of great things about it through my brother who’s a big fan of the zombie genre – maybe I’ll start reading it tonight.
The movie sounds like an incredible idea to me and it will be very interesting to see this kind of film in the style of a series of separate stories (different recollections of events in the many “plague years”). With the right cast and marketing, this could be one of the summer tent-poles of 2010.
World War Z is expected to release sometime in 2010 and there’s no word yet whether or not Brad Pitt will be acting in it.