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Zombies Attack! But Can J. Michael Straczynski Handle “World War Z” Fans?

world_war_z_book_coverAs many of you heard at the recent Comic-con, J. Michael Straczynski is, indeed, adapting Max Brooks’ World War Z into a screenplay to be produced by Brad Pitt’s movie studio, Plan B. But can Straczynski, author of the wildly popular Babylon 5, handle the weighty adaptation?

In interviews, Straczynski has stated that the plot of the “World War Z” movie will have to be modified, mostly due to the decentralized nature and style of Max Brooks’ story, which followed a reporter as he traveled the world in the wake of the Zombie War, collecting stories and anecdotes from dozens of different people.

Personally, I think Straczynski should have been bold and stuck with Brooks’ format – there’s no reason, given the climate in Hollywood today, that a somewhat avant-garde zombie movie would be badly received. But according to reports, J. Michael’s already hard at work changing things around.

At the moment there hasn’t been a director or producer announced, but we’re hoping that it goes to somebody “epic” – James Cameron or Peter Jackson or somebody like that. Brooks’ novel was gritty, socially edgy and completely relevant to the world we’re living in today. With the right director, “World War Z” could turn into a powerful vehicle for social criticism both within and without the United States. With the wrong one, though, it could turn into just another zombie movie – or worse, just another war movie.

What concerns me most about the J. Michael Straczynski World War Z project is the lack of news about it – even at the recent comic convention, there was much less to be heard than was to be expceted.

What about you, Zombiephiles, where do you weigh in? Do you think Straczynski has what it takes to tackle such a weighty translation, and especially one into uncharted territory, as the zombie movie is him? Or will he pull though the way he did in Midnight Nation or Rising Stars?


  1. When reading the book, I tried to visualize it as a movie. The only way I could do it was by replacing Brooks’ interview process with a documentary film team. Almost like a PBS special or something…every once in a while showing clips from the war that was caught on film…I’m not sure how interesting that would be…but, heck, I’d watch it.

  2. Oh wait. Yes, I have. I’m sorry, but I just don’t have it in me right now to type it all out again. Besides, it was just ramblings anyway. You didn’t want to hear me go on and on about this, right?

  3. andy keeley

    fairplay to anyone who has enough balls to make a flim
    about that’s a dam good book,let’s hope he pull’s
    it off.

  4. Clint

    Like Randy, when I read the book I visualized a documentary style of movie. Actually, I visualized more of a docudrama style similar to the wonder movie Touching the Void from the UK. In that movie there are real people interviewed who recount their experiences which are then re-enacted in a very cinematic way. Of course Hollywood will probably never want to do something like that.

  5. bootlegga

    It’s always hard adapting a novel for the big screen.

    You only have two hours to tell a story hundreds of pages long, and given the medium, its hard to incorporate a lot of things in books (like characters thinking for example) into movies, without slowing it down in the process.

    I mean really, how many books that have been made into movies turned out really well? Most of King’s excellent books turned into mediocre/terrible movies (excepting maybe Misery), and same goes for Tom Clancy and a host of others. Even fairly good adaptations (like Jurassic Park) left out a lot and made it into a very different story.

    I’m just hoping it will be better than King’s books were.

  6. ian

    you know what? i`m quite happy sticking my nose out of it and waiting for the trailer . if we keep prying, tere may not even BE a movie, because theguy will just say, “why should i, the public think they know everything about it already.” i just wanna watch the movie. i dont care about who directs, i dont wanna know what happens untill it happens.

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