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World War Z Movie Still Lumbering Along, Says Writer

30 November 2009 5:26 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

One project worth following is the adaptation of Max Brooks' fantastic novel World War Z, which has been underway at Paramount for quite some time. The book has long been heralded (by yours truly) as the zombie book to end all zombie books, and in my mind it would make quite possibly the coolest 12-part miniseries in the history of cable television. That said, Paramount is still trying to make the dang thing into a feature film. A mistake on many levels, yes. But still potentially chock full of awesome. Last week, Collider caught up with J. Michael Straczynski, the writer assigned to the project, as he was promoting his latest work, Ninja Assassin -- the final product of which does not give us any hope for the future of man, let along the future of Straczynski's work. During the interview, they talked briefly about where World War Z is -- about 5 drafts in -- and »

- Neil Miller

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J. Michael Straczynski Talks World War Z

27 November 2009 12:50 PM, PST | HugAZombie | See recent HugAZombie news »

Comic book writer and Changling screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski recently spoke about many of his upcoming projects, including World War Z. After admitting that he'd written "five drafts" of the script, Straczynski mentioned when he thinks the movie might go into production.

One never knows. The director is attached to it and Paramount really wants to see it done because they have a lot of money invested in this thing. They think it could be a really big film for them.

While that's comforting, director Marc Forster has sent the script on to Matthew Michael Carnahan for a rewrite while Forster shoots The Net-esque thriller Disconnect. Not comforting.

Meanwhile, Straczynski explained how he adapted Max Brooks' book of first person accounts into a screenplay.

A series of interviews, so I basically said, "Well, who did those interviews?" And you tell the story of the guy who works for the »

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J. Michael Straczynski Talks World War Z

26 November 2009 9:25 AM, PST | HugAZombie | See recent HugAZombie news »

Comic book writer and Changling screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski recently spoke about many of his upcoming projects, including World War Z. After admitting that he'd written "five drafts" of the script, Straczynski mentioned when he thinks the movie might go into production.

One never knows. The director is attached to it and Paramount really wants to see it done because they have a lot of money invested in this thing. They think it could be a really big film for them.

While that's comforting, director Marc Forster has sent the script on to Matthew Michael Carnahan for a rewrite while Forster shoots The Net-esque thriller Disconnect. Not comforting.

Meanwhile, Straczynski explained how he adapted Max Brooks' book of first person accounts into a screenplay.

A series of interviews, so I basically said, "Well, who did those interviews?" And you tell the story of the guy who works for the »

- (Fulci)

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Silver Surfer spin-off in doubt, says writer

25 November 2009 1:10 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Writer J. Michael Straczynski has given an update on the Silver Surfer spin-off he penned for 20th Century Fox.

The film would focus on the cosmic-powered being who was introduced in the second Fantastic Four film. Straczynski, the creator and showrunner of Babylon 5, seemed the ideal person to do it.

There's been no movement on the film for some time, apart from Doug Jones saying he was under contract to reprise the role.

Straczynski now tells Collider the project seems to be on hold at present: "What happened was when Fantastic Four 2 didn't do as well as they hoped it would do, it caused them (Fox) to call into question a Silver Surfer movie.

"The script that I wrote picked up right where Fantastic Four 2 left off. So if they do a Silver Surfer film down the road, it'll have to be its own separate [thing]."

Asked whether it would »

- David Bentley

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J.M. Straczynski Talks ‘World War Z’

25 November 2009 7:00 AM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

With both Chris and Matt extremely busy and the American Thanksgiving this week, you know what that means? The Canadians are taking over The Flickcast (are you with me Sal?).

Having celebrated Thanksgiving weeks ago, we’re in the clear to keep the geek news coming while our neighbors to the South take a few days off.  So be prepared to face sentences ending with “eh”, weird dialect (can you say “aboot”) and an abundance of unnecessary apologizing.  Alright, maybe I’m overstating all that but let me take a moment to wish a very Happy upcoming Thanksgiving from all of us up North.

