Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski spoke with MTV recently about his adaptation of Max Brooks' World War Z, the zombie epic directed by Quantum of Solace's Marc Forster that's set up at Paramount.
The film is a detailed account 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 zombie war that obliterated every country on the map.
"The fictional concept of the book is that its written by someone with the UN, so let's tell that story," the writer explains of his approach. "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."
He adds it will be unlike anything we've seen in the sub-genre. "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 weâ€™re doing here is phenomenal."
For the full interview, click here.