World War Z is The Bourne Identity with Zombies?

Max Brooks’ novel “World War Z” is about a UN official who goes around the world interviewing people and getting their first-person accounts of what transpired during a recent zombie infestation that led to the World War Z of the title. Not exactly something you could turn into a “Bourne Identity with Zombies” movie, right? Well that’s not going to stop writer J. Michael Straczynski, who recently told MTV how he approached the adaptation of the movie. No word yet on what director Marc Foster, recently announced as helming the project, had to say about Straczynski’s approach, though, which, I dunno, sounds kind of uninteresting.

From MTV:

“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.

“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.”

Maybe the better idea is just to drop the whole “UN writer” angle and just go back to when the zombie plague was happening? Why do a movie consisting of flashbacks? I understand that the movie is supposed to be adapted from the book, but come on, isn’t a movie about a zombie plague happening right now, everywhere more effective, not to mention entertaining than a movie that flashes back to a zombie plague? Maybe it’s just me.

Anyways, we’ll see what Foster has to say about Straczynski’s script. I hope they change it. I don’t want to go see a zombie movie and have to follow a writer as he goes around interviewing people, then insert flashback sequence. Repeat. Etc.

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  • nobody

    Actually there *is* word from Max about the script: “I can’t give it away, but Straczynski found a way to tie it all together. The last draft I read was amazing.” (http://www.dreadcentral.com/story/max-brooks-talks-world-war-z-adaptation)
    The Bourne identity comment just referred to the idea of following the interviewer, like in Bourne they followed the agent, I think.

  • nobody

    Actually there *is* word from Max about the script: “I can’t give it away, but Straczynski found a way to tie it all together. The last draft I read was amazing.” (http://www.dreadcentral.com/story/max-brooks-talks-world-war-z-adaptation)
    The Bourne identity comment just referred to the idea of following the interviewer, like in Bourne they followed the agent, I think.