‘World War Z’ Sets Itself Up for a Trilogy

Paramount Pictures and director Marc Forster are both keen on continuing past this adaptation of the Max Brooks zombie novel.

Brad Pitt's World War Z is being eyed as a trilogy
Brad Pitt's World War Z is being eyed as a trilogy
Paramount's World War Z is currently in post-production, working towards a December 21 release date. The project is adapted from Max Brooks' novel, although both the studio and director Marc Forster are keen on expanding this adaptation into a trilogy. Take a look below at this excerpt from a recent profile on star Brad Pitt.

"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."

This is the first we've heard about World War Z being expanded into a franchise, and it isn't known if the studio is looking at writers for the two potential sequels. Matthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski wrote the screenplay adaptation for World War Z, based on Max Brooks' novel. Brad Pitt stars as a United Nations employee who travels the world, interviewing survivors of the worldwide zombie infestation.

World War Z was released June 21st, 2013 and stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Ludi Boeken, Matthew Fox, Fana Mokoena, David Morse. The film is directed by Marc Forster.

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  1. Nicholaus XX

    Awesome news!

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  2. slysnide

    This is good news, cause that book is far too detailed to be properly adapted into one movie...presuming of course they excluded some of the story lines, cause it seems like it would be far too long for one movie.

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  3. ChiRep_1

    Did he really compare World War Z to the Bourne series and The Walking Dead?.. Mother of God

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  4. the Narrator

    Well ,they've already deviated substantially from the real jist of the book, from what I can tell. Comments like, "retains spirit of the book" only further support that theory. However, they appear to still have quite a few stories to tell, most of which will probably come from the book. If they want to wrap their own main story around those smaller tales, and further flesh those survivor stories out, I won't argue, so long as they really put the effort in to live up the potential of the (now) franchise.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  5. Dan

    @bawnian-dexeus Dan thinks this better indicate they plan on doing a slower burn of the story than previously thought. If so, I may yet be happy over this project.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  6. Corey W.

    Not sure what to think of this. I'm already curious to see how the first movie is gonna work based on the book's format. The book was excellent, but I'd for sequels to a movie-adaptation ruin that...

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Wonder what Dan thinks

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. the MovieGhost

    @moviegeek: World War Z 2: Z Harder?

    Really though, I'll have to pick up this Book.

    3 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  9. moviegeek

    What would they call sequels? :P

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

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