Over at JoBlo.com they have the new, extended trailer for WWZ and I weep. I have read all Max Brooks‘ books and loved WWZ. This film is NOT that book. To me, it looks as though they spent the money on the title then threw away the book. The “zombies” are running, flipping, gravity defying CGI abominations. Remember I am Legend? Well the effects run along that vein. The film looks like a typical, summer blockbuster with Brad Pitt, and as a Max Brooks fan, it is heartbreaking.
A while back I got to speak with Mr. Brooks at a signing/speech at the local university. In the front row I was thoroughly entertained by his talk. I even got up the nerve to raise my hand and ask a question. He called me a hippie. After the speech, I went to have my copies of WWZ and The Zombie Survival Guide signed. I had my photo taken with him and asked him one last thing. “How is the movie turning out?”. He just looked up at me and then sighed as he shook his head. Not a good sign.
Check out the trailer for yourselves, but be warned, it ain’t the book. A special treat and proof that humanity is about to collapse, the comments section. It is filled with, “I didn’t read the book but…”. So many people are defending this movie who haven’t even read the damn book! READ PEOPLE! It is fundamental!