Max Brooks' masterpiece of zombie horror fiction World War Z
has got a new screenwriter, replacing J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5
). The new man with the pen is going to be Matthew Michael Carnahan, the writer of State of Play
and the holier-than-thou The Kingdom
Brooks says of the decision:
“He’s one of Hollywood’s hot A-list writers, so if they went after him and paid him a mountain of gold, it definitely shows their confidence in this project. They say it’s a positive move because they’re very excited, but the truth is, it’s also positive because they just paid him a buttload of money, and [with] the money they paid him, the money they paid Straczynski and they money they’ve paid me, they’ve really dug themselves a deep hole, so they better make this thing!”
If you haven't picked up a copy of this utterly outstanding novel, it's a collection of interviews with survivors from across the world of a zombie outbreak that lasted ten years before humanity managed to get on top of the problem. At once horrifying, scary and utterly brilliant, if this gets handled correctly it will effortlessly become the first zombie film to rival George A Romero's Dawn of the Dead
as the definitive zombie movie.
As far as we're aware, Quantum of Solace
director Marc Forster is still in the driver's seat on this.