World War Z Planned as a Trilogy?
01.04.12 by Ryan
Since Paramount Pictures announced their adaptation of World War Z, fans have wondered how director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) and screenwriters Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom) and J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling), who wrote the initial script, were going to take Max Brooks' dense novel and turn it into a movie. Eschewing a typical narrative structure, the World War Z novel is comprised of a series of fictional interviews with survivors of a zombie apocalypse that span the globe. How that becomes a movie was any fan's guess, though many have their own "must-have" scenes picked out.
With the novel's unseen narrator turned into Brad Pitt as U.N. employee Gerry Lane, fans rolled their eyes when the movie's brief synopsis revealed that Pitt's character would be traveling "the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself" — which essentially throws out the novel's post-zombie apocalypse setting for one that starts during the initial outbreak. Now, it turns out that Forster's plan for the movie could be more than just one movie — instead, it could become a franchise.
In a retrospective of Pitt's work as actor and producer on Moneyball from The LA Times, it was revealed that the plan for World War Z is to turn it into a trilogy of movies.
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, [Matt] Damon's Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC's The Walking Dead.
Looking at World War Z as a potential trilogy should appease fans, especially if their favorite scenes are not included in the upcoming movie. Of course, World War Z will have to be a financial success to actually become anything more than a single movie, but, should it find box office success, at least there is plenty of material in the novel for a trilogy, unlike many movies that find success and are suddenly turned into a franchise (Paranormal Activity and The Hangover, for example).
Without even a trailer released, however, fans have yet to see if the movie is trilogy-worthy, and it won't reach theaters until December. The rest of the World War Z cast includes Mireille Enos (The Killing), Matthew Fox (Lost), James Badge Dale (The Departed), and Elyes Gabel (HBO's Game of Thrones).