Brad Pitt’s ‘World War Z’ Movie On Verge Of Cancellation Even With Promised PG-13 Rating
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A lot of people seemed to be pretty excited about an adaptation of the Max Brooks novel, World War Z. The book tells the story of a zombie outbreak and the human fight against them told through various first-person accounts of the devastating event.

A movie adaptation of the book has been in the works for a long while now with Brad Pitt attached to star and his Plan B Entertainment producing. The script was originally written by J. Michael Straczynski and recently rewritten by Matthew Michael Carnahan, with Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster locked to helm the project. Even with the long developmental period all signs pointed to World War Z being a huge future blockbuster, but now Paramount Pictures is having second thoughts…and they might just call it off completely.

Sources are indicating that right now, as it stands, Paramount is excited about the movie but they don’t want to risk going all-in without a co-financier. The cost of making World War Z is currently estimated at around $125 million, and they just don’t want to throw down that kind of coin without someone else there to sink or swim with them.

You might think this caution would be because a post-apocalyptic zombie war movie is a guaranteed R-rated production and big budget R-rated blockbusters, as we all know, are something that Hollywood studios simply don’t have the balls to back, even if movie-goers are buzzing with excitement over them. But this is not the case. A deal between Paramount and Forster to guarantee a PG-13 final cut was already reached, so it’s really just about not having to spend all that money alone. The studio is currently talking to multiple companies in hopes that one of them wants in.

And now, knowing this is definitely a PG-13 zombie movie if it ever happens, your collective interests in this movie have likely dropped a significant percentage anyway. So do we even care if it gets made anymore? What do you think?

[Source: Vulture]


  1. “What do you think” you ask me? I think there’s no such thing as a watchable PG-13 zombie movie. I think I’ll spend my money on the book (or get it for free from the library) instead of buying a movie ticket. I think that if you’re going to spend $125 million, you should make a nasty, bloody, gore-splattered movie with all that money.

    Comment by FatMat426 — March 23, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

  2. I read the book. It’s not a movie so much as a series of short vignettes. There is no real starring role. The book also is written in an incredibly adolescent style, and is a front for Zionist propaganda. For instance, Israel is known for it’s association with illegal organ trafficking, hence the premise that the plague was spread from China through illegal organ trafficking does not jibe with Israel being unaffected. Also, the Palestinians were forced to flee in 1948 because of Der Yasein and similiar events, but not according to Mel’s son.
    Being Mel Brooks’s son, I assume Max has always enjoyed a rather high standard of creature comforts, so what precisely is he so pissed about? He has many of the prejudices of the angry Talmudist. Please remember Max, many Christians enjoyed your Dad’s films (me too), so perhaps your neocon WW2 misinformation should be re-examined out of gratitude for the ticket sales, if nothing else. You are being used.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 25, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

  3. ••• I honestly feel the same way most people do about a movie like this. You simply can’t make a good adaptation of this book without losing its soul in the process. The scene in Yonkers with the millions of zombies tearing the soldiers a new one is an easy R rating. I say the smart thing to do is have 2 versions in theaters. PG-13 for the tweener crowd, and R after 9pm. That would be a good idea.

    Comment by TheSpung — April 8, 2011 @ 2:09 am

  4. Hollywood is insane. The Walking Dead on cable was solid Gold. They made history with their ratings. World War Z has a huge fan base. If made, it would blow up the box office. It would be a huge opening.

    Comment by James Savik — April 15, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

  5. The WWZ story line is highly political and dramatic, which is not going to attract the teenagers.

    And the violence….its a ZOMBIE movie. You kill them by decapition or you are eaten alive! This cannot be successfully done as PG 13.
    Its like bowling with no pins at the end of the lane.

    Can you imagine the movie “28 days later” as a PG 13?

    Comment by Coyotee_rody — April 20, 2011 @ 10:35 am

  6. Let it go already. i’ve been a fan of this book for at least 4 years now and I have been riding this movie adaptation roller coaster far too long. The fans of the story, the ones who the real money would have been made from, have lost faith that anything resembling the book’s fantastic story can be produced. Paramount is $hi77ing the bed on this one at our expense.

    Comment by chastain — April 23, 2011 @ 4:15 am

  7. Don’t know if it will make much of a difference but what we could do as fans is go to paramounts website and send them emails letting them know that they are dropping the ball on this if they don’t make the movie or try to make it as a PG 13 joke.

    Comment by Zebulonbatke — May 8, 2011 @ 12:30 am

  8. Wtf!!! Are they kidding? Pg13 for a zombie movie!! Get outta here with that bull!! Why doesn’t Brad and Angelina finance part of it you know they have enough!

    Comment by Lwilson429 — May 17, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

  9. And if I were Max Brooks, I would tell them to go and get F#@KED and take the rights back! I know, its not that easy for Max, contracts and all, but what the Hell was he thinking when he leased out the rights in the first place… oh, wait a moment — MONEY!! And what is this happy horsesh!t of a PG-13 rating? Its a zombie horror story for crying out loud!! Oh, well, this could have been a contender (paraphrasing Marlon Brando there).  

    Comment by Michael Bryan Walt — May 18, 2011 @ 8:25 am

  10. Lets hope Walking Dead can help them change their minds. HA! who am i kiddin?  Of to the Hollywood boneyard with yet another brilliant story.

