That’s according to “World War Z” novelist Max Brooks, who told MTV over at that Comic Con shindig that Brad Pitt has officially come onboard to star in the movie version of his book. Pitt had snatched up film rights to the book earlier, and this is the first confirmation that he’ll also star. Unless, of course, someone played a huge trick on Brooks, which doesn’t seem likely.
Also according to Brooks, “World War Z” is being looked on as a 2012 Summer movie, with “Quantum of Solace” director Marc Forster still attached to direct.
Not only that, but Paramount has also optioned Max Brooks’s (son of Mel) other zombie book, “The Zombie Survival Guide”, as well as “The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks” graphic novel with Ibraim Roberson. Dude has a thing for zombies, apparently, and now so does Paramount and Brad Pitt.
Whereas “Zombie Survival Guide” is a campy, tongue-in-cheek guide on how to survive a zombie uprising, “World War Z” is strictly serious stuff, pondering what would happen if a real-life zombie plague really did happen and threatened to consume the planet. The book takes place a decade after the zombie “problem”, with a United Nations official going around collecting stories about what happened from eyewitnesses. Hopefully the movie version will be a little bit more in-the-moment.