Remember: head shots only

18Nov08

I can die a happy geek. Okay, well, we already knew that.

According to /Film, Paramount has hired Marc Forster—the director of the new James Bond: Quantum of Solace movie, which I saw Friday and wasn’t too shabby—to bring Max Brooks’ science fiction novel, World War Z, to life on the big screen.

Man, that book was good! We read it in my sci-fi class; if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. The novel is an oral account of the zombie war, explored through survivor interviews. It was released in 2006, and you can find it on Amazon for about sixteen bucks.

J. Michael Straczynski—who has taken his pen to various mediums, including comic books like The Amazing Spider-Man and Thor—wrote the screenplay, and in the movie researcher Gerry Lane travels the world to collect numerous survivor stories ten years into the aftermath.

Now here’s the novel synopsis:

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?

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5 Responses to “Remember: head shots only”

  1. 1 rdalecowboy

    I haven’t read WWZ yet but I did read “The Zombie Survival Guide” and loved it. Max Brooks is great. JMS is an awesome writer and Forster impressed me with Quantum so I expect this movie to rock.

  2. Haha, I haven’t read the Survival Guide yet, but it’s on my wishlist. 😛

    And hey, if you saw Quantum … wasn’t the new Watchmen trailer totally badass?

  3. Haha, I heard!

    I’m not bummed, though. As long as Snyder did it and it turns out better for that medium, for his movie. It’s the same mindset as Nolan—not everything translates well.

    And I agree with Snyder’s approach: more character!!

    And yes, we always have Hellboy. Squish! 😀

  4. 5 rdalecowboy

    The new trailer is pretty badass. As for the ending, I think there will still be an attack on NYC but it is made to look like Dr. Manhattan instead of an alien. Other cities are attacked also.
    I’m not sure if that’s all correct but that’s what I’ve pieced together. I guess that would work, nations stop fighting out of fear of being smite by the big blue nude god.


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