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J. Michael Straczynski Talks World War Z

worldwarz-120408J. Michael Straczynski, who wrote the screenplay to Marc Forster’s adaptation of Max Brooks’ World War Z, recently spoke with MTV about the zombie film, calling the scale of what they’re doing “phenomenal”.

“We talk about it as a thriller, the closest comparison being ‘The Bourne Identity,’” explained Straczynski, who’s also penning a “Forbidden Planet” revisiting. “Most zombie movies to this point have been small, focusing on a few people in a house. And this has got real scare. You’re in India with hundreds of boats trying to get out of there with a tidal wave of zombies. The scale of what we’re doing here is phenomenal.”

Straczynski, who completed the first draft of the screenplay in the Spring, says that he plans to preserve the original storyline as much as possible

“The fictional concept of the book is that its written by someone with the UN, so let’s tell that story,” he explained. “Let’s show the book being written. We follow this guy all over the world as he goes on these interviews, and he has his own personal story as well. You’re cutting between the past and the present, how he got to this point.”

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