World War Z, the troubled production directed by Marc Forster and starring Brad Pitt fooling around with a bunch of zombies, has a new trailer. Well, maybe not so new. The World War Z trailer HD below has been out for a few days. (Photo: Brad Pitt World War Z.)
Lessons learned from the World War Z trailer
Anyhow ... what do we learn from watching the not-so-new World War Z trailer? First of all, that happy, well-to-do American families have no reason to believe they're entitled to either happiness or material well-being, as there's always some alien force out to destroy their emotional and financial bliss. If it's not stock market speculators and greedy bankers or Islamic terrorists or North Korean dictators, then it's an army of zombies, which can be nearly as ruthless.
Lesson no. 2: The world will be coming to an end sooner rather than later. If it's not environmental devastation, then get ready for flesh-eating bacteria in human form. (As an aside: you'll be wasting your time, as you can't be ready for Armageddon. So, enjoy life while you can.)
Lesson no. 3: Original stories can be made out of disparate elements taken directly from (or very much like) countless novels, movies, and television shows: War of the Worlds, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dawn of the Dead, Zombieland, The Silence of the Lambs, Contagion, Independence Day, The Avengers, Gabriel Over the White House, The Walking Dead, Wag the Dog, I Walked with a Zombie, Pacific Rim, Them!, Dracula, Zero Dark Thirty, Left Behind (that's Kirk Cameron's End of the World Christian flick) and, possibly, Longtime Companion and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Okay, scratch the last title.
Lesson no. 4: If you're going to fly on a passenger jet carrying zombie stowaways, make sure you have Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man on board.
And here's a pertinent question: Considering that "z" is the last letter in the Roman alphabet, if World War Z turns out to be a major hit, what will the sequel be called?
World War Z budget, cast, release date
World War Z was made for a reported $2 trillion, ahem, $125m-$200m, depending on the source. That budget range doesn't include the money spent on HD trailers online and other sorts of marketing, plus distribution costs.
Besides Brad Pitt, the World War Z cast includes Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos, Eric West, Michiel Huisman, James Badge Dale, David Andrews, Trevor White, and David Morse as a Hannibal Lecter-ish CIA type. Based on a novel by Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft), the screenplay is credited to Matthew Michael Carnahan (with uncredited rewrites by Drew Goddard after fellow Lost writer Damon Lindelof found himself unable to work on World War Z's third act).
Matthew Michael Carnahan's previous screenwriting credits, by the way, consist of three political dramas / thrillers: Peter Berg's The Kingdom, starring Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jamie Foxx, and Justin Bateman; Robert Redford's Lions for Lambs, starring Redford, Tom Cruise, and Meryl Streep; and Kevin Macdonald's State of Play, starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Russell Crowe, and Helen Mirren. None of the three films was a box office success.
For the sake of, among other entities, Plan B Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, and Skydance Productions -- the latter two have also joined forces on another type of "political" movie, the Channing Tatum / Dwayne Johnson action vehicle G.I. Joe: Retaliation currently in theaters -- World War Z better break that pattern and become an epic worldwide hit.
The World War Z release date is June 21, when the horror war movie will open in both 2D and 3D. And finally, check out the World War Z trailer HD below.
Brad Pitt World War Z trailer photo: Paramount Pictures.