Brad Pitt joins 'World War Z'
July 22nd, 2010
10:46 AM ET

Brad Pitt joins 'World War Z'

Let the zombie takeover continue.

The adaptation of Max Brooks' "World War Z," a novel recounting a zombie apocalypse from the first-hand accounts of those who survived it, is moving forward, now with Brad Pitt officially attached to the vehicle, MTV reports.

Pitt’s Plan B production company wrestled the rights to the project away from Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way back in 2007, and while it was rumored that Pitt would play the lead, Brooks didn’t hear of Pitt's attachment until this year's preview night at Comic-Con.

“Quantum of Solace” director Marc Forster is still supposed to direct, and a revision of the script has been penned by "Lions for Lambs" writer/producer Matthew Michael Carnahan. The movie is aiming for a summer 2012 release.

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  3. Morton

    Why did Obama have a date with Brad Pitt the day before they release employment data?
    If you have the worst unemployment rate data in 25 years coming out, you'd think he could hold off the Bromace with Brad Pitt.

    October 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. golfmulmeco

    Why did Obama have a date with Brad Pitt the day before they release employment data?
    If you have the worst unemployment rate data in 25 years coming out, you'd think he could hold off the Bromace with Brad Pitt.

    October 29, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dobravery

    If they stick with the zombie apocalypse theme of the book–the idea that zombies would be a world wide catastrophe not unlike meteors, plague, tsunami's etc–the movie will be great. If they revert to the small band of survivors stuck in some place. . . I'll be really disappointed : (

    August 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PauletteB

    Playing a zombie pretty much sums up Brad's acting style.

    July 26, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. jtd

    for once he does not have to pretend

    July 25, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lemondelta

    Fantastic book, my all time favourite. I just hope the movie does it justice!

    July 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dixie

    The book is amazing...hope the movie is half as good. Would have preferred to see Leo in this role, given a choice, but Brad should do fine.

    July 24, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Shistar

    I can see it now...Left for dead the movie....
    Brad Pitt- Nick
    Leonardo Decaprio- Ellis
    (guy who played as Uncle Phil in the Fresh Prince) – Coach
    (guy who was in Save the last dance) – Louis
    (Actress who played in the Newest remake of Alien vs Predator) – Rochelle
    (guy who played Blades mentor in the trilogy) – Bill
    billy bob thorton- Francis
    Matt Morgan – The Tank
    Angelina Jolie- the Witch
    (the guy who smokes ALOT in xfiles) – The smoker
    Chris evans- the hunter
    berne troyer- the jockey
    jack black – the boomer
    Mary kate or Ashley Olson – the spitter
    Vin Disel – The Charger

    Bada bing bada boom. There ya go....The joke cast for Left 4 dead the Movie........... HA!!!! Hope it made some gamers like me laugh.

    July 23, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David

    For me, some of the interviews were just boring... the continuity was not there for me, but to each our own.

    July 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kevin

    So am I the only one that thinks avaitor sunglasses look absurd on anyone not actually a professional pilot? (actually, they look pretty damn silly on pilots too!)

    July 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. brianb

    To me, the 3 best Zombie Stories are Romero's Dawn of the Dead, Brook's World War Z, and Robert Kirkmans The Walking Dead comic, which is probably the best one (and is going to be a TV series on AMC in October). I liked Day by Day Armegeddon, but I don't think it was the same quality as WWZ. Not sure who the "leading character" Pitt would play is, as WWZ really didn't have a lead. Maybe Tom Werango (SP?), as he talks to the interviewer 2 or 3 times. Can't wait to see the Battle of Yonkers on film!

    July 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Drach

    I'm going to bet the movie will have nearly nothing to do with the book except for character names and Zombies.
    they wont film it as seperate stories. it'll be Pitt killing zombies. so it wont be any different than other movies.

    July 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. PacoAteMiami

    I hope it isn't one of those movies where the zombies can run fast. That just isn't right. Zombies are supposed to lumber around slowly.

    July 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Carlos

    I've had the book since it came out and I still haven't read it. I just don't read books. Don't have the time to sit there.

    July 23, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Carlos, clearly a zombie.

      Maybe you'd have more time to read if you didn't waste your time posting pointless comments that nobody cares about on celebrity blogs.

      September 13, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  17. David

    Day by Day Armageddon – J.L. Bourne

    Makes World War Z look like the crap!

    July 23, 2010 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Day by Day Armageddon = Junk. Don't waste your money. World War Z is lightyears better than that high school English project.

