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Brad Pitt’s ‘Plan B Entertainment’ production company successfully won the bidding war with Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Appian Way’ over the screen rights to the Mark Brooks’ horror novel ‘World War Z’ in 2007. After almost five years of development, the ‘World War Z’ movie starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, and Matthew Fox is finally set for release in June 2013.

Judging by the freshly released World War Z trailer, the film looks terrific and the long development seems understandable.

World War Z Poster

Brad Pitt in World War Z

Plot,Budget and Shooting Locations

Brad Pitt is Gerry Lane, the guy recruited by the United Nations to travel the world trying to find a way to stop the pandemic that is defeating armies and collapsing governments as they try to prevent social collapse, and because of his appearance and the global war themes, ‘World War Z’ may be a reverberation of both ‘Fight Club’ and ‘Twelve Monkeys’, but it may also easily be better than both classic films.

The film is a dystopian tale of the post-apocalyptic war against zombies. Right, we’ve seen this many times in every possible form of entertainment, so it took a lot of creativity and originality to tell the zombie war story anew.

The novel ‘World War Z’ was written as a UN report, so the screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski basically had a hard task of reconstructing the story behind it. This surely provides a whole new, more realistic angle to the zombie war idea, and given the film’s international scope, the political undertones can also be expected.

World War Z is directed by Marc Forster, a Swiss director with movies such as ‘Monster’s Ball’, ‘Finding Neverland’, ‘Stranger than Fiction’, ‘The Kite Runner’, and ‘Quantum of Solace’ to his credit. Shot on a budget of $125 million on various locations, from Malta to various locations in Scotland and in Budapest, ‘World War Z’ is likely to be a James Bond kind of spectacle within the horror dystopian genre.

Trilogy and Release Date

Two more sequels are to be filmed in the following years, as the entire World War Z cinematic saga has been conceived as a trilogy. What is to be the first installment,  World War Z will hit theatres on June 21, 2013.

The film was originally set to be released on December 21, 2012, but the guys at Paramount Pictures probably didn’t want the 2012 Apocalypse to ruin the World War Z premiere…


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