When Max Brooks created his amazing audiobook World War Z, which told the story only hinted at in the The Zombie Survival Guide, he crafted something truly genius. What Brad Pitt created was totally abysmal and so ludicrous my suspension of disbelief was obliterated.
It looks like a sequel to the movie is still in the works, and Pitt wants longtime collaborator David Fincher to direct. Fincher and Pitt previously worked together on Seven, Fight Club and the Curious Case of Benjamin Button…well, two out of three ain’t bad.
With Brad Pitt owning the rights, it was only a matter of time before the fastest zombie hordes that ever existed would once again be on the silver screen. The movie is such a departure from the audiobook that what made it so amazing is gone, and, instead, we’re left with a big budget action movie that just happens to have zombies.
World War Z was a character driven audio drama. You learned about the zombie war from the men and women who fought and survived it. The president and grunts on the ground were left to pick up the pieces. We learned how it all happened, when it went to hell and how the human race persevered.
There was no characterization at all in the World War Z film. Pitt’s character and his family were two dimensional at best and traded in deep thoughtful plot points for flashy special effects.
It looks like a sequel is well underway, but my guess is that it will be a replica of the first. If anyone wants to listen to me, and I am sure they don’t, they should at least try to incorporate some of the dramatic moments that made the audiobook legendary.
The good news is that Fincher is actually a really good director, and its possible he can talk some sense into Pitt when they hire screenwriters.