J. Michael Straczynski, the man who created what remains one of TV most complex serial dramas “Babylon 5”, is set to write the adaptation of “World War Z” by Max Brooks for Paramount Pictures reports IGN.
The novel, a clever collection of retrospective interview anecdotes, covers the accounts of nearly four dozen people from all walks of life who played different parts in a virus pandemic that turned most of the world’s population into zombies and threatened to overwhelm the globe until we fought back.
Various chapters have some strong political bents – an ex-Apartheid official develops an inhumane but effective solution to the zombie plagues, Israel undergoes a controversial self-quarantine, North America becomes a wasteland whilst Cuba prospers, and China is essentially responsible for the outbreak thanks to the ecological disruption caused by the Three Gorges Dam.
“I’m adapting that for Paramount. For Brad Pitt potentially — we’ll see what happens. He might be the star in it. It’s very political, very smart, very cagey” says Straczynski.
The main problem of course is structure – each chapter deals with a different character in a different situation so he is constructing the film around the interviewer who will travel from place to place visiting people.
He adds “I’m being very faithful to the book, letter by letter when I can, and I’m on about page 70 right now and I’m really happy with it”.