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World War Z video game in production

A four-player co-op game based on the World War Z film has been revealed.

The game, developed by Saber Interactive, is currently in production for a release in 2018 and inspired by the 2013 disaster horror flick World War Z, starring Brad Pitt.

The film was itself based on the 2006 novel by Max Brooks, which Paramount Pictures adapted to the big screen.

A film sequel is also currently is development.

World War Z is a name synonymous with heart-pounding fear and action,” said Saber Interactive CEO Matt Karch.

“We’re excited to finally capture that energy in a fast-paced and gruesome experience crafted specifically for modern consoles and PC.”

The co-op campaign will focus on unique survivor stories with missions around the world, including locations such as New York, Moscow, and Jerusalem.

Players will have to use the environment and their firepower to survive hordes of zombies the series has come to be known for.
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World War Z video game announced, watch the trailer here

Yesterday at The Video Game Awards it was announced that Saber Interactive, the studio behind the likes of Timeshift and Quake Champions, is in development on World War Z, a video game adaptation of Max Brooks’ 2006 novel and the subsequent 2013 movie.

According to the official press release, World War Z will be a four player co-op adventure, with a campaign that features “unique survivor stories and missions around the globe, including New York, Moscow and Jerusalem. Use traps, barriers and the environment strategically to stay alive while unleashing a storm of firepower with a variety of weapons on the unrelenting hordes of the undead.”

World War Z is a name synonymous with heart-pounding fear and action, and we’re excited to finally capture that energy in a fast-paced and gruesome experience crafted specifically for modern consoles and PC,” said Saber Interactive CEO Matt Karch.

Take a look at the trailer here…
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Chelsea Handler, Carl Bernstein, Max Brooks topline Real Time with Bill Maher finale

Tonight’s Real Time with Bill Maher is the last of his 2017 shows — and includes Chelsea Handler, Carl Bernstein and Max Brooks as guests. Environmentalist Bill McKibben is the top-of-show interview guest. In a telling American Magazine interview, McKibben implored conservative people to look to the Bible as evidence that climate change and human hands involved in the desecration of the earth are real and worthy of their concern. Citing the Book of Job, he said: “That soliloquy that God delivers at the end of Job 38 and what follows is I think the longest speech that God gives more
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David Fincher Comments on Status of Potential World War Z Sequel

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Despite Paramount Pictures removing the World War Z sequel (along with the new Friday the 13th movie) from their release schedule early this year, hope for the Brad Pitt project stayed afloat, with filmmaker David Fincher reportedly still interested in taking the directing reins on the follow-up to 2013's World War Z. In a recent interview with Empire, Fincher addressed the status of the World War Z sequel, confirming his interest and giving fans of the first film a glimmer of hope, even though the film is in the early stages of reanimation.

Fincher was recently a guest on Empire's podcast to discuss his new Netflix series Mindhunters, but he also touched on the long-gestating World War Z sequel, saying (via Collider):

“I worked on a show for HBO that didn’t see the light of day and at the same time was doing [Mindhunter], and then did [Mindhunter], and I
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Star Trek writers to adapt A People’s History Of The Vampire Uprising

Tony Sokol Aug 25, 2017

Jd Payne and Patrick McKay will tell the story behind twilight’s last Gloaming in A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising...

Star Trek Beyond writers Jd Payne and Patrick McKay will assemble the oral history of the rise of the bloodsuckers. The pair will adapt the novel, A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising, by Raymond Villareal for 20th Century Fox and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps.

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A People’s History Of The Vampire Uprising will be published next summer by Little Brown’s Mulholland Books. It will be the first of four books. It has been compared to Max Brooks’ novel World War Z, the oral history of the zombie apocalypse. 21 Laps nabbed the film rights in February after a heated bidding war. Fox and 21 Laps are hoping to turn the books into a movie franchise.

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'World War Z' Author Max Brooks: George Romero Was the 'Thinker's Zombie Creator'

'World War Z' Author Max Brooks: George Romero Was the 'Thinker's Zombie Creator'
On Sunday, legendary filmmaker George A. Romero died after a "brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer." The Night of the Living Dead director left behind a large body of work that came to define modern horror, influencing a generation of directors, writers and illustrators in the process. One of the many individuals still carrying the Romero banner is Max Brooks, author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. Brooks spoke to Rolling Stone to share his personal memories of Romero, his influence and how he predicted America's current political climate.
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Q&A with Nights Of The Living Dead Co-Editor Jonathan Maberry, Read an Excerpt from His Short Story “Lone Gunman”

For years, he's brought the dead to life in books like Patient Zero and Rot & Ruin, so it's rather fitting that prolific author Jonathan Maberry has now teamed up with the legendary George A. Romero to co-edit an anthology set within the early stages of the zombie uprising in Night of the Living Dead. Titled Nights of the Living Dead, the new anthology is now available from St. Martin's Press (check out our giveaway here), and to celebrate, we caught up with Maberry for our latest Q&A feature to discuss his work on the living dead dream project, and we also have a claustrophobic excerpt from his short story "Lone Gunman."

