Earlier 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.