While at the airport recently, I picked up a copy of this week’s Entertainment Weekly. Brad Pitt was on the cover after all, and gosh… he’s just so dreamy! Anyway, the popular magazine calls the upcoming adaptation of World War Z “The Most Expensive Zombie Movie Ever Made”. Unfortunately, that sounds like promotional material for Cleopatra or Waterworld; which is to say that it doesn’t actually sound promising at all.
The original novel by Max Brooks received quite a bit of well-deserved praise and has become a modern classic of the zombie genre. However the film version has weathered a number of Terry Gilliam-esque production problems over the last six years; from re-shoots and plot changes to possible plans for an upcoming trilogy.
“After shooting in England, Malta, and Scotland, the movie reached Budapest on wobbly tires. There was debate within the creative team about priorities. Were there strong enough action sequences? Were they expressing politically interesting ideas at the expense of deepening the relationship between Pitt’s and Enos’ characters? Then there was the debacle with the guns.”
Be sure to read the rest of the article by Geoff Boucher in this week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly. Not only will you gain some insight regarding the production behind one of Hollywood’s biggest zombie films of all time, you’ll also learn who Mireille Enos is and exactly what they mean by “the debacle with the guns.”
There’s even a clever little illustrated field guide to zombies; from “Caribbean Old-School Zombies” to “Chinese Hopping Zombies”! So pick up your copy of Entertainment Weekly today, available at newsstands everywhere. Or visit the official website online for even more film and television-themed zombie news!