World War Z had been in development for over a year with hardly any movement beyond the scripting stage, however in April Paramount renewed the option on the novel by Max Brooks for half the time and twice the money, which hinted that the studio were still eager to move forward.
Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster is still attached to direct the movie which takes place ten years after the human victory over a world wide Zombie epidemic. Brad Pitt was set to produce with his production company Plan B Entertainment, although according to Max Brooks he may now be stepping in front of the camera too.
Pitt’s production company Plan B Entertainment first secured the rights to “World War Z” back in 2007 after a bidding war with Leonardo DiCaprio’s company, Appian Way. The actor has long been rumored as a potential lead for the film, but Brooks received the call confirming Pitt’s attachment (and the other “Survival Guide” deals) while signing copies of the books at the Avatar booth tonight (Wednesday, July 21) during Preview Night at Comic-Con.
“I can’t believe how cool Paramount has been to me and these projects, and how cool Plan B has been,” said Brooks when asked for his reaction to the news.
Brooks continued to say that Paramount are aiming for a summer 2012 release and the studio recently received a new draft of the World War Z script, so we can expect further developments over the upcoming months.