James Helsby

World War Z moving forward afterall

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Ever heard of it? You should have. It is perhaps one of the best Zombie novels written, and it has been in development hell for years. Well, now it looks like it’s finally moving forward with the hiring of, Director of Photography Robert Richardson.

Robert Richardson (DP for Inglorious Basterds, Shutter Island, Kill Bill, The Aviator, Natural Born Killers, just to name a few) appears to have had his Resume updated, and that resume includes a new top line entry, World War Z. This is surely good news, as hiring a cinematographer of his caliber is going to make this into an amazing film.

World War Z (Max Brooks) is probably best described as a documentary novel. It accounts the stories of various survivors of the great Zombie plague that hits the earth in a not-to-distant future (think, yesterday it started somewhere in China) It recounts various tales of people who survived by any means necessary, be it cannibalism, murder, warfare or confinement. The amazing thing about the story is that nothing in it’s pages seems far fetched. It is all believable.

But attaching Richardson (oh, and a small bit-part actor named Brad Pitt) to the film adaptation makes this major motion picture seem like it is finally picking up steam. It is tenatively slated for release in 2014, but I suppose time will only tell. In the mean time, pick up World War Z and read it. Also, read the previous handbook, The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead.

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