“World War Z” : Public Service Announcement (PSA)
World War Z : Movie vs. Book
Zombie videos going viral. Just like the “zombie” virus that will ultimately spread through humanity and bring an end to the world as we know it, we also get to see some viral videos about the World War Z film. This one is a public service announcement (PSA) about the “zombie” crisis / virus and how we all have to work together for the safety of humanity. “Kumbayah“ y’all, an pass the granola.
I love watching these viral videos and I still have high hopes that the film will be a major hit at the box office. Though the film claims to be based upon the the amazing novel known as World War Z by Max Brooks, it appears that claim is really in title only. Well, OK, they both are about zombies, but that is where the similarity ends as the movie has little to do with the best selling book by Max Brooks.
Yes, the film World War Z is nothing like its namesake book which reads as a collection of articles, news reports, and journal entries. In a recent interview, World War Z book author, Max Brooks, was asked about his feelings towards the film and its script:
“I said: Why would I read this? This is not the movie you’re going to make. You’re going to do re-writes and re-shoots. That’s what happens when you make a giant movie. My attitude is if you haven’t invited me in to contribute, then fine. Go make the movie you want to make and I’ll see it when it comes out.”
Brooks, come from a Hollywood family home and seems to have expected that his book was going to be optioned for the title alone. When asked how fans of the books might react to the movie, Brooks said:
”I cannot guarantee that the movie will be the book that they love. And I’m in no position to tell people to see this movie or not see it. If I’m asked I say: See the movie as a movie and judge it as a movie.”
Personally, I enjoyed the documentary report style of the book World War Z and it would be a pleasure to witness a few of those scenes from the book brought to life on the big screen, but, knowing how Hollywood operates, that dream seems unlikely. I am not saying that I will not go see the film, because really want to see what Hollywood can produce with a big-budget zombie feature. I also know that to have a film with impact, the film needs to have great characters, story and direction.
I know that the Zombies.Network team and I are really looking forward to release of the World War Z film and have scheduled a team-building event to view its release. (Shhh. . . do not tell the zombie worker-beez that I curtailed their plans to call in sick on June 21st and go to the movies without me.) <<grin>>
Keep calm and watch on.