The trailer for Marc Foster’s World War Z starring Brad Pitt has finally made its way online, according to E! Online. The film is slated for release next year.
The upcoming motion picture is based on author Max Brooks’ faux history of a zombie apocalypse that grips the world. While folks have been singing the book’s praises for years, the movie has been a source of great anxiety for hardcore fans. Multiple re-shoots, changes to the story, and numerous production problems suggest the film could be in serious trouble.
In the film, Brad Pitt stars as journalist who is charged with covering the zombie outbreak. In order to stop the apocalypse from spreading to every single corner of the globe, Bitt embarks on a quest to stop the ghouls from taking over.
In addition to Pitt, the film stars The Killing alum Mireille Enos, Anthony Mackie, and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston. While the film may have had some trouble during production, the trailer doesn’t look all that bad. You can find the clip embedded below.
According to Word and Film, fans of book have taken issue with the fact that neither Brad Pitt nor the plot exist in the original story. This has caused many people to turn their nose up at the upcoming cinematic adaptation. What’s more, zombie aficionados have taken issue with the film’s “running zombies.”
Visual effects supervisor John Nelson, who also did work for Iron Man, likens the film’s undead to those found in director Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake. Instead of shambling around, these zombies have a tendency to charge after their fleeing prey.
“They are like predatory animals that can’t control themselves,” he explained to Entertainment Weekly. “I worked with tigers [while shooting Gladiator], and if you watch them when a horse goes by they go batty, even if they know they can’t reach it. When Zs see humans they do same thing, they activate. They launch themselves.”
He added, “There are a lot of things in nature we’re mining as references. They move like birds or school of fish, too, in reactive formations, and it’s not because they have a higher level of [shared] thinking or communication – it’s about their nature and the fact that their instinct to infect is so basic, efficient, and overpowering. They will go through anything. If they lose both legs, they will walk on their hands. They lock in and they’re like salmon going upstream or sperm swimming to be the first to egg.”
Regardless of whether you hate running zombies or are displeased with the way the studio has handled World War Z, the movie is scheduled to hit North American theaters on June 21, 2013. The first trailer is included below.