There are some minor spoilers below, but most of what we saw consisted primarily of action scenes, with little dialogue or plot development (and we saw nothing of the film’s ending, of course).
Another narrow escape finds Pitt and his wounded military escort on a crowded commercial plane, where — the trailer indicates — even more hell breaks loose.
As Forster explained, the film’s zombies aren’t super-powered, they’re just driven by pure, animal instinct; they don’t know when a roof is ending and that the ground is going to fall out from under them. Likewise, they don’t see windows, doors or walls as impediments, they just keep trying to run and push through them in order to feed. They’re like cannibalistic parkour enthusiasts all jacked up on PCP. And that means shots of them head butting their way through windshields in order to chomp on car-bound victims.
In this way, “WWZ” is less about surviving a widespread epidemic or hiding from terrifying creatures that used to be your friends and family, and more about dealing with a seemingly unstoppable force of nature, the kind more typically seen in a disaster movie.
“WWZ” appears to be very loosely adapted from Brooks’ book, and may have sacrificed the highly-detailed, reflective — and often overtly political — nature of the book’s fictitious interviews in favor of balls-to-the-wall action set pieces.
Go to page two to read more about changes to the book and the film’s re-shoots.
While the book takes place over a decade or so, from initial outbreak to ongoing clean-up efforts, Forster revealed that the film takes place over just a few days, near the beginning of the outbreak. Therefore, many of the book’s stories about the massive, New Deal-style mobilization of the American survivors, the door-to-door clean-up, and the seemingly endless aftermath won’t be seen in the film, although Pitt has hinted that “WWZ” could be the first film in a trilogy. Likewise, Forster noted that some of the book’s characters will be seen fleetingly or at least mentioned in the film, including Jurgen Waimbrunn.
The relentless scenes we saw at Paramount this week offered very little time to breathe, but Forster assured the press that the film does have some reflective moments, in line with Brooks’ book.
Forster noted that there was a “big difference” between what was originally shot and the new ending, although he wouldn’t elaborate on what the difference was. He called the re-shoot process “refreshing,” adding that Bergman and Fellini often re-worked endings upon reflection. However, Bergman and Fellini never made a zombie movie with a rumored budget of $200 million.
“I hope that most of the zombie fans will appreciate all the new things we have in the movie that they haven’t seen before in this particular genre,” Forster added.
He described “WWZ” as “a film about a global crisis. Yes, it is a zombie film, but it speaks about some global issues. It might bring in other viewers.”
“World War Z” also stars Julia Levy-Boeken, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, Elyes Gabel and David Morse.