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Nerd Boner: Brad Pitt To Star In WWZ

By 07.22.10

While the ladies of Comic Con may be swooning over Vince and his homemade Snorks costume, the first big movie news to develop is that Brad Pitt has officially signed on to star in the movie adaptation of World War Z. Author Max Brooks was signing copies of his books for fans when he received news from Paramount that Pitt was locked on starring in the film that his Plan B Entertainment purchased the rights to in 2007. Brooks also learned that Paramount has optioned two additional films, based on his book “The Zombie Survival Guide” and his graphic novel “The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.”

Feed us the BRAAAAAAAAAAINS of this huge deal, MTV’s Rick Marshall:

“I can’t believe how cool Paramount has been to me and these projects, and how cool Plan B has been,” said Brooks when asked for his reaction to the news.

According to Brooks, the studio is currently targeting a Summer 2012 release for the film, which chronicles a worldwide zombie outbreak through the first-hand accounts of survivors. The original screenplay was penned by “Babylon 5″ creator J. Michael Straczynski, but was later rewritten by Matthew Michael Carnahan.

Brooks said the studio recently received a new draft of the “World War Z” script, and “Quantum of Solace” director Marc Forster is still attached to direct the film.

Pitt’s Plan B had a huge bidding war over World War Z with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way company, so either way Brooks’ awesome literary vision of the zombie apocalypse was probably going to get the star treatment. And I’m sitting here like a little girl right now, because I so rarely read books and I’ve read WWZ twice, as well as “The Zombie Survival Guide,” so seeing that Pitt, who my mom tells me I resemble in looks, is signed on is a strong assurance that this movie won’t be a piece of doodie.

In other big Comic Con news, the Proactive booth is all out of free samples today, but they promise to return with more tomorrow sometime after the They Might Be Giants tribute band, Purple Toupee, wraps up on the main stage.


TAGSBrad PittMax BrooksNERD BONERWORLD WAR Z

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