Zombiephiles, we’ve been hearing a lot of news and rumors about Brad Pitt’s film adaptation of Max Brooks’s bestselling novel World War Z recently. From the first set photos from Splash News (check them out) to the revelation that the film will completely re-structure the plot of the book, we’ve gotten both the good and the bad. But so far nothing is as amusing as this:
World War Z is set to be released at the end of the world, on December 21st, 2012 from Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B Entertainment.
That’s right, the fabled end of the world date of the ancient Maya is now the release date for a film about the end of the world. Intentional? Absolutely. Groan-worthy? Most definitely. But we still must applaud the filmmakers for picking a release date with at least a little relevance to the theme of the movie.
Of course, the world won’t actually end on December 21st, 2012, despite what terrible Hollywood films like 2012 tell us. According to archaeoastronomer Anthony Aveni, all that will happen on December 21st, 2012 is this: The great odometer of the ancient Maya people will turn over. That’s it. No volcanos, no Earth-shattering solar flares, and certainly no zombies. But given the mystique that has arisen around this re-start of the Maya calendrical system, it’s fun to ascribe all kinds of end-of-the-world scenarios (and movies) to the date.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks is a collection of first-hand accounts from the 10-years-over, world-wide zombie war. Each chapter is told from a different interviewee’s point-of-view as a U.N. employee travels the world collecting research on the course of the zombie war.
The film will take a slightly different approach. Instead of telling the story in retrospect, through chilling first-person narratives, World War Z the movie takes place as the zombie war is beginning, and follows a U.N. employee (Gerry Lane, played by Brad Pitt) as he desperately attempts to stem the tide of the zombie plague. World War Z is currently in production.
Stay informed, stay alive: Denver zombiephiles can pick up a copy of Max Brooks’s books World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. Ask for Joyce. Tell her I sent you.
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