World War Z Trailer: Brad Pitt Battles The Next Great Threat - The Zombiepile
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World War Z Trailer: Brad Pitt Battles The Next Great Threat - The Zombiepile

By TK | Trailers | November 8, 2012 | Comments ()


I hope they paid Max Brooks a fuckton of money, because the movie they made -- at least based on the trailer below -- bears little resemblance to his brilliant zombie apocalypse novel. The novel was less a single narrative and more a series of short stories all set within the same zombie apocalypse, tales of how individuals or groups were dealing with the crisis in different countries. It was actually a fascinating approach to the genre, and worked exceedingly well overall.

The movie, which stars Brad Pitt and is directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, Machine Gun Preacher), takes a decidedly different approach, focusing on one man (Pitt) and completely changing the zombie traits to the so-called fast zombies. I'm not too worked up about that -- it does have some interesting visuals as a result. Those moving mountains of undead humanity make for some righteously scary scenarios. Yet one of the problems with the trailer is that you don't actually see any zombies. They could just be some crazy-ass, human-Jenga-building sonsabitches for all I know.

Regardless, the intimacy and depth of the novel isn't really shining through, and basically it just feels like a larger-scale Dawn of the Dead with better actors (the cast includes Bryan Cranston, Mirielle Enos, Matthew Fox and David Morse).

I loved Brooks' novel, so I was obviously anxious about an adaptation. This... really doesn't look much like his novel. Basically they took the concept of shooting the genre on a worldwide scale -- something that hasn't really been done -- and dumped the rest. In fact, the official synopsis basically confirms that:

"The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself."

That doesn't mean it can't be good, but it's not World War Z. Coupled with the fact that the production was apparently a disaster -- constant battles between Pitt and Forster, rewrites and reshoots galore -- and I'm not holding my breath.

You be the judge:

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  • TheOriginalMRod

    Yeah... that looks nothing like the book I read.

  • TrickyHD

    Looks awesome, but wrong title, at best:
    INSPIRED BY: Word War Z

  • missyfoosy

    No Battle of Yonkers? No Paul Redecker ? This was supposed to be the zombie movie that changed the genre. Im just happy that Hollywood loves rebooting movies more than making good ones in the first place, somaybe there is still hope. Christopher Nolan! WWZ reboot circa 2016 needs you!

  • SadZombie

    No, no, no, no. This is wrong is so many ways. You live in what appears to be a major metropolitan city, you see one helicopter, and all of the sudden you think something is going on!? Fast zombies? These are like hyper-zombies! How did the zombies make it to a city and no one knows about them? They killed The Road and now they are going to kill World War Z. I agree with all those who think this should be a mini-series. AMC should have optioned this over The Walking Dead. My three day holiday weekend is ruined.

  • elirt

    It needs to be a mini-series to capture the depth and breadth of the book.

  • lowercase_ryan

    That isn't World War Z.

  • dances like snake

    i've already resigned myself to the fact that this is just "in name only". and to be fair to myself, if i had seen this trailer under a different title, i'd be all for it. i like that the trailer is vague about why people are going crazy (though anyone with half a brain will figure it out) and it seems like they will actually show a worldwide scale of catastrophe. the zombie swarm is an interesting take on it, and i read an article yesterday where one of the guys working on the movie talked about all the research they did on swarm behavior in animals and how they adapted it to apply to humans.

    i dunno. it's apparently meant as a trilogy, that brad pitt even signed on in the first place is enough for me to give it a chance, and frankly, i'll watch any apocalyptic movie regardless of quality or cause. the book was phenomenal, i'll just wait until someone makes a mockumentary version of it on TV, which is a much better fit for it than a film, even if it is a trilogy.

  • FireLizardQueen

    This makes me so sad. The book was stunning. I recommended it to everyone I know and now everyone is going to think the book is crap based on this shit show. This could've been epic. Damn you Hollywood!

  • BobbFrapples

    Well...if the movie makes enough money, maybe they'll adapt the book into a series that will fill in the gaps. I will watch this movie in hopes that it can inspire the greedy to make the series.

