J. Michael Straczynski Talks World War Z

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MTV talked to screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski about adapting World War Z, the Paramount adaptation of the Max Brooks best-selling novel to be directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace).

The novel is a detailed tale in which a researcher for the U.N. Postwar Commission interviews survivors from countries all over the world, 10 years after a worldwide infestation of flesh-eating zombies, to gather a first-person post-mortem on a war that obliterated every country on the map.

“We talk about it as a thriller, the closest comparison being ‘The Bourne Identity,'” explained Straczynski, “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 we’re doing here is phenomenal.”

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