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World War Z

  Tags: action, Anthony Mackie, based on book, Brad Pitt, Bryan Cranston, David Morse, Drew Goddard, Ed Harris, Elyes Gabel, James Badge Dale, Julia Levy-Boeken, Marc Forster, Matthew Fox, Matthew Michael Carnahan, Max Brooks, Mireille Enos, Plan B Entertainment, ZOMBIES

The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.


June 21, 2013
September 17, 2013 (DVD)
Now On DVD
Paramount Pictures
Apparatus Productions
Plan B Entertainment
PG-13 "intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images."
Marc Forster
Drew Goddard (reshoots)
Damon Lindelof (reshoots)
Matthew Michael Carnahan
Brad Pitt
Mireille Enos
James Badge Dale
Julia Levy-Boeken
Elyes Gabel
Anthony Mackie
Bryan Cranston
David Morse

  • The film will reportedly have to alter a few minor details about the potential origin of the zombie outbreak in the story, as it currently points the source coming from China. In fear of China disapproving of this fact, the filmmakers are going back in to finger the source to another country. As silly as this sounds, China is really strict as to how their country is portrayed in movies, and since much of the film's money will come from Chinese audiences, the producers want to keep them happy. (4/2/13)
  • Apparently Drew Goddard did most of the rewrites for the third act of the script, which includes a brand new ending.
  • Damon Lindelof (Cowboys & Aliens, Prometheus) has been brought on board to script additional scenes for the third act, which will be filmed sometime in September/October 2012. (5/8/12)
  • Originally had a December 21st 2012 theatrical release.
  • On Monday, October 10th 2011, a SWAT team raided a warehouse in Budapest that houses weapons being used in the filming. They seized 85 weapons, which were mostly automatic, military-style assault rifles. Apparently the issue is that the guns came with paperwork claiming they were non-functional, however, they were actually fully-functional and in working order.
  • The film is reportedly already "over budget" and "over schedule." (10/11/11)
  • Actor David Morse plays "a prisoner living in an abandoned jail."
  • While shooting in Glasgow's George Square, a woman fell and was nearly trampled by several extras during a chaotic scene involving dozens of people running from zombies. Brad Pitt reportedly saw her fall and went to her aid, helping her up and to safety, avoiding potential serious injuries. (8/27/11)
  • Director Marc Forster had an interview on the changes made for the film adaptation, saying: "The idea, obviously the book is not written as a narrative, you try to take things from the book, but at same time you're changing certain things. I do feel we're trying to keep it in the spirit of the book because it's important. We are doing our own film, telling our own story because we had to. But trying to still include as much as we can from the book." As far as whether the zombies will be fast or slow, he added: "In Max Brook's book they move in the George Romero fashion. I feel like we have a little bit different approach. But it doesn't exclude that they might not eventually be fashioned how George Romero's zombies move, it's just a little bit different approach. I think that will probably be the biggest discussions that there will be."
  • The original premise was thought to follow more closely to the book, which detailed the aftermath of a zombie outbreak told through a series of interviews with survivors. Brad Pitt will star as a U.N. researcher conducting the interviews.
  • Bryan Cranston is said to have a "small, but flashy" role in the film.
  • Elyes Gabel (Game of Thrones) will play a character named "Fassbach."
  • Matthew Fox (Lost) and Ed Harris were in talks to join the cast, but Fox had to bail out due to scheduling conflicts, while there's no word why Harris didn't officially sign on.
  • Actor James Badge Dale (Rubicon, The Pacific) plays "an American soldier who tries to alert authorities that the zombie threat is real."
  • The story is set 10 years after the global zombie epidemic.
  • Mireille Enos (HBO's Big Love) plays Brad Pitt's wife in the film.
  • The studio was reportedly originally aiming for a 2012 summer release.
  • Brad Pitt (who also produces) will star in the film as a U.N. researcher.
  • The film will feature the book being written as the writer will make his way around the world interviewing people, adding their own stories as well as his into the book.
  • Brad Pitt's Plan B will produce.
  • J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) scripted a draft.
  • It's said that owning of the rights sparked a bidding war between Paramount and Brad Pitt's Plan B production company, with Warner Brothers and Leonardo DiCarprio's Appian Way on the other side of the table.
  • Paramount Pictures owns the movie rights.
  • Based on the new novel by Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide).

7/10 | Click here to read the official review from a UHM staff member.