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Max Brooks Didn’t Hate The World War Z Movie

Brad Pitt in a HallwayEarlier this summer, World War Z hit theaters and surprised box office analysts and movie pundits with a $66.4 million opening weekend haul. Currently, the zombie film has raked in $456.4 million worldwide, and is being fast-tracked for a sequel to kick-start a new franchise. Needless to say, World War Z is a big hit. Before the film was released, however, there were serious concerns. Production had been delayed, the third act of the script had to be rewritten multiple times, and massive reshoots delayed the release. Luckily for everyone involved, production woes and bad buzz didn’t impact audiences or critics, as the film gathered mostly positive reviews. Perhaps most shocking in all of this is that Max Brooks, author of the book the film is based on, actually liked the finished product.

In an interview with USA Today, Brooks revealed that he was surprised that he actually had fun while watching World War Z. The 41-year-old writer apparently didn’t like the theatrical trailer, but he enjoyed the film despite his initial hesitation. Brooks explained:

I was expecting to hate, it and I wanted to hate it because it was so different from my book, and yet the fact that it was so different from my book made it easier to watch because I didn’t watch my characters and my story get mangled…So I was just watching somebody else’s zombie movie, which was fun and intense.

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World War Z: The Complete Edition Audiobook Features Star-Studded Cast

world-war-z-audiobookWith the surprise box office success of World War Z, Paramount Pictures is making a strong push for a sequel film, making World War Z a full-fledged film franchise. But many fans of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel are disappointed that the film diverges from its source material so much. If you fall into that camp, we’ve got a pretty snazzy consolation prize for you. Random House is re-releasing the World War Z audiobook as a special extended edition, featuring a star-studded cast of celebrity voice actors.

World War Z: The Complete Edition is an unabridged version of Max Brooks’ “oral history of the zombie apocalypse.” Random House released an audiobook version of World War Z back in 2006, and while it won an Audie Award for Best Multi-Voiced Performance, it was also regrettably abridged. The original cast included actors Alan Alda, Mark Hamill, Carl & Rob Reiner, and John Turturro. It’s actually quite good and worth the listen. In the meantime, check out the list of actors for the new unabridged edition of the World War Z audiobook:

Nicki Clyne as Sharon
Bruce Boxleitner as Gavin Blaire
Simon Pegg as Grover Carlson
Brian Tee as Hyungchoi and Michael Choi
Henry Rollins as T. Sean Collins
Frank Darabont as Roy Elliot
Common as Darnell Hackworth
Kal Penn as Sardar Khan
Alfred Molina as Terry Knox
David Ogden Stiers as Bohdan Taras Kondratiuk
Nathan Fillion as Stanley MacDonald
Denise Crosby as Mary Jo Miller
Ade M’Cormack as Jacob Nyathi
Paul Sorvino as Fernando Oliveira
Parminder Nagra as Barati Palshigar
Rene Auberjonois as Andre Renard
F. Murray Abraham as Father Sergei Ryzhkov
Martin Scorsese as Breckinridge “Breck” Scott
Masi Oka as Kondo Tatsumi
Ric Young as Admiral Xu Zhicai
Jeri Ryan as Maria Zhuganova

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How Did World War Z Make The Zombie Swarms Look So Awesome?

You know Paramount Pictures really has it going on as a movie studio when the most common compliment for Marc Forster’s epic zombie flick World War Z is “Well, that wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected it to be.” That’s in reference to the film’s divergence from the Max Brooks novel that inspired it, and the tumultuous production process that led to its escalated budget. While some discussion could be had over the film’s pacing and some of director Marc Forster’s choices, it’s a thrill ride and a half. (Read more about how we felt about it here.) And I don’t think anybody is saying the film is lacking in zombie-fueled action.

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World War Z Reimagined As A Ken Burns Documentary

Paramount’s zombie film World War Z was a better time than many of us expected it to be, but as a faithful adaptation of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, it left something to be desired. The book is framed as a document of survival and perseverance, and, unlike the movie, takes place after the conclusion of the zombie wars. Framed as a collection of survivor’s tales collected by a journalist, the narrative reads very much like a volume of short stories. The changes make sense from a film-making perspective, because it’s hard to make a reporter talking to people exciting, but the changes left fans of the source material wanting something more.

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World War Z’s Original Ending Would Have Taken Some Dark Turns

World War Z Moscow KremlinOver the weekend, Marc Forster’s zombie apocalypse thriller World War Z surprised many with its over-performing box office take. World War Z did so well that Paramount Pictures is quickly putting a sequel in development to capitalize of the film’s success.

World War Z was supposed to be a trilogy, but somewhere along the way things took a wrong turn, with the production halting and stumbling into a mess of rewrites and reshoots that seemed to suggest World War Z would be dead on arrival. So now that the movie has found success, we can’t help but wonder what the movie’s original ending was like, before it all became an epic mess. Thankfully, the good people at Movies.com managed to unearth the film’s original screenplay, which paints a very different ending from the one on screen this past weekend.

Spoilers for World War Z below!

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Paramount Develops World War Z Sequel After The Film Outperformed Box Office Expectations

WWZWith the news about production delays, re-writes, and re-shoots, World War Z surprised movie pundits when it outperformed box office expectations this past weekend. The zombie film grossed a reported $66 million domestically, in addition to $45.8 million internationally. Over the three-day weekend, World War Z grossed a total of $111.8 million worldwide for producer Brad Pitt, director Marc Forster, and Paramount Pictures. The zombie action thriller did so well that Paramount is officially developing a sequel film.

World War Z is now Brad Pitt’s highest-grossing debut film to date. Originally envisioned as a trilogy, World War Z ran into production problems late in the film’s shooting schedule. This led to Brad Pitt bringing on screenwriters Damon Lindelof (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) to completely re-write the film’s third act and ending. If you’ve seen World War Z, you can tell that the movie makes a harsh tonal and narrative shift two-thirds into its running time.

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