“World War Z” is my all-time favorite zombie apocalypse book. It earned this status because the author injected a single “sci-fi” idea (lumbering zombie hordes) and built a real world around it. A world populated with intelligent people trying to stay alive in the face of a terrifying threat. Every tactic, response and human behavior literally sang with truth and for that alone it is a favorite of mine. Others felt the same and Hollywood smelled a blockbuster in the making. Here is the Hollywood take on this terrific novel.
You know what I smell? Shit.
A journalist recounting vignettes of zombie apocalypse survivors now resembles a Michael Bay movie. The zombie “floods” are particularly galling because the book went to great pains demonstrating that even slow Romero-style zombies are a serious threat. I expected this sad turn of events when I ran into Max Brooks at Comicon last year and he indicated that his input on the film was…limited. I have no proof but after viewing the trailer I now understand “limited” means “Get the hell away from us making a mindless blockbuster. Enjoy your payday.”
So, just this once I will cheer for the zombies. I hope they do not get a tummy ache gnawing on Brad Pitt’s plastic face.
Trask, The Last Tyromancer