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Brad Pitt vs. The Running Dead

06 November 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Entertainment Tonight

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The annoying marketing trend of trailers for trailers doesn't look to be going away any time soon, probably because everyone keeps reporting on them. Sorry. On which note, here's a teaser for the trailer for the troubled Brad Pitt zombie apocalypse World War Z, heralding its debut on US magazine show Entertainment Tonight on Thursday. It's the first official footage anyone's seen online though, so at least it's a big-ish deal.

Is there much to be learned? The main impression you'll come away with is a sense of scale, with wide shots of general devastation and thousands of extras (whether they be real or of the CG kind). The military takes aim as an inexorable wave of zombies breaks over it, and there are several further shots of flowing undead hordes. These are zombies of the fast variety, so there's a lot of running, and several aerial shots of widespread city destruction. And with some serious shades of I Am Legend, there's a destroyed bridge, and what looks like a mass evacuation in the middle of which Pitt is struggling to keep sight of his family.

How faithful the film remains to Max Brooks' excellent novel remains to be seen, but the basic jist involves a zombie pandemic that the narrative tracks from outbreak to global disaster to human fightback. Director Marc Forster (Quantum Of Solace) said in the early days that his offbeat take on the material was along the lines of All The President's Men. But with huge recent rewrites thrashed out by Damon Lindelof (Prometheus) and implemented by Drew Goddard (Cabin In The Woods), and a massive seven weeks of reshoots this autumn following the main production last year, it's unclear how far the film has drifted from Forster's initial vision.

As we said, there'll be a longer look at a proper trailer later in the week. World War Z is finally released, several months later than initially planned, on June 21 next year.


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having wacthed this again i change my previous reaction to F!#king amazing! as opposed to f!#!!ng fantastic!
those shots of the crowds of zombies almost like fluid just spooks the shit out of me. cant wait for this beauty. I may need Valium for the full trailer! More

Posted by mclane1 at 15:32 on 07 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Oh Dear?
This one has passed me by completely ! just watched that footage! ive got zombie wood! looking forward to this :) More

Posted by Dannybohy at 14:38 on 07 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Oh Dear?
L: tim198129 Kimbob, eally "too far fetched" for a Zombie Apocalypse movie?I haven't read the book, but found that teaser very entertainingand im looking forward to the trailer now, es it is; if you had read the book you would understand why. To explain; the book was different to other material about Zombies as it looked at the whole apocalypse from a governmental, medical, satirical point of view. Including doctors notes, interviews with soldiers etc. It treated the apocalypse ser More

Posted by waltham1979 at 12:53 on 07 November 2012 | Report This Post

Oh Dear?
Kimbob, is it really "too far fetched" for a Zombie Apocalypse movie? I haven't read the book, but found that teaser very entertainingand im looking forward to the trailer now, More

Posted by tim198129 at 09:42 on 07 November 2012 | Report This Post

Oh Dear?
Kimbob, is it really "too far fetched" for a Zombie Apocalypse movie? I haven't read the book, but found that teaser very entertainingand im looking forward to the trailer now, More

Posted by tim198129 at 09:39 on 07 November 2012 | Report This Post

Oh dear.....
Got to say this looks like an awful movie adaption of what is an amazing book. Can't actually see any resemblance to the book at all from this trailer which is sad. The tidal wave of zombies is pretty ridiculous too, too far fetched for me to watch without bursting into a fit of laughter. It looks like a tentacle of the undead reaching up a wall at one point! This is one book to movie adaption I don't think I'll be wasting my time with. More

Posted by Kimbob2592 at 21:18 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: someone judged a film by its teaser...
L: Moronifighter I dont know how some of the people can dismiss this on account of a few seconds footage, all the bits which are apparently "missing" could all still be in the finished product, we are only seeing a glimpse and it wouldnt be the first time scenes seen in a trailer so not show up in the finished cut AT ALL! 'm not concerned about the bits are missing from the footage; my concern is about the bits that we can see. Looks fackin' awful!! Add to that they have had to go ba More

Posted by waltham1979 at 12:27 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

someone judged a film by its teaser...
I dont know how some of the people can dismiss this on account of a few seconds footage, all the bits which are apparently "missing" could all still be in the finished product, we are only seeing a glimpse and it wouldnt be the first time scenes seen in a trailer so not show up in the finished cut AT ALL! More

Posted by Moronifighter at 12:14 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

"Only one man can save the world"? HOW exactly can one man save the world from zombies? That said, while it looks like they've invented a narrative for the film, it does look like some of the shots in that trailer were similar to the events in the book. And the scale of it looks like no zombie movie i've seen before, so fingers crossed that this turns out to be a cool zombie flick, even if it isn't a great adaptation of the book. More

