It’s about time we had some more news on the World War Z movie. The last we heard, in late April, Paramount had refreshed their option on Max Brooks’ book, Marc Forster was still attached to direct, and Brad Pitt’s Plan B were producing. Okay – but what’s next?
Paramount have now pencilled in a schedule for the film, and are eyeing a 2012 release date sometime in the Summer. It’s going to be a big film for them, and it will need a big film’s release date. Such summer tentpoles tend to come with big stars, too, but luckily, producer Brad Pitt has one of the biggest readily available: himself.
We knew Pitt could see the quality in this material the second that Plan B became involved. By being prepared to now leap in with both feet like this and become, essentially, the public face of the film, I’d imagine he’d have to be very pleased with how development is coming along.
The book is structured as a series of separate oral histories from the global zombie war, with the author as the only recurring character. Therefore, the lead role the film would effectively be an analogue for Brooks himself. Jon Ronson probably felt rather flattered when Ewan McGregor was cast as his proxy in The Men Who Stare at Goats, but I’d expect finding out that Brad Pitt is going to play “you” must trump that. This is Robert Redford as Bob Woodward-level stuff.
Our source on all of this must remain completely top-secret… and in completely unrelated news, you should know that Max Brooks will spend all of Comic-Con signing at the Avatar Press booth, numbered #2701. Why not stop by and ask him what it is he’s got against potatoes.