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Jonathan. How did the opportunity come about to collaborate on a Night of the Living Dead anthology with the legend himself, George A. Romero?

Jonathan Maberry:
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Newswire: David Fincher will direct the World War Z sequel after all

After J.A. Bayona walked away from the World War Z-equel, rumors began flying around that Brad Pitt had asked his old Fight Club buddy David Fincher to take over. As the potential franchise’s star and producer, Pitt’s been very hands-on, butting heads with previous helmers over adapting the Max Brooks novel just so for the second outing. Despite reviews, the first movie managed to make a killing at the box office, so Paramount is moving forward with the sequel, which it’s just confirmed will be directed by Fincher.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount boss (and former Fox chairman) Jim Gianopulos talked about various projects and challenges at his new studio home, including the fitful production of World War Z 2, or whatever it’s actually being called. Gianopulos said the sequel is in “advanced development,” with Fincher “and Brad Pitt” at the ...
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David Fincher to re-team with Brad Pitt for World War Z 2!

In some pretty awesome news, it has been announced that David Fincher is about to sign up to direct Brad Pitt in the sequel to zombie flick World War Z. While the director hasn’t signed on the dotted line as yet, it looks promising that he will reunite him with his Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button leading man.

The news comes via Variety who say that the moving forward on World War Z is all thanks to Paramount Pictures’ new chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos. The trade says that the film isn’t officially greenlit as yet but Gianopulos is expected to do so in the coming weeks. They report that the film could start shooting as early as the first part of 2018.

The first film was based upon the 2006 novel of the same name by Max Brooks and directed by Marc Forster. The film revolved around former U.
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Netflix Options Upcoming Sci-Fi Novel 'Change Agent' (Exclusive)

Netflix has optioned the upcoming sci-fi thriller novel Change Agent.

Written by Daemon scribe Daniel Suarez, Change Agent follows an Interpol agent who has suffered a genetic attack that leaves him looking like the dangerous cartel leader he has been ordered to bring down.  

Josh Bratman will produce under his Immersive Pictures banner, which is currently working on another book adaptation, Max Brooks' Harlem Hellfighters with Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment.

ICM repped the novel, which Penguin Random House will release on April 18. 

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Louise Mensch defends Islam as Bill Maher cuts short Overtime on Real Time

On an electric Real Time with Bill Maher last night, Maher hosted a boisterous and controversial group with conservative Matt Schlapp, left of center reporter Chris Hayes, writer Max Brooks, conspiracy reporter Louise Mensch and academic Timothy Snyder. In two particularly heated moments, one during the main show and one during the online Overtime segment, Maher literally shut down Mensch and Hayes on the topic of Islam. During the main panel discussion, Maher brought up Wednesday’s London terror attack in which a 52-year-old British-born islamist terrorist – who had been previously investigated by British Intel – killed four people outside of London’ more
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The Harlem Hellfighters heading to the small screen

Way back in March of 2014 it was announced that Sony had picked up the rights to Max Brooks’ World War I graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters, tapping Brooks to pen the script for a feature film adaptation from Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.

Although the movie failed to get off the ground, Heat Vision is now reporting that Overbrook, A+E Studios, and Immersive Pictures have retooled the project as a six-hour event series, which has been picked up by the History Channel and has Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio (San Andreas) working on the script.

Here’s the official synopsis for the graphic novel:

The Harlem Hellfighters is a fictionalized account of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, bestselling author
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Will Smith's Overbook Tackling Max Brooks' 'Harlem Hellfighters' for History Channel (Exclusive)

Will Smith's Overbook Tackling Max Brooks' 'Harlem Hellfighters' for History Channel (Exclusive)
Harlem Hellfighters, the fact-based graphic novel by World War Z author Max Brooks, is getting the limited-series from History Channel.

Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio, who wrote the Dwayne Johnson earthquake adventure movie San Andreas, are on board to pen what is being developed as a six-hour series that will hail from A+E Studios in association with Overbrook Entertainment and Immersive Pictures.

Hellfighers, illustrated by Caanan White, was based on the real-life U.S. Army's 369th infantry division, an African American unit fighting in Europe during World War I. Breaking down racial barriers, the unit spent more time in combat than...
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The Great Wall movie review: not to be torn down

MaryAnn’s quick take… Plain pure fun. At its best, it’s Lord of the Rings meets Aliens, with incredible imaginative grandeur and genuinely breathtaking 3D depth. I’m “biast” (pro): love a good fantasy action movie

I’m “biast” (con): was worried about the apparent whitewashing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The Great Wall, set somewhere around a thousand years ago, opens with a rather incongruous zoom in from orbit down onto that impressive structure. Nobody was watching from up there back then, but it’s kind of a joke, I guess, a reference to the not-true “fact” that the wall is the only human-made object visible from space.

