World War Z, by Max Brooks, has been gestating in Hollywood pre-production limbo for years now. It is a tough nut to crack with most of it’s narrative being told in one-on-one interviews between Brooks and his fictional characters. Despite the academic structure, Brooks still managed to craft an apocalyptic world that is engrossing and terrifying in it’s realism.
According to Bleeding Cool, production on the feature film version is finally making serious forward momentum as Director of Photography has begun preparations for the shoot, and it is a good one:
Robert Richardson, who recently wrapped Martin Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret down at Shepperton. This time he will be working out of another one of our big production bases, over at Elstree. Amongst Richardson’s other credits are Kill Bill, Natural Born Killers and Eight Men Out.
The book in itself does require some reworking to work as a theatrical film, but Max Brooks wrote more than enough history and potential action sequences to make one hell of a film. The level of detail that this particular zombie apocalypse instantly sets it apart from the mountain of other zombie projects out there right now.
This news comes less than a month after the project was on the verge of cancellation, when Paramount balked at the idea of making the large budget zombie film for an R-rating.