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December 3, 2008 - World War Z / writer comments

Scooped on Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"Most zombie movies to this point have been small, focusing on a few people in a house. And this has got real scare. You're in India with hundreds of boats trying to get out of there with a tidal wave of zombies. The scale of what we're doing here is phenomenal."

That's what screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski explained to MTV Movies Blog about his part in the marking of the World War Z movie. Comparing his script's tone to that of The Bourne Identity, the Babylon 5 creator explained how he approached adapting Max Brooks' epic novel into a film story. "The fictional concept of the book is that its written by someone with the UN, so let's tell that story," he said. "Let's show the book being written. We follow this guy all over the world as he goes on these interviews, and he has his own personal story as well. You're cutting between the past and the present, how he got to this point."

Straczynski finished his first draft in the spring and now that Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster is on-board, he's working with the helmer on a final pass through. The ambitious hope is that the production can move ahead to schedule the first day of filming shortly after the start of 2009.

"Some of it is crazy in scale," Straczynski states. "It's huge. It's as political as the book was. And it ends with that book being completed."

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