World War Z Adaptation in Trouble? PG-13 Rating Assured? Someone Take Us Down With a Head Shot Please!

In this latest sliver of news guaranteed to make your head hurt, it seems as if the big screen adaptation of the Max Brooks novel World War Z could be in financial jeopardy. That and talk of a PG-13 rating have surfaced. Read on. Sigh.

Brad PittAccording to New York Magazine’s Vulture World War Z, Brad Pitt’s movie about a global undead apocalypse, may be dying unless Paramount can find a co-financier.

The film currently has a price tag of more than $125 million, and the studio is fervently searching for a partner to share the risk. Sources tell Vulture that if they can’t find one, it’s likely that Paramount will pull the plug on the adaptation of the Max Brooks book, which was to be directed by Quantum of Solace‘s Marc Forster and star Pitt, who would also produce.

Just two weeks ago Universal shut down Guillermo del Toro’s similarly costly and graphic adaptation of the H.P Lovecraft novel At the Mountains of Madness. The difference being? Del Toro was intent on an R rating while Paramount signed a deal with Forster assuring them of a PG-13 cut.

A PG-13 World War Z? Yes, pull the plug and sell it to Showtime or something. Please?

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  • LSD Zombie

    I’m really sick of these pussified PG-13 horror movies that are just an obvious attempt to make more money by fucking castrating the source material. At the very least I get the sweet satisfaction of seeing this sort of strategy backfire more often than not.

  • Diavolo

    I would be interested to know how they were going to structure the film anyway. Considering each chapter basically tells a separate story, I could never understand how they would have linked them. Knowing now that they were also aiming for a PG-13 rating leads me to think that the film Paramount wanted to make would have been very different to the novel.

  • Vanvance1

    Get rid of Brad Pitt and suddenly everything is much cheaper.

    But I agree, if it’s PG pull the plug.