Zombies on TV have been pretty well locked down since 'The Walking Dead' became a putrid pop culture phenomenon that has since spawned its own spinoff, just as vampires had previously been covered by the likes of 'Buffy,' 'True Blood' and beyond. What better alternative than to pit the two against one another in a TV adaptation of 'World War Z' creator Max Brooks' 'The Extinction Parade'?
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Here's some good news for movie fans who missed 'World War Z' and 'Star Trek Into Darkness' this summer: Paramount is re-releasing both films as a double feature this Friday, letting audiences pay one ticket cost to enjoy both films. For many people, this is simply a chance to catch both films one more time for dirt cheap, but for those interested in the business side of the film industry, this is a fascinating glance into the importance of reaching certain box office milestones.
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Despite all of the toxic buzz that surrounded it a few months ago, 'World War Z' has been a critical and commercial success, grossing $470 million worldwide. Rather than just breathe a sigh of relief and plan the inevitable sequel, Paramount is looking to milk their zombie epic for all that it's worth. Are you ready to see Brad Pitt battle the undead in IMAX 3D, because that's the plan.
'World War Z 2'? What a difference a weekend can make.
Before this weekend, Marc Forster’s ‘World War Z’ was widely categorized as “Brad Pitt’s troubled zombie project.” Numerous publicized reports documented the contentious relationships between the star and his director. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof went on record to talk about a rewritten ending, which led to costly reshoots.
But a funny thing happened when ‘World War Z’ actually opened. Critics and audiences embraced the film, powering the apocalyptic zombie thriller to an impressive $66 million domestic opening weekend, and a worldwide total of $111.8 million with plenty more international markets still to come.
That’s good news for fans of Pitt, this movie, and Max Brooks’ original source material, which seems to be where the studio will start when developing the next movie(s). Here’s what we know so far about ‘World War Z 2.’
The title is 'World War Z,' but I can think up two other letters: "O" and "K."
'World War Z' is okay because it zips along with the fury of a computer-generated cascade of fast zombies. 'World War Z' is okay because Brad Pitt is a great leading man, even if his character has no depth. 'World War Z' is okay because there is always a fatalistic draw to see our social order tumble and great cities reduced to cinders.
It is also, unfortunately, merely okay because there's nothing in this movie you haven't seen before.
The monsters are coming, the monsters are coming! No, wait, the monsters are here! In one of the bigger weekend showdowns of the summer, we've got two different types of creatures facing off: the zombies of 'World War Z' and the, well, monsters of 'Monsters University.' So which film will get your hard-earned dough this weekend!
Zombies have been a serious part of the cinematic landscape for nearly half a century, but they're only now really hitting the big time.