I, too, saw the WWZ trailer the other day in front of Star Trek. While I had seen most of those bits before, it just reminded me how awful the movie is going to be. Why completely change the original source material? Why not give it a unique name and write your own story?
I think the key here lies in what the book World War Z is: which is a well-written and fresh take on the neverending Zombie presence in pop culture. It’s a fantastic book and concept in and of itself, but you also get some joy in seeing such stale subject material really treated in a great and exciting way.
WWZ was global: each chapter was told by someone of a different age, gender, race, or ethnicity than the person before them. The world is telling the story. Also, the reflective nature of the story (for those of you who haven’t read it, it’s written mirroring popular oral histories of the world wars) is humbling, frightening. While we know there’s a “happy” ending, relatively, the book seems told without ego: humanity was thoroughly fucked.
So what do we have in movie form? A zombie film about Brad Pitt interviewing zombies in romantic global locales to find the best way to kick zombie ass. American style, probably.
If we can have sexy teenage gothic vampire as its own young adult book/movie category, why can’t we have an innovative zombie film? And haven’t we learned by now that massive rewrites are usually death?
Ah well, we always knew the movie could never match the book. But I think I may skip it altogether for a reread.