While the world is, understandably, weary of zombified apocalypses appearing across various entertainment mediums after the deluge of zombie everything pop culture has been inundated with over the last several years, one of the few remaining projects of interest that has yet to unleash walking, fetid corpses on the highly suspecting public is Paramount's adaptation of World War Z, the Max Brooks-written "oral history" of a future zombie war. Brad Pitt's production company has been developing the project for some time, and Pitt himself was set to star, with Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster helming the project. Now, that may all have been for naught.
According to Vulture, Paramount is seeking additional funding for the movie, and if it can't find it, it may just put a shotgun barrel to the cranium of the whole project. However, fear not zombie enthusiasts, as there still may be a chance.
You may have heard from various sources about how the son and daughter of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, David and Megan, are taking an active interest in funding films of their particular fancy. Megan has taken the more indie route, coming to the possible rescue of such films as the latest from The Proposition and The Road director John Hillcoat, and P.T. Anderson's Scientology movie, The Master. David has taken a bigger-budget road, funding the Coens' True Grit, the next Mission: Impossible movie, and now, he may sink some funding into World War Z. If he doesn't? Well, they could always take a cue from the Robocop Statue movement and start up a Kickstarter campaign!
One other tidbit to come from all this is the fact that Forster has agreed to a PG-13 rating for the film, as to avoid any of the issues Guillermo Del Toro just recently ran into trying to get his At the Mountains of Madness adaptation off the ground. PG-13 zombies? How do you even do that? The Walking Dead couldn't even get away with that, and that's on television! That thing that kids watch!