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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 12.03.08] post apocalyptic movie news

J. Michael Straczynski is no stranger to genre writing in fact if you hadn't heard of him before The Changeling hit theaters last month there's a good chance you've at least seen his work on TV. Though he's probably most known as the creator of Babylon 5, Straczynski was also responsible for bringing Showtime's short lived apocalyptic drama Jeremiah to the screen and has written for The Twilight Zone and Crusade. He wrote Ninja Assassin for the Wachowski's and is about to become famous as "that guy who adapted Max Brooks' World War Z" into an epic screenplay (review here) that's about to begin production under the guidance of Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster.

Recently, MTV got a word in edgewise and asked the writer about World War Z. Here's what he had to say:

“We talk about it as a thriller, the closest comparison being ‘The Bourne Identity, Most zombie movies to this point have been small, focusing on a few people in a house. And this has got real scare. You’re in India with hundreds of boats trying to get out of there with a tidal wave of zombies. The scale of what we’re doing here is phenomenal.”

“Now that Marc is here, I’m working with his notes to make one final pass on the script, Our hope is to get it moving into production by the first of the year.”

“The fictional concept of the book is that its written by someone with the UN, so let’s tell that story. Let’s show the book being written. We follow this guy all over the world as he goes on these interviews, and he has his own personal story as well. You’re cutting between the past and the present, how he got to this point. It has that international feel to it, and because it goes backward and forward in time, we can cherry-pick our favorite moments in the book. Some of it is crazy in scale.

It’s huge. It’s as political as the book was. And it ends with that book being completed.”

From the sounds of things, it's full speed ahead on the project which is awesome. We've been waiting forever!

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Anglebender (13 years ago) Reply

Sounds like a great concept, going to read the book now!


Mark (13 years ago) Reply

I was hoping they'd avoid the dorm-room philosophizing that characterizes Brooks' political tone of the book, but it looks like they're going full-on with it. Unfortunate, as it detracted from a rather brilliant take on the genre.

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