If you are starting to feel as if WORLD WAR Z has been advertised for ever, you are not far wrong. Trailers first started to appear last year in anticipation of a December 2012 release, which was then delayed for six months to allow for extensive re-shoots that involved scrapping much of the original movie in favor of a new approach.
The film had been in development a long time before going in front of the cameras; nevertheless, the green light apparently came before all the story issues had been ironed out. J. Michael Straczynski’s first draft reportedly stuck close to the novel by Max Brooks, which presents its story as an oral history of the zombie war; later versions moved the film toward a more traditional blockbuster action approach.
After a studio screening of the director’s cut, a consensus quickly emerged that the ending did not work. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof was called in to revamp the conclusion – a process that involved radically revising the movie, as he explained in a Vanity Fairinterview:
“I said to them, There are two roads to go down here,” says Lindelof. “Is there material that can be written to make that stuff work better? To have it make sense? To have it have emotional stakes? And plot logic and all that? And Road Two, which I think is the long-shot road, is that everything changes after Brad leaves Israel.” That meant throwing out the entire Russian battle scene—or about 12 minutes of footage—and crafting a new ending. “I didn’t think anyone was going to say, ‘Let’s throw it out and try something else,’ ” Lindelof recalls. “So when I gave them those two roads and they sounded more interested in Road B”—which meant shooting an additional 30 to 40 minutes of the movie—“I was like, ‘To be honest with you, good luck selling that to Paramount.’ ”
Crown Digital tells us that they’ve launched a new iPhone app to survive the coming zombie apocalypse.
The Zombie Survival Guide Scanner, is based exclusively on Max Brooks’ internationally bestselling survival manual, The Zombie Survival Guide : Complete Protection from the Living Dead (Three Rivers Press), that has sold over 1 million copies in the U.S.
“How can you be sure your friend is not a zombie? This new app is the tool that will save you from infection before they bite.
Available for FREE from iTunes, this app will let you scan ANYONE. Calculating in a matter of seconds, it will immediately tell you if someone is infected with the zombie virus or not—and if they are infected, by how much. “
See it here: iTunes.Apple.com
The silent video clip shows how the scanner app works. Crown Digital is part of The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House.
When the zombie apocalypse happens, isn’t it comforting to know that at least SOME pretty people will survive? Hollywood hopes you think so as it was announced that Brad Pitt would be starring in the upcoming zombie war retrospective WORLD WAR Z. Based on the book of the same name by Max Brooks, WORLD WAR Z tells the unique story of the human fight for survival against the infected – from initial outbreak to humanity’s ultimate victory – by way of oral interviews.
J. Michael Straczynski will be adapting the book into a screenplay and, while nothing is known for sure, rumor has it that he has added a journalist character to the storyline – potentially the Brad Pitt role – that will facilitate the book’s original interview format.
The film was optioned by Pitt’s Plan B productions 3 years ago and has been in development ever since. Plan B has also picked up the rights to Max Brooks’ other books THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE and THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: RECORDED ATTACKS. Whether these will be incorporated into the WWZ film or will be stand-alones has yet to be seen.