Even if you’re sick to death of zombie movies and promotional clips that plagiarize Hans Zimmer’s Inception score, you may be surprised to find the new trailer for World War Z mildly tolerable.
Yes, it features the same super-fast zombies that we’ve seen before in 28 Days Later and, yes, it also features the same “burgh…burgh…burgh…burgh” motif that we’ve heard before in every movie trailer since 2010, but have we ever seen super-fast zombies and heard the Inception theme music at the same time? To the best of my knowledge, no. (Unless the monster from Prometheus counts as a zombie, in which case, yes).
Based on the novel by Max Brooks, World War Z has had a long and troubled production history. The rights to the book were first purchased back in 2007 by Brad Pitt’s production company, and since then, four different writers have had a go at it. The first draft was written by J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling), the second draft by Matthew Michael Carnahan (Lions For Lambs), the third draft by Damon Lindelof (Prometheus), and the fourth draft by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods). Many of these re-writes apparently occurred during filming, which would explain why the film’s budget ballooned from $120 to $170 million.
Other potential problems with the movie: It’s rated PG-13 (a faithful adaptation of Max Brooks’ novel would most definitely earn an R), it’s release date has been repeatedly pushed back (never a good sign), and the plot of Max Brooks’ novel seems to have been radically streamlined around Brad Pitt’s character (the novel is written as a UN Report without a main hero).
Still, the zombies and Inception music do make a fairly potent combination.