For the last few weeks, news items concerning World War Z have raised a few questions, mostly about the plot itself. What's it about? How faithful to the book will it be? Well, Paramount sent a press release regarding yesterday's news break that the film will open December 21, 2012. The release provides a few official details and answers a few questions.
Paramount Pictures announced today it has set a release date of December 21st, 2012 for World War Z starring Academy AwardÃ’-nominee Brad Pitt, with Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) directing. The geo-political thriller from Paramount and Skydance Productions, in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films, is a Plan B Entertainment/Apparatus Productions production that is shooting in England following initial photography completed in Malta last month. The film will also shoot in Scotland and Hungary.
Produced by Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Colin Wilson, the screenplay is written by Matthew Michael Carnahan (State of Play) from Max Brooksâ€™ best-selling novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Starring Pitt (Moneyball), Mireille Enos (AMCâ€™s â€œThe Killingâ€), Daniella Kertesz in her feature film debut, James Badge Dale (The Departed) and Matthew Fox (â€œLostâ€), the filmâ€™s Executive Producers are Forster, Brad Simpson, David Ellison, Paul Schwake, Dana Goldberg, Graham King and Tim Headington.
The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerryâ€™s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.
Behind-the-scenes talent includes two-time Academy AwardÃ’-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson (The Aviator; JFK), production designer Nigel Phelps (Transformers: Dark of the Moon; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), costume designer Mayes C. Rubeo (Avatar) and Academy AwardÃ’-nominated editor Matt ChessÃ¨ (Finding Neverland).
Source: Ryan Turek, Managing Editor