Here's how you a light fire under the ass of film that's been slow going in development.
You cast Brad Pitt.
The actor, who was initially slated to produce an adaptation of Max Brooks' World War Z, is now attached in a leading role. Brooks received the news himself while conducting an interview with MTV.
Pitt's production company Plan B first secured the rights to World War Z back in 2007.
Brooks says that the studio is targeting a summer 2012 release for the film, about a worldwide infestation of flesh-eating zombies. Brooks - the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft - wrote a detailed tale in which a researcher for the U.N. Postwar Commission interviews survivors from countries all over the world, 10 years after the crisis, to gather a first-person post-mortem on a war that obliterated every country on the map.
The original screenplay was written by J. Michael Straczynski, but was later rewritten by Matthew Michael Carnahan.