Well, this isn’t entirely surprising.
News broke today that World War Z, the Brad Pitt-starring, Marc Forster-directed adaptation of the Max Brooks novel might be evolving from a single-film adaptation and into a three-movie franchise, all of which will star Pitt as a UN fact-finder up against a world-wide zombie pandemic.
While there is only one World War Z book, /Film notes that the novel is segmented enough that it may actually lend itself to a three-feature franchise. Further, in case you haven’t noticed (or been paying the slightest attention over the past 30 years), movie studios have been developing and increasing jones for movie sequels and franchises. And a movie trilogy centered around zombies and featuring Brad Pitt as the hero/star? That’s essentially a guaranteed blockbuster franchise.
Reportedly, Paramount Pictures is looking to establish a World War Z trilogy as a combination of “the grounded, gun-metal realism of, say, [Matt] Damon’s Jason Bourne series” with “the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC’s The Walking Dead.”
While there are very few absolutes in the world, a trilogy starring Brad Pitt fighting zombies in a series designed to reflect both the Bourne movies and The Walking Dead… well, there’s a reason why people are hearing bizarre “ch-ching ch ching ch-chiiiiiiing!” exclamations all around the Paramount lot this morning.
What do you think of a World War Z trilogy?