Posted by clarkkent at 12:04 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

someone judged a book by it's cover
I gotta agree with some of these comments whole heartedly. it's like some exec just saw the cover of the book and thought, wow cool name, i wonder what Brad Pitt is doing this month. The book illustrated beautiful the unwavering nature of these creatures not through full frontal ferocious attacks but by their ambling, indifferent single mindedness. Im making no comment against the film as such but it really does look totally unrelated to it's source material More

Posted by jodybriggs at 11:33 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

er, you missed a spot
still seems to me that all involved missed a trick when deciding to make a film rather than a tv series. whilst walking dead is good, wwz is the best text from the genre (imo) and a book that i feel cannot translate onto the big screen format. and just where were all the presidents men? More

Posted by homesick alien at 10:48 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

That looks pretty cool.
I'm not usually one for the fast zombies, but the idea that they're like a tidal wave or an army of ants is horribly effective. Hopefully, the reshoots have done the trick and all will be well. I am definitely more interested in this now I've seen some footage. look forward to the proper trailer. More

Posted by Nicky C at 10:48 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: WOW!
willy2fly - It is not a case of not liking fast zombies or zombies that now seem to move with unnatural speed and fluidity. It is simply a case that this type of Zombies did not exist in the original literature and more importantly several key areas of the book rely on the zombies being slow moving. This may well be an 'awesome'or 'epic' Zombie action movie but it seems to bear little to no resemblance to the original source material so the license is wasted. More

Posted by pump_action at 10:35 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

Have they actually read the book??
What the hell was that?!?! Looks like an awesome zombie film but from the looks of it, this is just fast zombie film with the title of an incredible book. I don't mind when things are a little different from the original, but this just shares a name, and an undead theme. I was so excited about this film after hearing they were going to make a film of World War Z, I never realised it was simply a film CALLED World War Z. Brad Pitt/Marc Foster you have ruined both this year, and next year you fuck More

Posted by 420Phil at 10:34 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: WOW!
L: willy2fly This looks epic so far. Love the book and cant wait for this movie. A couple of commentators have said they dont like the running zombies and the zombie 'tsunami' seen in the teaser. I think this is fantastic, giving them a unnatural, unstoppable terror often missing from zombie films. Also, theMax Brooks are hyper real so people should consider that the zombies will start out fast (beginning of outbreak) then grow slower as time passes. The book covers the apocalypse from More

Posted by waltham1979 at 10:29 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

WOW!
This looks epic so far. Love the book and cant wait for this movie. A couple of commentators have said they dont like the running zombies and the zombie 'tsunami' seen in the teaser. I think this is fantastic, giving them a unnatural, unstoppable terror often missing from zombie films. Also, theMax Brooks are hyper real so people should consider that the zombies will start out fast (beginning of outbreak) then grow slower as time passes. The book covers the apocalypse from beginning to end and i More

Posted by willy2fly at 10:05 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

That looks absolutely f!#?ng fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ive read the book, looking at that footage I dont give a shit if its faithfull to the book. It looks awesome, like aliens meets dawn of the dead- am stunned by just how much that got me excited. Cant wait!!!!!!!! More

Posted by mclane1 at 09:54 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

*does sad face*
I try so hard to not be one of those 'fan boys' that expects everything to be exactly like it is in the graphic novel/comic/book. I appreciate that everything will have a different slight on it on different mediums...but what the fuck was that?! Did Marc Forster actually read the book? I know its only brief footage, but it looks like they have taken one of the finest books written in years, a genuinely scary, satirical look at the modern world and turned it into what looks like I Am Legend 2…wh More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:41 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

Well that Settles It
I love this book and I am not one of those 'Oh the missed the smirk from page 127 paragraph 2'. Different mediums can and should have a different take on a story. In saying that unless this trailer is widely misleading then they have taken the story and stripped in back to 'Zombies' and then changed them to be some kinda Zombie Tsunami. Which basically removes everything that set the book above others in its genre. What a waste. More

Posted by pump_action at 09:29 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

Fast zombies?
e minor spoilers to the book:How faithful the film remains to Max Brooks excellent novel remains to be seen..." The presence of fast zombies suggests it isn't all that faithful - it's been a couple of years since I last read the book, but I seem to remember the slow speed of the zombies being a key characteristic: both in terms of illustrating the inevitability of them / death catching the survivors and how easy "Zack" is to kill ("They aren't in a rush, so why are you?"). And now we have More

Posted by FoximusPrime at 09:21 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

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