I was checking in with various entertainment/ movie websites to kill some time at work today. I noticed that Aint It Cool News had a posting about the development of one of my favorite books that I’ve read in the last year, World War Z.
World War Z, written by Max Brooks, is about the survivors of the Zombie War. It follows one man’s encounters and interviews as he attempts to put together a timeline through survivor’s stories. It’s a wonderfully creative read and very engaging.
Brooks did a fantastic job detailing these survivors’ stories and bringing their words and horrific tales to life. The most enjoyable aspect of the story was that as the reader you aren’t constantly terrified, but interested in how humanity handled this problem. The mistakes made seem all to plausible. My only criticism is that the book could have been condensed a bit. Towards the middle of the book, the stories begin to drag a bit and there are some accounts that weren’t nearly as engaging as others.
Anyway, ever since 28 Days Later
came out in 2002, a zombie craze seems to have been sweeping
over the movie industry. George A. Romero deserves the most credit for the zombie being a powerful film villain to begin with. His Night of the Living Dead in 1968 set an industry standard, but 28 Days Later re-imagined the zombie as a vicious hunting machine that ran and felt no remorse, compared to the slow, sometimes laughable, zombie of Romero’s.
Brooks’ novel could be an interesting challenge to make into a film given it’s episodic and non-linear form, but Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B looks to be up to the challenge. J. Michael Straczynski has been tapped to pen the adaptation, and that’s a good sign seeing as he wrote Clint Eastwood’s new film coming later this year, Changeling. From what AICN is reporting, World War Z looks to be a very sad and heavy movie. Read more here.