Now, let’s get to that geek news I was talking aboot. Speaking with Collider, writer J. Michael Stracynski commented on one of our highly anticipated film adaptions, Max BrooksWorld War Z. Even having written five drafts of the film Stracynski only had one response »

- Bob Starr

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Straczynski Talks 'Ninja Assassin', Other Projects

22 November 2009 9:10 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

J. Michael Straczynski is pretty darn prolific. According to the Internet Movie Database, he is currently attached to several projects, including film adaptations of the books "World War Z" and "They Marched Into Sunlight", as well as the sci-fi series Lensman.

Comic Book Resources recently caught up with Straczynski, and the Babylon 5 creator discussed his present slate, as well as the experience of working with the Wachowski Brothers on the upcoming Ninja Assassin. Five weeks prior to shooting, Straczynski was brought on-board to do additional work on Michael Sands’ script. The amount of time it took: 53 hours, including two straight days with only two hours sleep per night.

"I don't know if it's a world record, but yeah, it's true," Straczynski said. "I was lucky to have had a long talk — a couple of hours at least — with the Wachowskis before starting, so we could lock down what it needed to accomplish. »

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Preview: Ninja Assassin

20 November 2009 4:01 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Ten years ago, the Wachowski brothers, little known at the time, released their second movie as directors, The Matrix. A product of their love of Hong Kong action movies and Manga, it became huge. The mix of stylish action and spiritual introspection struck a chord, particularly with teenage boys searching for an identity. Two inferior sequels followed, but they did’nt diminish the cultural impact the first movie made, and the Wachowskis were set – they could write their own cheques.

Their follow up movie, Speed Racer, got very mixed reviews. They did, however, unearth a very talented young martial arts actor, Rain. Another young man, by the name of James McTeigue, had worked as a second unit director on all three Matrix movies. Having learnt his trade from the talented brothers, McTeigue made his directorial debut with 2006’s V for Vendetta. The Wachowski, along with their Matrix producer Joel Silver, »

- Barry Steele

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Brad Pitt Entering a Dark Void

19 November 2009 2:51 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Brad Pitt’s Plan B is doing all it can to win over the fan boys.  First, it picked up the rights to Max BrooksWorld War Z covering the zombie world.  Now, according to Risky Business, the company, along with Indian giant Reliance Big Entertainment, is going to take on the alien world, as it has attained the feature film rights to Capcom’s third person shooter, Dark Void.  The film is being developed as a possible starring vehicle for Pitt.

The video game centers on a cargo pilot who is transported to an alternate reality after crashing in the Bermuda Triangle.  He soon finds himself behind hunted by an alien race.  Along with a small band of humans, he tries to fend off the alien threat with a cavalcade of weapons and things that go boom.

Risky Biz projects that, should the film become finalized, it could end »

- Kirk

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Hordes of zombie books attack!

12 November 2009 8:40 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that zombies are hard to kill. And with the abundance of undead books hitting the shelves this fall and winter, it seems the incredibly popular vampire trend still hasn’t put the bullet in all those flesheating brains. From short-story collections to records of infection to silly survival guides to even some Christmas cheer, the undead have been popping up everywhere on the page; here’s a rundown of some ghoulish literature to feast your eyes upon this season:

Two of the more promising tomes in this list come in the form of anthologies. John Skipp served as an editor and commentator on an omnibus titled Zombies: Encounters With The Hungry Dead, out now from Black Dog & Leventhal. Separating the tales into two sections, “Zombies of the Old School” and “Post Emancipation,” Skipp has assembled an impressive »

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Hordes of zombie books attack!

12 November 2009 8:40 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that zombies are hard to kill. And with the abundance of undead books hitting the shelves this fall and winter, it seems the incredibly popular vampire trend still hasn’t put the bullet in all those flesheating brains. From short-story collections to records of infection to silly survival guides to even some Christmas cheer, the undead have been popping up everywhere on the page; here’s a rundown of some ghoulish literature to feast your eyes upon this season:

Two of the more promising tomes in this list come in the form of anthologies. John Skipp served as an editor and commentator on an omnibus titled Zombies: Encounters With The Hungry Dead, out now from Black Dog & Leventhal. Separating the tales into two sections, “Zombies of the Old School” and “Post Emancipation,” Skipp has assembled an impressive »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Samuel Zimmerman)

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Hordes of zombie books attack!

