Brad Pitt is an actor that most people dismiss. That is until you watch him pull off an amazing performance and you’re once again reminded that the nearly 50 year old heartthrob is capable of great dramatic depth. The litany of iconic performances and characters that this man has portrayed are among the best in modern film.
In an interview with the LA Times the absence of a big “popcorn” franchise for the actor is brought up with the possibility that the Marc Forster (Quantum Of Solace) helmed World War Z could serve as the last piece to that puzzle. Not that Pitt needs to be the marquee player of an epic franchise, but it’d be nice when other talented guys like Matt Damon and Christian Bale are already moving on from their respective huge event franchises.
According to the article the film, due out before Christmas, is to be the first of a trilogy. The continuation of the franchise will likely be contingent on the success of the first movie. Pitt plays a United Nations fact-finder in World War Z who’s traveling around the world to discover the origins of the zombie pandemic that wiped out mankind. Ostensibly the goal will be to find a cure and get busy living, or get busy living dead.
Max Brooks’ novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is already a collection of many individual accounts of the fictional war. It wouldn’t be difficult to make not only a trilogy, but a long running franchise out of the novel.