Brad Pitt zombie 'expert' shows off 'World War Z'
05:00 AM, Mar 29, 2013
LOS ANGELES — Brad Pitt has become quite the zombie expert with his upcoming film World War Z.
“Four years ago, I knew nothing about zombies,” Pitt said while showing footage from the new film last week. “Now I’m an expert.”
Pitt’s World War Z character, a United Nations employee, will need all the expertise he can get to help stop a global zombie pandemic that is sweeping across the world in the movie based on Max Brooks’ novel.
The trailer for World War Z will have its theater premiere in front of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which opened Thursday. It could lead to mass preparation for a true zombie invasion.
After reshoots for a new ending and a much-discussed release date change from Christmas 2012 to June 21, 2013, Pitt is going on the offensive to bring the discussion back to the film’s merits.
“I wanted to make a film that my sons could actually see,” says Pitt. “As you’ll see, we got a little carried away.”
“My boys are going to love it,” he adds.
Director Marc Forster sums up the movie action: “It’s a pretty intense ride. You’re on the edge of your seat pretty much from beginning to end.”
Forster believes his film, which is still in the editing process, is much more than zombies with a global scope. For him, the shambling zombies in the George Romero films of the 1970s were an effective metaphor for consumerism.
“For me the metaphor is now much more about overpopulation today,” says Forster. “And the idea there are less and less resources. The swarming of (zombies) is almost like going after the last resources.”
But viewers will likely just focus on the killer swarm. Rather than slow-moving zombies with a long incubation period, the creatures in World War Z are able to transform after infection from scared human to hungry zombie in 12 seconds. Meanwhile, they are able to run, jump, smash windows with heads and use fellow zombies to scale walls in a frenzy.
For the first time ever, the preview even shows there are zombies on a plane. It’s worse than snakes.
“You have not seen that in a zombie movie before, an outbreak on an airplane,” says Forster. “And there are many more surprises left.”
As for the changes to the traditional zombie formula, Forster expects plenty of discussion especially from diehard fans of the genre.
“Some zombie fans you will not be able to make happy. Some zombie fans will embrace it,” says Forster. “There will always be a discussion and a little bit of controversy on every zombie movie. But I hope all the zombie fans will appreciate all the new things they have not seen before,”