  • Miramuffin

    So, Brad Pitt went and Roland Emmeriched the best zombie novel ever written...
    Let us look at the indications we are left with from the trailer then shall we:
    Some sciency guy whom might be the only one with "answers"? Check.
    Adorable family, who's function seems to be mostly to add a human dimension to our hero? Check.
    A lot of wide shots with a lot of people the audience have not been introduced to dying, with minimum actual bloodshed? Check.
    Violent events directed at motor veichles (or "my, what a big budget we have gotten")? Check.
    A very clear and non gritty atmosphere, so that the audience gets a chrystal clear view of said vehicular oriented violence? Check.
    Well, I hope Max Brook got a lot of money for the use of the title "World War Z".

  • tinad5

    War of the Worlds : The Sequel

  • I haven't read the book, so the trailer works well for me. I like that they don't cramp everything in it, no explanations and nothing. Looks good to me!

  • zeke_the_pig
  • s

    I. CanĀ“t. With. That. Hair. or that scarf for that matter...

  • AlabasterSalamander

    God DAMN IT

  • Guest

    God DAMN IT

  • yocean

    This so NOT the World War Z. I am gonna ignore this and hope for HBO or someone to make an actual adaptation of the book.

  • aryastark

    I am so bloody disappointed. This looks sod all like the very awesome book, which was utterly terrifying as opposed to yet another noisy, dumbass action flick. I wanted to see all the different characters. Especially the badass female pilot stuck up a tree in a zombie infested bayou. And blind Japanese guy! You suck, Hollywood.

  • Erich

    WWZ should have been a pay cable miniseries. There are so many stories that would be able to be told if it were presented like it was a History Channel series.

    This? This is a goddamn travesty, taking the name of an amazing book and attaching it to a fairly generic zombie film.

  • John W

    Yeah that doesn't look like the book.

    Does look cool though.

    Looks like what I imagine the prequel to I Am Legend would look like.

  • Kala

    The disappointment overwhelms me. I'll keep an open mind once it hits Netflix, but honestly, the trailer reminds me of forty other films.

    HBO, I need you to step up to the plate, honey.

  • anon

    Will Smith should have played the lead. It would complete his "Great Book Shitty Movie" trilogy (see "I am Legend" and "I Robot")

  • At least he's charming. And surely there would be some amazing choreography for World War Z: Will Smith?!

  • C'mon, I, Robot was cool!

  • RudeMorgue

    I agree, if by "cool" you mean, "completely retarded."

  • Fabius_Maximus

    You mean it tried too hard to be cool?

  • SJ

    I can barely tell it's a zombie movie through most of the clip; it's like general disaster movie footage occasionally interspersed with what literally looks like tidal waves of zombies. I wouldn't call the effect terrible-looking, but I can't imagine the visuals remaining entertaining for an entire film.


  • I usually try to withhold judgment on these things until I see the whole movie, but man this looks terrible. It's got I Am Legend CGI written all over it. I don't really get worked up over fast vs. slow zombies, but there has to be some kind of respect for the source. Feels like someone panicked when The Walking Dead became huge and made changes just to have them. When I read the book I was hoping HBO would option it for a mini-series (I always thought almost a Ken Burns style mockumentary with photos and footage intercut with interviews would be ideal for this story ) and was really bummed when that never happened. Hoping it ends up better than it looks.

  • I think it looks pretty awesome. I'll just have to pretend it's called something else. With all the complaints about zombie movies being played out, at least zombies as army ants is a fresh take.

  • malikvlc

    Anybody else see shades of the insects from "Starship Troopers"? Sorry, but my zombie horde shouldn't remind me of bugs...

    And no, nothing about this even faintly resembles the book. With these super-duper, lightning-fast zombies, we'll NEVER see the best character from the book: the old, blind, Japanese, katana-wielding bad-ass....

  • Anne At Large

    All I can think of is why didn't they make their own sound instead of just stealing the BRAAAHM from Inception and changing it half a step.

  • Fredo

    It's the zombielanche! RUN!

    No, Shaun White, don't try to board the zombielanche! It's just going to eat you! No, Shaun White!!!!

  • L.O.V.E.

    Don't you mean, Shaun White .... of the Dead?

