When it was first announced that Paramount planned to adapt Max Brooks’ World War Z, many fans wondered how director Marc Foster could possibly hope to do justice to its decade-spanning narrative and all its many interlinked vignettes with just a single feature film. Then it was revealed that they pretty much planned to ditch the book’s “aftermath” conceit and refocus on the more crowd-pleasing narrative of Brad Pitt fighting zombies—a strategy that promised more dramatic tension, perhaps, but less resemblance to the World War Z readers recognize, which caused varying degrees of rage. But the L.A. Times digs up some potential good news in this Pitt interview, which casually mentions that World War Z is being eyed as a trilogy, one that could finally get around to looking more like its source material by the time it’s all over, and satisfy that demand for philosophical postmortems colored with hopelessness and despair. Of course, it’s also said to have “the grounded, gun-metal realism of, say, [the] Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC's The Walking Dead.” But more importantly, the hopelessness. Gotta have the hopelessness.
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