Also not true: Matt Damon’s whiteness blinds the viewer to the Chinese-ness of The Great Wall.

On the scale of how badly it could have gone, what we ended up with is fairly inoffensive.
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The Great Wall review – Zhang Yimou’s damp squib of a gunpowder plot

Matt Damon stars in a laborious historical fantasy, doing battle with CGI monsters in order to steal gunpowder from Imperial China

Zhang Yimou’s new film is a laborious fantasy spectacular crossed with a CGI monster movie, set in the days of Imperial China, in a military garrison on the Great Wall. Here, it is revealed that the wall’s purpose is to keep out hordes of Tao Tei – terrifying creatures with T rex heads and great spiny teeth. There is, however, no way of making the Tao Tei actually pay for the wall.

The film credits a host of writers including Tony Gilroy, Max Brooks, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, whose opening credits cheekily claim that their story is based on one of the legends of the wall, while outrageously borrowing a key plot point from Jaws.

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Movie Review – The Great Wall (2016)

The Great Wall, 2016.

Directed by Yimou Zhang.

Starring Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Kenny Lin, Junkai Wang, Zheng Kai, Cheney Chen, Xuan Huang, and Andy Lau.


European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.

Don’t buy a ticket with great expectations coming into The Great Wall. Yimou Zhang is certainly a gifted director (most known for Hero and House of Flying Daggers) now making his English-speaking film debut, but he’s unfortunately working with a highly generic and cliché story. Will dishonorable mercenary William (Matt Damon in one of his weakest and little defined roles ever) change his selfish ways and begin fighting for honor over greed? Will Willem Dafoe’s completely superfluous and useless character betray everyone at some point? Will the beastly
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Fox wins bidding war for A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising

20th Century Fox has tapped Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps to produce a big screen adaptation of Raymond Villareal’s A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising, which is being pitched as “World War Z with vampires.”

THR reports that the book is a “fictitious oral history of the appearance, assimilation and ultimately epic, violent confrontation of vampires (who now prefer being called the Gloamings) with the human race.”

Similar to Max Brooks World War Z novel, A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising is told through multiple points of view including a Cdc investigator who discovers a mysterious virus, an FBI agent who forms the first Gloaming Crimes Unit, a civil rights attorney’s analysis of the Gloaming Equal Rights Act, an obsessive Vatican librarian, a celebrity gossip site, and a theological magazine.

Levy and Cohen’s 21 Laps recently produced the Oscar-nominated Arrival, and is
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Despite Losing Release Date, World War Z Sequel Still Being Eyed by Director David Fincher

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Following the revelation that the new Friday the 13th movie has been canceled after Paramount Pictures removed it from their release schedule, some are fearing that the World War Z sequel might suffer a similar fate after vacating its 2017 release slot, but it appears that director David Fincher is still interested in keeping the living dead project alive.

According to THR, David Fincher remains “very creatively interested in directing the movie” after Paramount took the sequel to 2013’s World War Z off of their release schedule, presumably to set it for a later release in 2018 or ’19. World War Z 2 was initially slated to come out on June 9th of this year.

Back in August, it was first reported that Finhcer was in early discussions with the film’s star and producer Brad Pitt to helm the sequel after J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) departed the project. Fincher has previously worked with Pitt on Se7en,
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World War Z 2 Gets Delayed Indefinitely

As there have been no true production updates in quite some time, and shooting would have had to have already started, it should come as no surprise that World War Z 2 has been yanked from Paramount's impending release schedule. While a delay in the release date was expected, it now sounds like this movie might be dead altogether.

News of World War Z 2's inevitable delay comes just as Paramount Pictures canceled their Friday the 13th remake, which would have been the landmark 13th movie in that horror film franchise. The Hollywood Reporter doesn't give a definite reason for this halt in production on World War Z 2.

The original World War Z movie, which was based on Max Brooks zombie survival guide of the same name, was faced with quite a few problems of its own during production. And it underwent quite a few reshoots before hitting theaters.
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Zhang-Damon Collaboration: Globalization the Unfortunate Big Loser

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, xenophobic fervor, it's comforting to know that the United States and China, their relationship mercurial and wary, can work together and, in the spirit of cooperation and unity, make a terrible movie. A co-production between Legendary East (the Chinese arm of Burbank, California-based, Legendary Entertainment) and China Film Group, The Great Wall is reportedly the most expensive film ever shot in China, a nation with aspirations to make films that rival Hollywood in their scope and success. Hollywood is willing to help if it ultimately leads to the release of more of its films in the tightly controlled Chinese market,
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