In “World War Z,” director Marc Forster’s film adaptation of Max Brooke’s best-selling novel, “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” the “Z” stands for “Zombie.” Lots of zombies. Zombies that, as visual effects supervisor John Nelson explains, “are like predatory animals that can’t control themselves. Their instinct to infect is so basic, efficient and overpowering. They will go through anything. If they lose both legs, they will walk on their hands.” And with the human population falling by the millions, the Zs appear to be on track towards taking over the world.
Against this backdrop meet Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), a United Nations researcher and devoted family man. With civilization teetering on collapse, Gerry is tapped to travel the world in a race against time. His goal: to search for information that will stop the zombie outbreak that is toppling armies and governments around the globe.
The screenplay for “World War Z” was written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Damon Lindelof. Mireille Enos plays Gerry’s wife, Karin, while Daniella Kertesz is his comrade-in-arms, Segen. The horror/thriller also stars James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse. Paramount Pictures plans to release “World War Z” on June 21, 2013.