Written by Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft), the World War Z book, a mix of apocalyptic horror and sociopolitical satire, shows what happens to Planet Earth following a zombie pandemic, possibly to have begun in China. Set in various parts of the world, World War Z tracks humans' attempts to prevent (or at least control) imminent Zombageddon.
However, in the movie – it's a megabudget Hollywood production, after all – instead of various stories set around the globe, we have one (male) all-American hero (in the person of a long-haired Brad Pitt) who once again comes to the rescue of the Whole Wide World. Needless to say, the political overtones found in the World War Z book have been dropped, as WWZ is a Summer Movie and most moviegoers don't have the brains to process the intricacies of the political realm. Instead, there's one living Hero and tons of living-dead Villains.
World War Z distributor Paramount, in fact, isn't taking any chances anywhere. A bit of dialogue explaining that the zombie pandemic may have originated in China has been excised. And surely, the movie will not get into sino-sensitive topics found in Max Brooks' book, e.g., a Chinese military uprising against China's (so-called) Communist government and Tibet's independence. (See also: "World War Z Reviews hardly enthusiastic.")
Now, watch Brad Pitt do his heroic best to save the world and a useless, barking cop get quickly silenced in the first World War Z trailer below:
Brad Pitt heads World War Z cast
World War Z opens in North America on June 21. Besides Brad Pitt, the WWZ cast includes Mireille Enos, Eric West, David Morse, Matthew Fox, James Badge Dale, Michiel Huisman, David Andrews, and Trevor White.
According to the latest data, the World War Z screenplay adaptation is credited to Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof (the latter two responsible for extensive third-act rewrites). Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski also get credit for "screen story," which here means a first-draft screenplay. (See also: "World War Z trailer 2 HD.")
World War Z poster image and WWZ trailer: Paramount Pictures.