World War Z, based on the novel by Max Brooks, has been in development for around two years now. Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster is still attached to direct the film, which centers on a UN bureaucrat named Gerry Lane, who in the aftermath of a world wide Zombie epidemic is asked to compile a complete report on the incident. Brad Pitt is producing, and last summer he decided he also wanted to star, which pleased everyone involved.
With Marc Forster in post-production on Machine Gun Preacher (starring Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan) World War Z was expected to be his next project, however it appears unless Paramount finds a co-financier the movie won’t be happening at all.
The film currently has a price tag of more than $125 million, and the studio is fervently searching for a partner to share the risk. Our sources tell us that if they can’t find one, it’s likely that Paramount will pull the plug on the adaptation of the Max Brooks book.
Insiders say an eleventh-hour effort is being made to court frequent Paramount co-financier David Ellison (Mission: Impossible IV, Top Gun II) as well as another, unspecified investor. Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman insists to Vulture, “We’re really committed to making a big, kick-ass giant movie with Marc Forster and Brad Pitt.” Pressed on whether the studio would move forward without a financial partner, Goodman declined to elaborate, saying it was too early to tell.
You would have thought a PG-13 zombie war movie with Brad Pitt would be an easy sell, but over recent years studios have been trying to reduce the risk involved, and we’ve had causalities such as Guillermo del Toro’s At The Mountains Of Madness. Hopefully World War Z won’t be joining it, as it has potential to be pretty cool thanks to the talent involved. Plus, who doesn’t want to see a zombie war?