World War Z Being Looked At As The First Of A Trilogy

If it hasn't already been made abundantly clear, Hollywood loves franchises and sequels. Whether prudent or not, studios will do everything in their power to produce sequels to movies that may not necessarily need them. And it stars in pre-production too. The Hunger Games and Twilight were so appealing to the movie industry not just because of book sales but because they came prepackaged as a potential trilogy.

World War Z, however, was not that. While certainly epic, Max Brook's "oral history of the zombie war" was entirely contained in one book - and it's a great book at that. But now that there's a movie adaptation in the works, directed by Marc Forster and set to be released this December, apparently that story has changed.

An article from the Los Angeles Times has revealed that both Forster and Paramount Pictures are seeing World War Z not just as a one-and-done, but as a full trilogy. While the article doesn't go into depth about how the story would be split up (or if the entire trilogy will be taken from the book or new stories will be created) the goal is apparently to "have the grounded, gun-metal realism of, say, Damon's Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC's The Walking Dead."

What's interesting about this is that this would actually only be the second franchise that Brad Pitt has been involved in (the first being Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's movies) and the first time that he would be the star. We already know that the story is being changed quite a bit from Max Brooks' book, but we'll just have to wait and see just how significant those changes will be when the movie comes out. In the meantime, for more news and info about World War Z, head over to our Blend Film Database.

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