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World War Z Concept Art Paints Zombies And Destruction

World War ZWorld War Z has just given Brad Pitt the biggest opening weekend of any film he’s ever been in, outpacing the juggernaut that was Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Given the troubled production, the movie turned out surprisingly good. Don’t attempt to compare it to Max Brooks’ best-selling novel that served as the source material, because these are two very different things. What the film does have is a ton of zombie action. A new compendium of concept art shows you the road map they used to create swarms of the undead.

These images come from Shock Till You Drop and Film School Rejects (originating in the just-released book World War Z: The Art of the Film), and focus on the zombies both as individuals, as well as showing them from a larger perspective. While I really like what the movie does with the zombies as a whole — portraying them as a force of nature — on a one-on-one level, they just look like really hungry meth addicts.

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World War Z Sequels Happening?

Brad Pitt in a HallwayWhile World War Z certainly is not as disastrous as its numerous production delays, re-writes, and re-shoots would suggest, the zombie film will have a tough time being profitable for Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt, who was the film’s star and producer. One of the reasons World War Z called in Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard to re-write the film’s third act and ending was to open up the film for sequels. Paramount wants to make World War Z a franchise, but that’s all dependent on whether or not audiences want more of these films.

In an interview with THR, Brad Pitt and World War Z director Marc Forster talked about the possibilities of seeing more World War Z movies. While Brad Pitt said of the film adaptation of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel and its potential for sequels, “there is enough to mine from the book. We could barely get a fraction of the book in. So we’ll see. We’ll see,” he said.

It all depends on how well World War Z performs at the box office this weekend. Currently, the film is tracking for a $55 to $58 million opening weekend box office, which is a slow start against a reported $200 million budget. Keep in mind; the movie still has to open internationally, so maybe it still could be profitable for Paramount. According to World War Z’s director, “Let’s see how this goes. We hope this movie goes well, and we shall go from there,” Marc Forster said. Whether or not, Brad Pitt would return to a sequel as the film’s producer or star is also unclear.

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Movie Review: World War Z Is A Force Of Nature

Brad Pitt as Garry LaneAfter all the well-documented production problems surrounding the adaptation of Max Brooks’ best-selling zombie novel, including extensive rewrites and weeks worth of reshoots, here’s something I wasn’t sure I’d be able to say: World War Z is a damn good movie. Far from a perfect feature, but Brad Pitt, Marc Forster, and company, didn’t do too bad. It’s nothing like the book—Brooks was right to call it an adaptation in name only—but if you can get past that fact, the film is surprisingly effective hybrid of action and horror.

Zombie purists—a group I generally count myself among—have issue with the modern trend of fast zombies, undead corpses that can run at full speed. My argument has always been that slow zombies are scary despite the fact that they can’t chase you down in a straight foot race. They’re frightening because of inherent inevitability. You get tired, you run out of food and bullets, you have emotions to screw things up. They don’t have any of that baggage, they just keep coming. Zombies are a force of nature, like a creeping glacier you can’t do anything about. You can chip away a piece here and there, but that’s only a band-aid, a stopgap. There are instances where fast zombies have been effective, 28 Days Later and Zombieland come to mind, but this gradual unavoidability is one of the chief elements that draws me towards the genre.

World War Z plays the best-of-both-worlds game and actually pulls it off, using fast zombies as well as they ever have been. The film explicitly states that these creatures are the spawn of mother nature. Mother nature is also referred to a brutally proficient serial killer, by the way. Watching an overhead shot of a horde of zombie pouring into an open space is like watching water move, filling every available space, backing up when the tide comes to a bottleneck. You can’t help but be reminded of footage of flash floods or a tsunami. From a far away vantage point it looks like no big deal, until the true destructive force becomes clear, and you witness the ruination of everything in its path. In the film these images are harrowing because they feel very real.

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World War Z Shows Off Three Minutes Of Its Action-Packed Opening

World War Z promises heavy action, high drama, and killer zombies. I doubt most of us dropped fifty bucks to see the film early, but everyone will finally get a look at the often-troubled World War Z this Friday. To get people further excited about the zombie thriller, Paramount Pictures has released three minutes of the film’s opening action sequence. I recommend watching the above clip in HD and expanded to full screen to get the whole effect.

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Brad Pitt Better Run In This New World War Z Clip

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.

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World War Z Opens And X-Files Continues As A Comic: This Week In Science Fiction

WWZAfter months of rumors, reshoots, and bad buzz, World War Z finally hits theaters this Friday. I still haven’t read Max Brooks’ book, so I don’t have a horse in this race, but I can understand fans who have viewed each new over-the-top trailer with increasing disdain. Then again, from what I know of the book, it definitely wouldn’t translate into a movie without some major changes, so I guess better to get a bad movie with the same name than a bad movie that tries and fails to adapt the book directly.

All that, of course, assumes that World War Z proves to be a bad movie. Although the trailers have looked pretty so-so thus far, reports from early screenings of the movie have been overwhelmingly positive. I think the best way to go into World War Z is the same way I went into Star Trek Into Darkness: it wasn’t going to be the Star Trek I grew up with, so judge it by what it is rather than by what it isn’t. Or, you know, just don’t buy a ticket in the first place.

And if you don’t plan to buy a ticket, there’s another really cool new release on the science fiction landscape this week. The X-Files is returning as a new comic book series, dubbed “Season 10,” which picks up after the last (better left forgotten) movie, 2008’s I Want to Believe. The new series from IDW Publishing is taking a page from Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, telling new, in-canon stories on the comic page. And just as Joss Whedon served as “executive producer” of Buffy’s season comic-ized seasons 8 and 9, X-Files creator Chris Carter is emerging from his money vault to oversee the return of Mulder and Scully.

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