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Joss Whedon (‘The Avengers’, ‘Firefly’, ‘Buffy’, etc) takes on Shakespeare! Beyond the title I’m not familiar with the play or any of its previous movie adaptations, but I’m very excited about this concept.

At last, here is the first trailer for zombie blockbuster ‘World War Z‘, which is due for cinema release in June (July in Norway). Starring Brad Pitt, the director will be Marc Forster and the screenplay is by Damon Lindelof. There are some good reasons to be optimistic about this film, and some genuine causes for skepticism.

Pros:

  • Marc Forster has directed one of my favourite films, ‘Finding Neverland‘ (2004), as well as a handful of other beautifully directed titles, such as ‘Stranger Than Fiction‘ (2006), ‘Stay‘ (2005) and ‘Monster’s Ball‘ (2001), all of which I can recommend. He has a firm grip on all of these: the pacing, comedic timing and emotional triggers are remarkably fine-tuned. Through these, Forster has proved that he masters a great variety of genres and visual expressions.
  • The film is based on great source material, the highly acclaimed novel ‘World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War’, by Max Brooks.
  • Anything with Brad Pitt in it is worth spending a couple of hours on. His performances are always enjoyable even if all his films are not.
  • One of my mates have worked on the special effects, which as always leaves me excited to see the result.

Cons:

  • Forster is also behind the messy and tedious ‘Quantum of Solace‘, the disappointing follow-up to the excellent ‘Casino Royale‘ which rebooted the James Bond franchise in 2006. This is cause for some serious worry. As great as he may be in his dealings with drama, dark comedy and mystery, he has shown he has major difficulties with large-scale action. This worry is strengthened by rumours of weeks of reshooting scenes from ‘Z‘ due to Forster’s difficulty finding the film’s “voice”.
  • Forster and Pitt (who is also the producing the film) have allegedly been severely at odds during filming.
  • To every good apocalyptic blockbuster, there are at least half a dozen bad ones.
  • Well, frankly, the trailer doesn’t exactly blow me away.

What do you think, is ‘World War Z’ worth getting excited about? Leave a comment below.