World War Z

World War Z

Release Date: 2013-06-21
Wide Release



Film Genre(s): Sci-Fi

United States


Scripted by J. Michael Straczynski and Matthew Michael Carnahan, World War Z is based on Max Brooks’s best-selling book, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Set in the near future, it revolves around UN employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the zombie pandemic that is toppling its armies and governments, and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Mireille Enos stars as Gerry's wife, Karin.


  • Variety reports that Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to the novel which Brad Pitt's Plan B will produce. - 2006-06-15
  • Variety reports that Marc Forster will direct the project, while J. Michael Straczynski is writing the screenplay. - 2008-11-13
  • MTV reports that Brad Pitt is attached to star in the lead role. - 2010-07-21
  • Variety reports that Anthony Mackie has been offered a part. - 2011-04-29
  • Variety reports that James Badge Dale has joined the cast. - 2011-06-10
  • Deadline reports that Matthew Fox, Ed Harris and Julia Levy-Boeken are in talks to join this pic. - 2011-06-14
  • The Hollywood Reporter reports that Bryan Cranston has joined cast. - 2011-08-06


The original screenplay was written by J. Michael Straczynski, but was later rewritten by Matthew Michael Carnahan.