      July 26, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  18. Kevin M

    Brad Pitt's playing a Republican?!

    July 22, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Prem The Impaler

    Shame about Mark Forster being the director, he ruined Quantum with his shaky camera, nausea inducing close up fights and crap editing. Half the movie was incoherent and jumbled. In my opinion this guy is the worst director in Hollywood. They could do better with just about anyone. Hopefully they smarten up before shooting begins.

    July 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Alexa

    I've read this book so many times, the hard cover is falling apart! Hopefully, Brad Pitt's team will produce a great film.

    July 22, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lemondelta

      Same. Mine copy has been involuntarily split into two sections from the sea and the pool, and i'm missing one of the pages from the castle account!

      July 25, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Debi

    Actually, Brad has become pretty much a zombie lately and has let his looks go in the same direction, so it is perfect casting. I see him as a rotting piece of flesh anyway. Sorry Pitt fans!

    July 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • SaintPetersburg

      you talking about the same guy as the one in the picture right there? hope you realize that picture is from like 2 days ago

      July 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      That hair dye job looks about two days fresh, too! Nice, Brad!

      July 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  22. ashley

    i thought the book was good... at first. it's most certainly different, but it kinda drug on. it's kinda like.. china fought the zombies this way, australia this way, canada did this.. but i do think in movie form it won't be as likely to lose interest so quickly. i just wonder... there is no lead role.. unless he is the interviewer.. which would defeat the purpose of having a good actor like brad pitt.

    July 22, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Larry

    Actually, not that great of a book. Boring. The movie Zombieland was much better than World War Z.

    July 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Max

    Great book, lends itself to short features like Creepshow tied together by the reports and interviews. Another great translation to film would be Day by Day Armageddon by JL Bourne. Let the end of the world begin and the dead rise!!

    July 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Rodi

    The only book I ever read more than once (3 times, actually). Its a amazing look at what would happen to humanity after a devasting threat to its existence, be it zombies or really anything else. I'm afraid that the movie won't be able to do it justice, so I hope and pray!

    July 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lemondelta

      Agreed – my favourite book of all time. Brooks makes it seem like such a real prospect!

      July 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  26. SaintPetersburg

    Brad looks like quite the Hollywood icon here. What kind of aviators are those? Does anybody know?

    July 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • That Hair

      Who knows what kind of Aviators those are, but check out his hair. Excellent dye job, Brad. With that solid gray beard he grows, you know his head hair matches. I wonder what all these middle-aged stars (technically, over 40) would look like if they didn't dye their hair... more like the rest of us mere mortals?

      July 22, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Colin

    Great book, really looking forward to the movie. With Pitt attached, as well as being part of his company, that should get plenty of financial backing to really make the set pieces from the book happen.

    July 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  28. good stuff

    the book is pretty good, so im looking forward to the movie,

    July 22, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  29. scaredy cat

    Zombie movies scare the living crap out of me.

    July 22, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • RS

      They scare the crap out of me too, but I'll check this out. Always wanted to see Brad in a zombie flick. Zombie movies give me bad dreams, but I still keep watching them. Oh well !

      July 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoTime4evr

      ....Zombie movies/books have never much varied from the same OLD theme...except for The Zhombie Connection book series. Totally different take with immortals, multiple selves in multiple time lines and planets. Very different-not the stupid gore/slash crap. A third book I hear is in the writing stage-with all three being considered for film. I can't wait!. After checking out the web site,, I can see somebody is thinking way ahead!! koooooool

      July 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duchesz

      Unbelievable to read this see Zhombie Connection mentioned. A friend of mine let me borrow her's last night and I could barely put it down to go to bed......what a cool story and not the standard "they are coming to eat us" nonsense. For sure will make an incredible movie....can't wait either. My friend just bought the 2nd book online from the website today. I'm ordering my copy right now...hope they still have some in stock! As for Brad....not sure he'd make a good Soul Jumper.

      July 22, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • outThere

      HEY... N/T/4evr & Duch...the first book is called, 'The Zhombie Conspiracy' ...the second book is 'The Zhombie Connection' What..are you now zhombies and have lost your memory of the past.....??? ha-ha FYI... I've read them both...OH YEAH this is B I G T I M E different! and I liked it!! Also on the website for Zhombie Conspiracy, there is a picture of somebody called 'Soul Jumper' I have no clue who that actually is but O M G!!! He really LOOKS like HE could make zhombies all day long!!

      July 22, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      Wow-can not wait to see this!
      Here's my vote for Brad's sidekick for World War Z:
      -amazing actor

      July 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |

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