World War Z trilogy?
An interview with Brad Pitt has revealed that there are hopes, and perhaps even plans, to turn the film World War Z into a franchise, that is before the first film has been seen and despite the many changes from the original novel including the seeming move from the interview documentary style to a more action-adventure and real time story.
It would be an interesting idea to see the novel turned into a trilogy, but does that mean that they've only filmed a part of the World War Z story, or is it that they've discovered more from the filming of the book that could turn into a trilogy?
Brad Pitt was speaking about various films he's releasing this year and his own career but the comments about World War Z being a trilogy are not form his own mouth, and it appears to be the first that we're hearing about a potential trilogy.
The article in the L.A. Times says the following:
For Pitt, the big sci-fi thriller also represents his strongest bid to have a big film franchise of his own, which might be viewed as the missing piece of his career jigsaw puzzle. Forster and Paramount Pictures each view "World War Z" as a trilogy that would have the grounded, gun-metal realism of, say, Damon's Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC's "The Walking Dead."
So it's more that Marc Forster, the director, and the studio behind the film believe that there's a franchise in there, but why?
The novel for World War Z (Amazon.co.uk) is a documentary style that sees a series of interviews with survivors of a worldwide zombie outbreak talk about the events and the whole idea is treated as if it had really happened with the style, characters and events feeling as though they are being interviewed about a genocide that they survived, it has that feeling of reality to it.
It's an excellent and clever novel, but it is just one and it seems to clear up the story without leaving the possibility of another novel, never mind two. So why do the director and studio believe there are another two films there?
Well one reason might be that they've only filmed part of the story of World War Z, perhaps building up to a point when the zombie infestation is at its peak where it can be no longer controlled by border controls, army, etc. Maybe there's enough in the analysis of how separate countries would deal with the problem, of how the UN would step into help, and what affect it would have on different people all around the world to give us one strong first film? If that is the case then come the end we're just seeing the disease grow larger than countries can deal with?
That would leave us with another film to look at the worst of the outbreak and perhaps a film after that to look at how humanity returns from the brink.
Of course this is all speculation, and just as easily the film might tell the whole story that they've adapted from the World War Z novel and it's just that the director and the studio see other stories to tell from that. Maybe they would be sequels but equally there could be a prequel tale or other stories in the exact same time frame as the first film, just in other locations with other people.
Who knows? Right now we know that there are heavy changes from the novel to the film version and we're waiting to see how that film pans out. Also we have no official confirmation that this is going to be a trilogy, and let's face reality a little here, the director or studio could just be exploring the possibilities getting ready if the first film does well, they could be pitching to create work, it could all just be speculation at this point.
The question is what would a World War Z trilogy look to? Split the novel into three? Create new stories in the same time frame or add new prequels and sequels to the existing story? What would you prefer to see?