In a surprising move, Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster has been tapped to direct the zombie movie, World War Z. According to MTV, Forster will team up with screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski, who is also penning the script for the Forbidden Planet revamp. Both the director and writer seem to be on the same page in terms of how they want this movie to come across.
“We talk about it as a thriller, the closest comparison being ‘The Bourne Identity,’” explained Straczynski. “Most zombie movies to this point have been small, focusing on a few people in a house. And this has got real scare. You’re in India with hundreds of boats trying to get out of there with a tidal wave of zombies. The scale of what we’re doing here is phenomenal.”
This film is an adaptation of the 2006 novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, by Max Brooks. In an interesting twist, the book itself will be used as a plot device in the film.
“The fictional concept of the book is that its written by someone with the UN, so let’s tell that story,” he explained. “Let’s show the book being written. We follow this guy all over the world as he goes on these interviews, and he has his own personal story as well. You’re cutting between the past and the present, how he got to this point.”
No one has been cast just yet, but the movie is slated for release in 2010.