Today's Hot Trailer: World War Z Has Brad Pitt on the Run
11.09.12 by Ryan
Is it fast? Is it undead? Does it swarm? It's... a zombie?
The upcoming adaptation of World War Z has suffered through a series of what seemed like bad news lately, starting with Paramount delaying the movie until 2013. Then came word of reshoots, followed by the news that screenwriters Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) and Drew Goddard (co-writer and director of Cabin in the Woods) were brought in to help fix the movie's ending, followed by the rumor that star and producer Brad Pitt was no longer on speaking terms with director Marc Forster(Quantum of Solace).
Finally, some good news has arrived for World War Z. The first trailer has been released, and it doesn't look like a movie in trouble. Fans of Max Brooks' best-selling novel are instantly going to be disappointed that the book's flashback structure has been abandoned for a linear one, and zombie fans will be divided on the running zombies used in the movie versus the more traditional stumbling zombie. Otherwise, World War Z looks like it could be an entertaining zombie epic with Pitt traveling the globe in an attempt to end the seemingly endless stream of the undead.
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So why the running zombies and not the slower zombies? As visual effects supervisor John Nelson (Iron Man) explained to EW, the running (and occasionally swarming) movement of the zombies was done in an effort to bring "something new" to the zombie genre. "Everyone has seen everything in this genre," said Nelson. "So of course we looked to try to find something new. And we have some."
From the looks of the trailer, that something new has to do with the way the zombies seem to corral together, at times creating a wave-like formation with all the undead bodies. Nelson said the inspiration was to make the zombies more like "predatory animals that can’t control themselves."
I worked with tigers [while shooting Gladiator], and if you watch them when a horse goes by they go batty, even if they know they can’t reach it. When Zs see humans they do same thing, they activate. They launch themselves. There are a lot of things in nature we’re mining as references. They move like birds or school of fish, too, in reactive formations, and it’s not because they have a higher level of [shared] thinking or communication — it’s about their nature and the fact that their instinct to infect is so basic, efficient, and overpowering. They will go through anything. If they lose both legs, they will walk on their hands. They lock in and they’re like salmon going upstream or sperm swimming to be the first to egg.
World War Z was adapted by screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom), at least, prior to the rewrites. The cast includes Mireille Enos (The Killing) Matthew Fox (Lost), James Badge Dale (The Departed), Elyes Gabel (HBO's Game of Thrones) and David Morse (Disturbia).
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