Matthew Fox, Ed Harris In ‘World War Z’ Talks

EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Fox and Ed Harris are in talks to join Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale in the Marc Forster-directed World War Z for Paramount and Skydance Productions. Forster has also set Julia Levy-Boeken, the French actress who stars in the Israeli series alufa Ha. The film is an adaptation of the Max Brooks novel that looks back on a global zombie infestation 10 years after the fact. Fox, who just wrapped a West End stage turn in the Neil LaBute play In a Forest Dark and Deep, is separately slated to play a vicious serial killer opposite Tyler Perry in the Rob Cohen-directed I, Alex Cross for Summit Entertainment, with production starting in August. Harris just starred in the Asger Leth-directed Man on a Ledge for Summit. Fox is repped by WME and Management 360, Harris by CAA and Levy-Boeken by Weiner Management.

WWZ begins production this month after a long period in which Paramount struggled with the $125 million budget until Skydance’s David Ellison stepped into the breach along with another unnamed financier to take some of the burden off the studio. With the expectation that JJ Abrams won’t be able to pull together a Star Trek sequel for summer 2012, WWZ looms as an option for Paramount, as does its sequel to G.I. Joe.

Comments (11)

  • I LOVED the book…..loved it beyond belief. And if they mess up this film….well politely put…that would suck.
    I would love to know how they are going to go about this….storywise….who will Pitt be playing?
    I know there was a first draft of the script going around. It was harrowing and amazing….trying to go the Lord of the rings route for oscars was what i heard. But then the studio or something got involved and now its some pg13 zombie film. If thats the case then i don’t want it to be made. that would be so disappointing.

    Comment by Lizzie — Tuesday June 14, 2011 @ 12:07pm PDT  
    • Enjoyed the J. M. Straczynski script I read. Kind of nervous about another version.

      Comment by hop on pop — Tuesday June 14, 2011 @ 12:24pm PDT  
      • I just think that because the source material is so good (and graphic) that they could make something really original and spectacular….i just don’t want it dumbed down because they want 13 year old boys to see it.

        Comment by Lizzie — Tuesday June 14, 2011 @ 3:14pm PDT  
        • I think that a good chunk of the young male market would be really happy with a faithful to the source material adadption.

          Comment by Doug — Tuesday June 14, 2011 @ 9:18pm PDT  
    • Pitt is playing Max Brooks, i.e. the writer/narrator.

      Comment by Adam — Tuesday June 14, 2011 @ 8:00pm PDT  
  • WWZ starts filming this week in Malta for a month. Happy with cast choices so far. Loved the book and look forward to the film. Never pay any attention to any so called leaked script over the net as usually just garbage talking.

    Comment by Zen — Tuesday June 14, 2011 @ 12:13pm PDT  
    • Really happy with cast choices as well. Don’t read “leaked” scripts via IMDB/”the web”, generally find that getting them via agency contacts is the way to go. There are those of us who have actual industry contacts, ya know. #justsaying.

      Comment by hop on pop — Wednesday June 15, 2011 @ 9:49am PDT  
  • They can get Daniel Day Lewis, Edward Norton and Sean Penn – I don’t care – the conversation ends at “we’re aiming for PG-13″. Which they totally fucking are.

    Comment by Captain Planet — Tuesday June 14, 2011 @ 2:49pm PDT  
  • I had read that Pitt would play Todd Wainio, the last remnant of his Hope brigade and one of the last Yonkers survivors, and if I had to guess, Harris would play The Whacko and Fox possibly the interviewer? Can’t think of who else Fox could play except for maybe General Raj-Singh. There’s not another high profile character available I don’t think.

    Comment by Romero — Saturday June 18, 2011 @ 12:55am PDT  
  • I agree pg13 zombie movies are a disappointment i am a huge zombie movie fan and have been since a small child they have to be rated r to have all the blood and gore a zombie movie needs to make it believable and scary!!!

    Comment by Sara — Saturday June 25, 2011 @ 4:38am PDT  
  • World War Z was a good film. Too bad they casted these people out, though.

    Comment by Nyan Dashie — Tuesday July 2, 2013 @ 10:24pm PDT  
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