Last we heard, Paramount Pictures' adaptation of Max Brooks' zombie novel World War Z was in financial trouble. That may not be the case any longer, as David Ellison's Skydance production house, as well as two other unknown financiers, are looking to share the $125 million budget with the studio.
World War Z moves forward with Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt is still attached to star in the production, with Paramount planning a June start date for principle photography. Marc Forster is still set to direct the thriller, which looks at the aftermath of a global zombie infestation ten years down the road. Matt Carnahan is still the credited screenwriter at this point in the game.
Paramount Pictures is hoping to have the film finished before a second onslaught of zombie films infiltrates the Cineplex in the next couple of years. The genre is hot once again with Summit moving forward on the romantic living dead romp Warm Bodies, Lionsgate prepping Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Universal doing the zombie police comedy R.I.P.D., and sequels to 28 Days Later, Resident Evil, and Zombieland 2 all on the way. There is also The Kitchen Sink, which finds a teen teaming up with a zombie and a vampire to battle an alien invasion, and Paul is Undead which reimagines The Beatles as undead flesh eaters.
If Paramount doesn't move on World War Z soon, they may put the project on the back burner indefinitely due to zombie fatigue.
World War Z comes to theaters June 21st, 2013 and stars Brad Pitt, Eric West, Matthew Fox, David Morse, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Julian Seager, Michiel Huisman. The film is directed by Marc Forster.