As usual, December was quite a competitive month for movies with Mission: Impossible, Sherlock Homes, Tintin (in the US), War Horse, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo all competing for the Christmas audience.
Next year will be no different as we’re getting Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, the first part of The Hobbit, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, and Brad Pitt’s zombie epic World War Z. If Pitt’s movie manages to find an audience amongst all the competition it may provide the actor with his first proper franchise.
The story, based on the novel by Max Brooks, follows UN bureaucrat Gerard Lane (Pitt) who, in the aftermath of a world wide Zombie epidemic, is asked to compile a complete report on the incident. His interviews chart a decade-long war against zombies from the view point of many different people of various nationalities.
In a recent article by the The L.A Times it is suggested the studio is planning to make a series of films if World War Z is a success.
For Pitt, the big sci-fi thriller also represents his strongest bid to have a big film franchise of his own, which might be viewed as the missing piece of his career jigsaw puzzle. Forster and Paramount Pictures each view “World War Z” as a trilogy that would have the grounded, gun-metal realism of, say, Damon’s Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”
I’m sure many wouldn’t mind a Bourne/Waking Dead-style zombie franchise. Over recent years zombie movies have been fairly low budget (Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead cost $30 million in 2004), so there’s the prospect of seeing something much larger in scale with Marc Forster’s movie as it’s been given $125 million to play with. As the story is global is shouldn’t have much trouble finding a global audience (in theory), so it should make its budget back and then some.
As well as Pitt, the movie stars Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse, and will invade screens on December 21, 2012.