One of the more disappointing bumps from the release schedule this year for me was WORLD WAR Z. It may be for the best as I still haven’t finished the book and I now have more time to get that done, but I was still looking forward to seeing how it turned out.
Paramount recently held a special presentation of new and upcoming productions that included panels for a new Spongebob 3D feature, a logo reveal for TRANFORMERS 4, the appearance of a title card of Michael Bay’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (which I thought was dead in the water), footage from Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH and many other anticipated titles but ending with what sounds like an epic trailer for WORLD WAR Z. Check out the description from ComingSoon below:
“It begins with Brad Pitt’s character sitting in traffic with his family. They’re busy playing a game when a cop bashes on their window in a panic. Standing near the driver side window, the cop begs Pitt to stay in his vehicle and, soon thereafter, is pummeled by a bus careening out of control. An explosion erupts and a mass of people race down the city streets. Pitt and his family hop into an abandoned RV and we get a glimpse of the world in madness. Beyond an unusual pair of eyes, we don’t get a good look at World War Z’s zombies, but the measures the uninfected take to reach safety might further confirm what last year’s set footage revealed – that these zombies can run. In the trailer, gigantic hordes of people are scrambling for dear life. They’re not just pushing and shoving each other out of the way, rather climbing on top of each other and manically hanging onto a hovering helicopter. In one of the trailer’s final shots, there’s a mountain of people trying to climb over a wall that must be hundreds of wriggling bodies high. The material is dark and downright horrifying, not only showing what could happen should the undead invade on a physical level, but also reflecting the societal meltdown that would ensue, and the pure chaos we’d be left with.”
There was concern over the lengthy reshoots that were ordered for the film and the fact that Damon Lindelof was raked with punching up some of the script. It sounds at least from the trailer that maybe our concerns can be dialed back a bit. However, as we all know all too well that trailers are not always a good indicator to the quality of a film so only time will tell. WORLD WAR Z opens (hopefully) June 21, 2013.