Brad Pitt talked exactly a year ago about his desire to write, produce and bring ideas to film that might not make it in Hollywood. So what’s his latest project? A zombie film. The first teaser trailer, out today (Nov. 6) is uninspiring and clichéd.
Pitt, 47, plays a U.N. official who is racing around the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly pandemic that turns people into, you guessed it, zombies. And they’re garden variety, too.
The film is based on the 2006 post-apocalyptic horror novel by Max Brooks. It follows his 2003 book, “The Zombie Survival Guide.” Both books were hugely popular. But as zombie flicks go, not much to distinguish it, except maybe the special effects.
It’s definitely not as campy as 2009’s “Zombieland,” nor as thought-provoking as Will Smith’s “I Am Legend,” a remake of the 1964 zombie classic “The Last Man on Earth” and 1971’s “The Omega Man.”
Last year, Pitt was all about hitting the long ball. “I am really enjoying the producing side and development of stories and putting those pieces together. And getting stories to the plate that might have had a tougher time otherwise,” he said during a 2011 interview on Australian television.
But after “Moneyball” and “The Tree of Life,” he apparently was ready for some easy lifting. “World War Z” looks like it will be nothing more than a summer action/adventure yarn. It’s intensely commercial, more so than anything Pitt’s done in a while.
Still zombies are all the rage these days, right up there with vampires. “The Walking Dead” on AMC debuted in 2010 and has proved to be hugely popular.
“World War Z” will have one saving grace, it’s supposed to be the most realistic film ever made about zombies, which of course don’t exist. But everything else is, well, real.
The film will debut during summer blockbuster season in June 2013. The first extended look will air on “Entertainment Tonight” Thursday (Nov. 8). In the meantime, check out the promo trailer below, and click here to follow TheImproper on Twitter for more film updates.