J. Michael Straczynski author of such amazing graphic novels as Midnight Nation and Rising Stars, is currently hard at work adapting Max Brooks’ “World War Z” into what is sure to be the best zombie movie ever. That’s right. I’m going there already.
“World War Z” is probably the most important book in the history of Zombie preparation, with the possible exception of his first, “The Zombie Survival Guide.” Max Brooks is a pioneer, a true ZombiePhile, a man who recognizes that it’s not a matter of if the dead will rise, but rather a matter of when. Brooks’ pragmatic, tongue-in-cheek “Zombie Survival Guide” quickly became the definitive zombie compendium. His second book, an oral history of the inevitable zombie war, is an inspirational force on ZombiePhiles the world around. When the book was offered up for movie contract, Brad Pitt and Leonardo Di Caprio’s movie studios got into a bidding war that reportedly ended up in six figures, with Brad Pitt holding the prize (and thank god for that!)
You guys, the “World War Z” script couldn’t be written by a better author. J. Michael Straczynski is one of those authors who’s really good at seeing a world that’s entirely different from our own, yet is enmeshed and juxtaposed over the places that are most familiar to us. And since Brad Pitt’s studio (Plan B Productions) is keeping Max Brooks on, we know it’ll be handled as artfully as we’d like to. The zombie genre has been waiting for a renaissance and that time has come. 2008 can’t come fast enough. We’ll be polishing our cricket bat.