Hollywood giveth, Hollywood taketh away, then Hollywood giveth one more time, and that’s where we hope the madness stops. It appears that the much-anticipated World War Z film is back after circling the drain due to financing concerns.
Today, it was announced by Deadline that WWZ might have all the financing it needs, as well as a June start date. Nothing’s set in stone, but it appears the project is back on track after a scare last week.
Who do we have to thank for this salvation? David Ellison a Paramount exec and brother of rock-star-movie-saver Megan Ellison, who has recently helped get made: True Grit, Cogan’s Trade, The Wettest County in the West, and an untitled Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman collaboration. Yeah, you could say we’re fans of the Ellisons.
For those not hip to World War Z, it is based on a book of the same name that served as an oral history of a fictional zombie war that the entire globe was a part of. It has a loyal following (because it’s really great) and Brad Pitt will be producing and starring in the film. It rides a wave of zombie-centric entertainment unleashed on the masses, but many feel that it stands on its own enough to differentiate itself from the myriad other projects out there.