World War Z Gets A New Trailer And, From The Looks Of It, A New Plot

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At the risk of having all the book snobs reading this look down on me I will confess the following: World War Z is one of my favorite books. I'm aware of its problems- why do people from different walks of life all talk the same in an oral history?- but I like the world it builds so much that I look past that.

You would think that having admitted that I would follow up by talking about how excited I am about the upcoming film version, but that's just not the case. The more I see, including the new trailer released today, the more disappointed I become.

Oh, they may call it World War Z, but World War Z it ain't.

I think we've all come to accept the fact that, except for the rarest of cases, adapting a property for a new medium means certain things have to be changed. What is frustrating is when a studio buys a property knowing they're only going to slap the title on a story that is tangentially, at best, related to the original work.

I'm looking at you, I, Robot.

That's not to say I think World War Z will be a bad movie. Humanity fighting zombies around the world is a story idea that has a lot of cinematic potential given the fact that most zombie flicks are small, localized affairs.

I just wish that if they were going to make a movie called World War Z it would actually feature stuff from the book with the same name. There wasn't even a main character in the book, let alone one that traveled around the world as he tried to figure out how to stop the zombies.

Oh well. At least the special effects look better in this trailer.

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11 comments
Traci Rogers
Traci Rogers

Loves the book and the movie looks good but it should have a different title. The zombies didn't move like this in the book

Laura F Bosche
Laura F Bosche

I've been skeptical since I heard they were making the book into a movie. I love the book but I don't love the way books adapted into movies badly. Its one of those books that doesn't seem like it would translate well into a movie since there's no main characters, it's just a series of scenes that tie together with a central theme.

Tony Gutierrez
Tony Gutierrez

maybe Brad Pitt will save this movie that looks dumb from being totally crappy

chuybenitez
chuybenitez

Couldn't have said it better:  "adapting a property for a new medium means certain things have to be changed." Now stop crying, stop re-reading the book, and enjoy the movie! It's gonna be awesome!

Kitti Walkup-Birkhead
Kitti Walkup-Birkhead

After seeing the first trailer I knew it would be nothing like the book; however, I loved the zombies being so numerous they move like a crapload of cockroaches. It's not going to be like the book at all which does make me wish they had given it a different name, but it still looks like fun.

Carol Rodriguez-Sentonnian
Carol Rodriguez-Sentonnian

I read their plan is to make a trilogy out of this. I don't know about this. The book had no centralized character so I have to see how the movie is adapted out of the book. I do like how some scenarios could be played out visually.

Ray Hadfield
Ray Hadfield

No...anything that gets this much hype,is usually pretty shitty in the end....

BidmyGlasses
BidmyGlasses

Skeptical-- really enjoyed the book and how it was set up and written, and the movie looks nothing like it at all!

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