    (wink wink)

  • Gold.

  • AlwaysConfused

    Fried gold.

  • Fredo

    Now I'm hoping I can scrounge up the J Michael Straczysnki script that everyone was raving about a year-and-a-half ago before Forster got involved.

    Don't know why they felt the need to buy Brooks' book and not make that book. Then again, the way that book was set up, it would have been perfect for like a 10-episode HBO mini-series.

  • Emmet O'Cuana

    Except there's no guarantee Straczynski's script didn't introduce most of the problems folks are noticing with this trailer. Such as the insistence on a single protagonist.


  • Groundloop

    While fast zombies, and zombie-like creatures have been well used in the past (the Dawn of the Dead remake and 28 Days/Weeks Later), the larger set pieces in the trailer just made me think I was watching The Undead Parkour World Championships.

  • stryker1121

    Funny line, but the zombie tsunami thing is pretty cool. Now I need to red the book so I can be outraged like everyone else.

  • It would only let me like this one time. But I LOLed and thought you should know that.

  • kayemcee

    When I first heard of the movie adaptation and Brad Pitt's attachment, I was hoping for something like Christian Slater's role in Interview with a Vampire. Someone in a room interviewing another person with cutaways to the story they were telling. At least that way, they could still remain faithful to the source material and still attach a big name star (even though I know Slater wasn't the big name draw in Interview)

    How in the World did they come up with this version? Like everyone else is saying... it looks nothing like the book

  • andrewsipe

    I didn't get much in the way of "acting" from Brad Pitt in this trailer. Missing is James Badge Dale who, according to Wikipedia, attempted to warn the government that zombies are a possibility. Based on this trailer, I'm luke warm at best.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Not zombies. That's just, like, dudes on bath salts.

  • Will

    That guy wasn't on bath salts. He was just mental

  • frank247

    I don't care how bad it is, I just want to see the bits where they substitute Glasgow for Philidelphia.

  • Emmet O'Cuana

    That's the scene with the traffic I think.

  • frank247

    I finally got to see the trailer, the scenes in traffic, and the scene with everyone running out of the red tarmac square are Glasgow, specifically, George Sq and Cochrane Street/St Vincent Street.

  • This is going to be a fucking shit show.

    The most amazing thing about the book wasn't even the zombie attacks. In fact, hardly any of it deals with large scale battles or zombie invasions. Which was what made it SO FUCKING AWESOME.

    What a goddamn fucking waste. An actual, faithful adaptation would be fascinating to watch. This piece of shit doesn't even deserve the name. Even if it's a good movie, I'm just angry at it because it takes away the possibility of an actual adaptation.

  • ,

    An actual, faithful adaptation...

    Would be impossible, wouldn't it?

  • David Sorenson

    Not really. Episodic television would work fine. Pitch it to AMC. Have it run three seasons. You'd start with the interviewer talking to the older and wiser soul and flashback into their experience. This allows you to treat each chapter as a short story and flesh it out a bit. Also having different stories lets you change the cast up. With only a one or two episode commitment for each actor, you could practically cast whoever you wanted. Joel McHale as the creator of Phalanx. Gina Carano as the female pilot in the swamp.

    I always wanted the end of the first season to reach the battle of Yonkers. Last shot of the season would be a news helicopter flying over the freeway with all the zombies streaming out of New York towards the faltering military.

    Not that I've put much thought into this at all. I'm sure the movie will be just fine. I'm just going to go sit in my car and cry for a while.

  • marya

    HBO Miniseries! Every week, a different story. Different actors each week - use no name actors. (You'd save on salaries, since every actor would essentially be a guest star). Maybe, as kayemcee said, you could have a name actor as the interviewer, who would function as a narrator and common thread. It would be brilliant.

  • Mr_Grumpypants

    Yeah, its definitely not the book. And I actually think the short-stories approach could have worked well on film, with Pitt's character traveling the Earth interviewing survivors about their stories. Oh well. Anyway, this version still looks pretty cool. I'm really liking the look of the zombie swarms, they are pretty damn terrifying.

  • carrie

    another fun efficient zombie movies but not WORLD ZONE Z book sadly

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