Both Bleeding Cool and MTV heard straight from World War Z author Max Brooks tonight that not only is the big screen version of the bestselling zombie book World War Z finally moving forward, set to hit theaters in summer 2012, but that Brad Pitt is officially signed on to star. You may remember that Pitt's production company Plan B was the one that picked up the rights and has been developing this, with Quantum of Solace's Marc Forster still attached to direct (presumably after he finishes Disconnect).
MTV actually published a few quotes from Brooks that seem quite optimistic, which should be great news for any fans of the book, especially because we thought this adaptation had been put on the backburner.
"I can't believe how cool Paramount has been to me and these projects, and how cool Plan B has been," said Brooks when asked for his reaction to the news.
"I'm glad they took their time, and are trying to make the best zombie movieright team."
This is going to have be really good to actually live up to all of the expectations fans of the book have, but I think it's certainly possible and it's glad to hear that Brooks is optimistic as well. And to make things even better, Brooks said that Paramount has also optioned Brooks' other books: The Zombie Survival Guide and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks. So if World War Z is successful, they will look at adapting those as well, I'm guessing? World War Z is a popular book that contains numerous stories told by survivors of a worldwide apocalyptic war with the zombies. The original script was written by J. Michael Straczynski , and recently rewritten by Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom, State of Play).