12 November 2009 8:40 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that zombies are hard to kill. And with the abundance of undead books hitting the shelves this fall and winter, it seems the incredibly popular vampire trend still hasn’t put the bullet in all those flesheating brains. From short-story collections to records of infection to silly survival guides to even some Christmas cheer, the undead have been popping up everywhere on the page; here’s a rundown of some ghoulish literature to feast your eyes upon this season:

Two of the more promising tomes in this list come in the form of anthologies. John Skipp served as an editor and commentator on an omnibus titled Zombies: Encounters With The Hungry Dead, out now from Black Dog & Leventhal. Separating the tales into two sections, “Zombies of the Old School” and “Post Emancipation,” Skipp has assembled an impressive »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Samuel Zimmerman)

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World War Z Still on Track

31 October 2009 2:43 AM, PDT | HugAZombie | See recent HugAZombie news »

Last we checked, a new World War Z script was due from the recently hired Matthew Michael Carnahan "in a few weeks", according to author Max Brooks. Presumably, that would have been done by now, but apparently, Brooks and director Marc Forster are still waiting on his script. The Washington Post held an online chat with Brooks who had this to say about the project:

I can tell you that Marc Forster has signed on to direct the project. I just had lunch with him a few weeks ago and he is either the world's best liar or he really wants to make this movie. Right now we're waiting for a new draft of the script. That should determine the next step in the 'developement' process.

Considering Forster's reticence to make the original script by J. Michael Straczynski, it's easy to become fearful that Forster will bail out, putting Wwz  into development hell. »

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World War Z and My Fair Lady: Who’s On and Who’s Off?

30 October 2009 5:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It's nothing like the merry-go-round of screenwriters but it does sometimes seem that pretty much all studio pictures go through a few directors on their way to the screen. Very often a director will board a project, wrestle with it for months, if not years, then depart. Other times, a whole list of directors will have passed pretty much as soon as they close the script and a project can find some time to find somebody willing to commit. The last we told you, Marc Forster was going to direct zombie epic World War Z from a script by Matthew Carnahan. Some rumours bubbled up in the summer that he was off the project, but died down pretty quickly, and now word is definitely that he's very much still in the driving seat. On the other hand, our last report on Joe Wright told you that he would be directing »

- Brendon Connelly

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'Saw VI' Villain Tobin Bell On Jason, Freddy, Mike Myers: 'I've Never Seen Those Films'

28 October 2009 1:30 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

All this week, we've been showcasing celebrity-picked lists of their favorite Halloween-time scare flicks. You already got the scoops from "Paranormal Activity" director Oren Peli and "World War Z" author Max Brooks.

Today we've got none other than Jigsaw, Tobin Bell, speaking at the press junket for "Saw VI." He actually flipped the script a little bit, giving us a list of his favorite villains. And they're not what you'd expect. I'm not even going to write it up; the video speaks for itself. Check it out below.

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- Adam Rosenberg

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'Shattered Union' Computer Game Getting An Adaptation From Jerry Bruckheimer And J. Michael Straczynski

27 October 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

by Blair Marnell

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski have signed on with Disney for a film adaptation of 2K Games' real-time strategy title “Shattered Union.” According to Variety, Mike Stenson and Chad Oman of Jerry Bruckheimer Films will also come onboard as executive producers. The duo is also attached to the upcoming film adaptations of "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" and “The Sorcerer's Apprentice.”

Originally released in 2005, “Shattered Union” is a turn-based tactics game that chronicles the second American Civil War following the nuclear destruction of Washington D.C. and the assassination of the President of the United States along with most of Congress. In the aftermath, several states secede and wage war against each other.

Some of the factions included within the game are the California Commonwealth, the Republic of Texas and the New England Alliance, along with an occupying European peacekeeping unit and a dangerously ultra-nationalistic Russia, »

- MTV Movies Team

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'World War Z' Author Max Brooks Shares His Favorite Halloween Zombie Flicks

27 October 2009 12:00 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

For most of you, Max Brooks needs no introduction. He wrote the novel "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War," which is currently on the road to getting a big screen adaptation with Marc Forster directing a script from Matthew Michael Carnahan.

