The author of this oral history of the zombie apocalypse, Max Brooks, confirms that the film adaptation is still very much alive — or very much undead.
One of the most anticipated book-to-film projects currently in Hollywood development, World War Z hasn't been in the news as of late — and that absence might lead zombiphiles to question whether we'll ever see a movie. Author Max Brooks seeks to calm those fears, even while admitting that Z isn't a cheap nut to crack. In an interview with FearNet, Brooks said:
"Paramount just renewed the option for World War Z, for half the time and twice the money, so that might signal interest. We still got our director, Marc Forster, who's raring to go. Were all waiting on Matt Carnahan's new draft, which should come in a month or so... The size of the book, the scope of the book, makes it hard to produce, in that this thing's gotta be done right or it just can't be done. You can't do a cheap and dirty World War Z. It's a world war, and I think that makes studio executives nervous. I think it limits its options, so that's running against it."
(Via Dark Horizons)