After lingering in development hell for around two years Paramount finally decided to move forward with their zombie movie World War Z, which is based on the novel by Max Brooks. In March the studio sought co-financing for the movie, which is expected to cost $125 million. Failure would have seen the project scrapped, but luckily for them they got it.
Now, with Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster at the helm, World War Z is on track to begin filming this summer, and Brad Pitt may have just found himself a new on-screen wife.
According to Deadline Mireille Enos, star of the AMC series The Killing, is in talks to play Karin Lane, the wife of Pitt’s character. The story follows UN bureaucrat Gerard Lane 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.
Zombie movies over recent years 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 World War Z. Having directed Finding Neverland and The Kite Runner we can probably expect Marc Forster to focus on the human aspects of the zombie epidemic, but there’ll be plenty of action with a budget of $125 million.