Brooks was kind enough to take some time to chat with me a few weeks ago while he was promoting the Starz Inside documentary, "Zombiemania," which you can catch replays of this week (check your local listings for times). During the interview, I had to ask for a kickass zombie movies list to run with this week's special Halloween coverage. Brooks was more than happy to oblige, and he delivered quite a list. The last one in particular blew my mind, and I welcome anyone who's seen it to write in their reviews in the comments section below or @MTVMoviesBlog on Twitter.

"Night of the Living Dead »

- Adam Rosenberg

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Bruckheimer to Adapt 'Shattered Union' Video Game

27 October 2009 9:15 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Now how's this for a cool premise? "U.S. states secede from the U.S. and form their own governments that wage a civil war against each other after Washington, D.C., is wiped out in a nuclear blast and chaos ravages the nation." Sounds like it could make for a fairly novel action flick, eh? Well, as Variety informs us, that's the exact plot of a 2005 video game called Shattered Union. (Just because I've never heard of it doesn't mean it's not good. If you've played this one, leave us a mini-review in the comments section.)

The tale of a dystopian American Civil War Part II will come from producer Jerry Bruckheimer (don't act surprised), who in turn will entrust the adaptation to one J. Michael Straczynski. Serious genre fans know this gentleman as the co-creator of Babylon 5. He's written tons of TV, in addition to Eastwood's Changeling, »

- Scott Weinberg

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Jerry Bruckheimer wants a Shattered Union

27 October 2009 8:19 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It’s been a few months since we’ve broken a Jerry Bruckheimer producing story. No need to worry, he’s back and this time he’s setting his sites on a civil war epic. Bruckheimer has acquired the rights to “Shattered Union,” a video game published by 2K Games, a division of Take-Two Interactive, which is also try to get “Bioshock” made at Universal. In the game, Washington D.C. is destroyed by a nuclear blast and, predictably, things get a little “Mad Max.” What, you were expecting “Gettysburg 3?” Hit the jump for more details.

Shattered Union” is a tactics based strategy game. The user controls one of six American factions (California Commonwealth, The Confederacy, Great Plains Federation, New England Alliance, Pacifica, The Republic of Texas), the peacekeeping European Union Occupation or the Alaska conquering Russians. The movie, to be written by J. Michael Straczynski (”Changeling”), sounds like another »

- David Corbin

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Jerry Bruckheimer Plotting Civil War -- Disney-Style

27 October 2009 7:14 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Variety reports that Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of TV shows and movies including CSI: Miami and Confessions of a Shopaholic, is working on an adaptation of the popular video game Shattered Union for Disney. In this strategy war game, the United States is battling seceded states after a nuclear blast wipes out Washington, DC.

Bruckheimer has brought in Ninja Assassin and World War Z scribe J. Michael Straczynski to pen the screenplay. Both are no stranger to video game adaptations. Bruckheimer produced Disney's upcoming Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which opens May 28, 2010, and Straczynski is also writing a Silver Surfer movie for Fox — good news for fans that thought the movie was dead.

Since the movie is being made for Disney, should we assume Bruckheimer will make the nuclear explosion that destroys the Capitol and ignites civil war family-friendly?

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Jerry Bruckheimer | J. Michael Straczynski »

- Ryan Gowland

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Jerry Bruckheimer Literally Planning To Destroy America

27 October 2009 7:09 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Unlike many, many of the video games that get adapted for movies, Shattered Union has a concept that actually sounds like something I'd want to see on the screen. It takes place in a United States where multiple civil wars have broken out, Washington, D.C. has been wiped out by a nuclear bomb, and the Europeans are stepping in to demand we get our act together. Not bad, right? Jerry Bruckheimer, the king of putting disasters onscreen, agrees with me too. He's picked J. Michael Straczynski to adapt the game for Disney, according to Variety. Straczynski has one of the more varied screenwriting careers out there, having both created Babylon 5, written the Clint Eastwood movie Changeling, and adapted the zombie apocalypse novel World War Z. He actually seems like a good fit for the material, given that he'll have to fit in some kind of character-based drama amid »

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