Deadline reports that David Ellison's Skydance Productions may be teaming up with a couple of other financiers to provide the money needed to get the film off the ground and it might even go before cameras very, very soon. Should everything fall into place quickly, "World War Z" could begin shooting in June.
The name of Ellison certainly is no surprise given that he is currently Paramount's golden boy. He was one of the folks behind "True Grit," he's got a major stake in the upcoming "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" and is also behind the Seth Rogen/Barbra Streisand vehicle "My Mother's Curse." David is the tentpole side of the coin to sister Megan's proclivity for more character-driven, arthouse pieces. But together they are quickly affirming themselves as solid tastemakers capable of rescuing ambitious films with their healthy bank accounts (their father is the founder of Oracle).
The Black List approved script for ‘Z’ by J. Michael Straczynski (with rewrites by Matthew Michael Carnahan) centers on a UN bureaucrat named Gerry Lane, who in the aftermath of the zombie war is asked to compile a complete report on the incident. Our fellow writer read the script and praised the “smart structure that keeps the nature of the book intact [which] should manage to separate the finished film from the omnipresent likes of ‘Resident Evil’ and ‘Survival of the Dead.’”
However, as we noticed in our extensive piece there area a plethora of zombie movies in development and the key will be getting this one out of the gate first before viewer fatigue sets in. That said, the name "Brad Pitt" bucks any trends and if he announced he was making a vampire movie today, people would still line up and lose their shit. Not to mention, the film boasts a fairly unique premise as well. So fingers crossed folks, "World War Z" may just lurch back to life yet.