Brad Pitt to Star in World War Z
World War Z author Max Brooks, son of Mel Brooks, has announced at the San Diego Comic-Con that the big screen adaptation of his best selling zombie book is moving forward, and Brad Pitt is officially signed on to star.
Pitt’s production company, Plan B, picked up the rights to World War Z in 2007. This won’t be the first time Pitt has starred in a Plan B production, having featured in Troy and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling, Babylon 5) penned the first script which has since been re-written by Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom, State of Play). Quantum of Solace and Finding Neverland director Marc Forster will helm the project.
“I’m glad they took their time, and are trying to make the best zombie movie they can,” Brooks told MTV. Paramount are also reported to have optioned the rights to Brooks’ The Zombie Survival Guide and graphic novel, The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.
World War Z tells the story of a man researching a zombie pandemic for the U.N. Post-war Commission, and consists of a collection of individual accounts charting the decade-long war against zombies. Brooks hopes the film will become “the Lord of the Rings of zombie movies.” The movie is scheduled for release in 2012.