    Comment by Chokenow — May 18, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

  11. as with most people who fell in love with this book i think that it is nigh impossible to actually turn it into a good movie (as with any book really, there will always be a loss in the soul of the book) and so i think that in this specific case, the worrying bit about the production isnt whether or not it will be pg13 (if i remember correctly its easy as hell to get into r rated movies, at least in nyc, you just sneak in) but how well they can actually adapt a book that is written as a bunch of short stories with nothing tying them together other then the zombies and the interviewer. with the way the book is written there arent even that many scenes that would be horrific, barring the scene in yonkers, and maybe a few other scenes but for the most part the book focuses more on humanity for me at least. and i think that anyone who read this book and enjoyed it, would enjoy a pg13 rated movie that gave them the same feeling after seeing it, as the book gave them after reading it. Its not a zombie gore book and i dont think it should be a zombie gore movie either. if it becomes an r rated zombie movie i think it will lose a lot of the originality in the book and the story itself. but yeah i would love to see it made, if anything it will just make one appreciate the book more then before, or it will truly be an amazing film and everyone will love it forever and ever. and the survival guide by brooks will gain more attention and then when a zombie apocolypse actually happens, the masses will be prepared. all in all i think it has to be made. 

    Comment by shaidycakes — June 14, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

  12. You lost all credibility when you said World War Z is a front for Zionist propaganda. I suppose if a birthday cake had the words “Jews r cool” it’s also the work of the international Zionist conspiracy as well?

    I didn’t think people could be this fucking stupid, but you take the cake. Congrats bro.

    Comment by Talon Xerviere Amores — June 17, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

  13. WTF WTF!!!?!!? PG MOVIE!!!?!!?! WTF?!!?!?! is this a joke??? is that locked in PG really??? thats cool now i can watch it with my little brothers ill buy popcorn and we can all hav a cup of soda to top it all off  

    Comment by Stuart — June 20, 2011 @ 6:19 am

  14. Too bad Paramount doesn’t have the balls to back what could have been a great zombie flick in ‘World War Z’.  Thank God that AMC has the greatest zombie television series in ‘The Walking Dead’ to give me my full of brain eating, apocolyptic action.

    Comment by JbobBoston — June 22, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

  15. You can’t make a PG-13 Zombie movie and more than you can make a Rated R Porn.  It is an oxy-moron in both concept and reality.

    Comment by Nottelling — June 22, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

  16. You can’t make a PG-13 Zombie movie and more than you can make a Rated R Porn.  It is an oxy-moron in both concept and reality.

    Comment by Nottelling — June 22, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

  17. this book is so obviously racist, I’m surprised readers haven’t complain to the publishers. Just look at how in the middle east only Israel is the last bastion of hope. Just examine how the book portrays Israel’s neighbours, it is pure racism as only Israel are made out to be the first country to recognise the epidemic for what it is. every other nation is described as being inept and ill prepared. Zionist racism at its very best because nobody notices. 

    Comment by Armstrong — September 12, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

  18. I don’t know…might it be because Israel is an armed nation, in which every man and woman is required to serve two years (at least) in the IDF?  Maybe, just maybe, their survival is built around the premise that they have been surviving in a hostile environment since 1948?  Israelis are also extremely pragmatic as a nation.  If it supports the survival of the nation, then it is an acceptable solution.  Therefore, they would not be hung up on the whole individual rights versus good of society debate.  If they had to institute a “shoot them in the head before they get back up” policy, they would.  If they had to completely close their borders and shoot anyone trying to enter, they would.  Israel has a genetic survival instinct and would therefore be the most prepared nation in the world, if such a catastrophe were to take place.  So, before you and any other a**h*** starts spouting Zionist conspiracy  b***s***, consider well the reality of the world political situation.  Middle Eastern countries are notoriously factious and would fall as the factions turned against one another in order to try to control the situation.  Israel, by comparison, and when faced with a possible end of the world scenario would activate that instinctive survival gene and do whatever is absolutely necessary to preserve their cultural and political identity.  Max Brooks is actually a well-educated and knowledgable person in terms of the socio-political intracacies of the world.  Let me end this rant by saying that not everything in the world is racist or supremist.  Some things just needed to be taken for what they are….

    Comment by Bramerdaniel — October 17, 2011 @ 10:32 am

  19. —–STILL MORE ‘on board’ –and ‘agenda friendly’ predictive
    programming from full blown CFR members —–Brangelina.

    FACT IS —W W III is set, by the Globalists, and has NOTHING
    to do with the Mid East.

    FACT IS —the Globalists have been flooding Europe with ISLAM
    for decades while neutralizing and debauching the churches
    and cultures.

    FACT IS —-ISLAM is to serve as the much needed religious
    component for the nest phase of EUGENICS MASS urbanization
    and phased in MASS EXTERMINATION.

    FACT IS —WW III —IS—– set for around 2020 —-and to be kicked
    off in ——-KOREA.

    FACT IS —it’s to be used to sink the US Pacific Fleet, a la
    Pearl Harbor, lead to the surrender of American sovereignty
    to a new world ‘security order’ —–and to bring in RED China
    as EUGENICS ‘very, very friendly’ Model for eh World and
    —World Enforcer.


    Comment by UP OP — December 1, 2012 @ 9:30 am

  20. If her comment was about how breathtaking Shitlers List was you probably would be the first to give her a thumbs up.


    Comment by York — June 9, 2013 @ 12:20 am

  21. racist garbage !

    film is racist and zionist garbage, i don’t know about the book, i heard book is a satire, therefore actually critical of racism in a satirical way !?

    Comment by Santa — October 26, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

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