If there’s one thing Brad Pitt knows, it’s the undead. Or at least his character knows them well enough in this new clip from Paramount‘s World War Z to be pretty damn certain that a swarm of zombies is coming for him and his entire family. Yeah, you better run, Brad.
The clip is simple enough: Gerry Lane (Pitt), his wife (Mirielle Enos), and his daughter are looking to get away from some zombies. The zombies, of course, are rather eager to feast on the entrails of this particular family unit, but because Pitt is the star, and this piece of the film appears to occur rather early in the film, you already knew they were going to get away. Still, tense and exciting enough.
Based — in the loosest possible manner — on Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z follows Lane, a UN worker, as he crisscrosses the globe, searching for the cause, and a solution, to the zombie pandemic engulfing the most of the planet. That’s no easy task, even for Pitt, who is used to bouncing all over the place, looking for solutions to problems.
The adaptation has been the subject of a number of high-profile production issues, including extensive revisions to the third act, and lengthy reshoots. Still, early buzz has been largely positive — at least if you can separate the film from the source — so we still have hope that this will be a kickass global epidemic movie. After all, zombie outbreaks are the new disaster movies for the current generation.
There is potential for greatness here, but also for complete and utter failure. We’ll find out which later this week when World War Z opens on June 21.