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It seems that the adaptation of Max Brooks’ (excellent) novel, an oral history of the fictitious apocalyptic zombie war, is having trouble rising from its grave at Paramount thanks to a $125 million budget. Even with Brad Pitt set for the lead, that’s a lot of scratch for one movie that isn’t a franchise picture.
The studio is looking for a financier to partner with, Vulture reports. Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman told the website, “We’re really committed to making a big, kick-ass giant movie with [director] Marc Forster and Brad Pitt,” but refused to comment on whether plans would move forward if someone doesn’t step forward to share the risk.
There’s really no other way to put it: This sucks. There’s a really great story to be told in World War Z. Even if the film version diverges from the book’s approach of documenting the events of the world-changing event through a series of scattered survivor interviews with a more traditional narrative, the heart of the story Brooks created is a strong one.
Even if you’re suffering from zombie burnout, this is one book that’s worth your time if you haven’t read it. So do so, and then express your positive opinions on it loudly in a public forum.