The zombie apocalypse is on its way.
“We’ve lost the East Coast.” “China’s dark.” Indeed, things don’t look promising for the human race in the new teaser trailer for the Super Bowl spot for Paramount’s Brad Pitt zombie movie, “World War Z,” the Marc Forster-directed adaptation of Max Brooks’ acclaimed novel.
It’s the first footage from the movie since the release of a gripping first trailer for the film debuted in November. That clip played like a taut thriller tapping into modern fears about the fall of mankind.
“World War Z” stars Pitt as Gerry Lane, a United Nations fact-finder and family man who desperately races around the globe to determine the origins of a zombie pandemic that has toppled civilization in short order. Mireille Enos, of late of “The Killing,” plays his wife.
Forster was an interesting choice to direct; he boasts an eclectic resume that includes acclaimed dramas, popcorn fare and at least one quirky comedy – he’s made movies such as “Monster’s Ball,” “Finding Neverland,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Stranger than Fiction.”
The “World War Z” clips suggest the film has taken shape as a fast-paced action adventure with the geographical scope of a Bond movie, and some zombies that move much more quickly than their undead counterparts on “The Walking Dead.” Think “28 Days Later” rather than George Romero.
Zombies, of course, continue to occupy an unusually dominant space in the zeitgeist, with the continued popularity of AMC’s hit series “Walking Dead,” which is poised to return for the second half of its third season Sunday, Feb. 10, and even this weekend’s “Warm Bodies,” a zombie-themed romantic comedy opening in theaters Friday.
– Gina McIntyre
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