After being locked in the throes of development hell, it looks like World War Z, the Brad Pitt-starring adaptation of Max Brooks’ novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, is back from the dead (see what I did there? Back from the dead! ‘Cause it’s a story about a zombie apocalypse! Get it? Get it?… Ahem. I’m sorry).
After looking like it was simply going to be too expensive to produce, according to /Film, World War Z is back on—/Film reports that David Ellison’s Skydance Productions (the company that was the primary financier behind Paramount’s True Grit and the upcoming Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) could possible resurrect the near-defunct zombie apocalypse film for Paramount Pictures, as it appears that Ellison and “as many as two other financiers” are chatting with Paramount about financing the flick.
What’s amazing about this whole process is simply how long it has taken to green-light the project—think of it this way: a zombie apocalypse special effects extravaganza (profits, profits, profits) that’s rated PG-13, so just about everyone can see it (even more profits, profits, profits), and is starring Brad Pitt, one of the biggest movie stars in the world (even more even more profits, profits, profits). In a business driven by the bottom line, you’d think Z would be a winner.
What do you think of the World War Z news?