I read World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War, Max Brooks’ New York Times Best Selling follow-up to The Zombie Survival Guide, back when it first came out and thoroughly enjoyed it. Even for non-zombie fanatics, it’s an entertaining read; I highly recommend it.
The title is absolutely ingenious (wish I’d thought of it, in fact) and execution-wise, segues quite nicely from the basic, zombie apocalypse framework laid out in its spiritual predecessor, the aforementioned Survival Guide.
I’ve been following the film adaptation’s development from day one but somehow missed the announcement at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con that Brad Pitt would be taking on the lead role in the upcoming film directed by Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, Quantum Of Solace) and based on a screenplay by veteran scribe J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5).
Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment, has secured the rights to Max Brooks’ other zombie works as well, so it looks as though we may see a prequel film of sorts if plans to bring The Zombie Survival Guide to the big screen carry through.
Since the Survival Guide is exactly that, a guidebook for surviving in a world ravaged by the undead, perhaps we’ll see an eventual film in the form of a nested, midquel that takes place during the events of World War Z, similar to the way the opening scene to 28 Weeks Later takes place during the events of the original.
Brad Pitt’s casting adds a bit of legitimacy and star power to the project. Handled correctly, I think the World War Z film adaptation, slated to arrive in theaters in 2012, has the potential to unseat Zombieland as the top-grossing zombie film of all time over here in the states, especially given the book’s phenomenal sales and sizable fan base.
Here’s hoping we get a killer adaptation!