In a strange little bit of irony, things were looking rather apocalyptic on the set of World War Z earlier in the year. Reshoots, even more reshoots, studio mandated plot changes and on-set conflicts abounded. It was not a happy place.
But with the first trailer for the film dropping this coming Thursday, it looks like Paramount and star/producer Brad Pitt have finally got their zombies in a row, and thanks to Entertainment Tonight, we’re getting a sneak peek at all the zombie madness. And trust me, it’s a whole lot of zombie madness.
Based on Max Brooks’ best-selling novel “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” the story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Mireille Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Daniella Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.
Well, they certainly weren’t skimping on the CGI Zombie budget, were they? I haven’t seen that many fake undead in one place since I caught the televised screening of the opening of parliament.
Many folks questioned Brad Pitt’s hand picked choice of director in Marc Forster – since he had had no prior big CGI tentpole experience – and also Pitt’s commitment to the project – as he took regular time off for other projects and to be with his family – so it will be interesting to see whether the star was able to turn the whole potential trainwreck around.
With all the tumultuous behind the scenes issues though, if there was ever a case of the trailer (or in this case, a teaser for the trailer) possibly not being indicative of the final product, then this would be it. With a 21 June, 2013 release date set, it’s a still quite a few months before we get to see that final product, and judging by the way things have been flipping around on this production, we might just be looking at a zombie romantic comedy by then (A zom-rom-com?).
Until then though…. Holy zombie tsunami, Batman!
Last Updated: November 6, 2012