Resident Evil: Afterlife, George A. Romero’s Survival Of The Dead, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies and 28 Months Later are just some of the undead flicks heading our way, proving that the zombie genre still has some, er, life in it yet. But what, pray tell, of World War Z, the much ballyhooed adaptation of Max Brooks’s best-selling doco-novel recounting a global outbreak of gutmunching? Well, trowel-wielding kiddies, fear not, because the man himself has told Fearnet we can expect the movie sooner rather than later.
“Paramount just renewed the option for World War Z, for half the time and twice the money, so that might signal interest,” he tells the site in an excellent interview that also covers his relationship with his dad, comic legend Mel Brooks, and how the horror and sci-fi community’s support helped make World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide into a publishing phenomenon.
As for the specifics of the when and the how of the big-screen version: “We still got our director, Marc Forster, who's raring to go. Were all waiting on Matt Carnahan's new draft, which should come in a month or so. Once that comes in then I think it probably will have to be tweaked and brought to the studio but we're sort of zeroing in on that moment where Paramount has to say yes or no.”
Brooks does admit that the scope of the story poses some budget problems. “You can't do a cheap and dirty World War Z. It's a world war, and I think that makes studio executives nervous. I think it limits its options, so that's running against it.”
But as Brooks notes, “the people’s love of zombies is not ebbing”, so once the number crunching has been done, let the gut-munching begin!
In the meantime, here are a couple of goodies to keep the taste of blood in your mouth.
A reading from World War Z’s “Battle For Yonkers” chapter.