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...
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