NEWS: WORLD WAR Z stumbling closer to big screen [with Brad Pitt at the head of the pack]
This is a tough one to make into a movie. Maybe tougher than A Kiss Before Dying.
But apparently [after the studios were walking circles, moaning about the cost, the risk, the fear etc], they’ve found some very rich people to put some of their money into the budget. And as the book is all about the end of the world, or the near-end of the world, then the budget better be pretty fucking large.
But then there are problems. First, Brad Pitt. The book is framed by a guy from the UN giving a report 10 years after the Zombie War, and going around to all these different countries and interviewing people. Is this gonna be the Pitt role? We’re not sure what else he could do that would give him decent screen time. Play every interviewee? Can he be Chinese? Or African? There could be some stormy waters ahead if they choose to go down that road. Let’s hope not.
So what kind of structure would this film have?
In the book there’s no real narrative that could be adapted into a blockbuster – you only learn what happened in the war from the people being interviewed – so they can’t go that route. How about a fake-documentary? It could work, but it’s been done before, and it gets tiring after a while. You can read it in a book and it’s interesting and funny and all that, but on screen you have to have something more visual, right?
What are they gonna do? Will there be zombie action?
Well, the director is Marc Forster, so probably not. If you don’t know the name, he’s the guy who directed the last Bond film, the one with the shit car chase at the start, and Monsters Ball, with Billy Bob, Halle Berry and that couch. Can he deliver action? Will he have to?
There are a couple of battles in the book – the first one in New York, which doesn’t go well, and the second when the US forces adapt to the zombie style of fighting and shoot more slowly at their heads. See, apparently zombies have no fear of death so they don’t get demoralised when the zombie next to them has his face blown off. That’s why they’re so fucking tough, they just keep on coming.
Anyway, both of these battles should be in the film. And if they’re not, then it’s a documentary.