Earlier this week, a teaser for the World War Z trailer was posted online, creating a level of hype that was perhaps impossible to live up to. The film, of course, stars Brad Pitt and a bunch of zombies, and it’s based on the popular novel of the same name. It’s set to hit theaters in 2013 and some industry experts have it pegged as one of next year’s biggest blockbusters.
The full trailer hit YouTube last night and it’s not an exaggeration to say that fans of the book are pissed. Before we delve into why they are so upset, take a look at the trailer:
“Fast zombies. They ruined it.”
That’s the top comment on YouTube right now and it pretty much sums up the general feeling most have toward this trailer. There’s something about swift and agile zombies that really angers classic horror fans.
Fans are also upset that the style of the novel — many individual interviews coming together to present an “oral history” of a zombie invasion from beginning to end — seems to have been cast aside in favor of creating a typical, linear Hollywood action movie centered around one man and his family. On the surface, it seems like the only elements shared by the film and the book on which it was supposedly based are the name and the presence of zombies.
Perhaps this is simply yet another addition to the long list of films failing to live up the books they were based on and it’s not worth getting upset over. In a vacuum, the trailer looks pretty good. The hordes of zombies, despite how fast they can run, appear menacing and scenes showing them working together as a team look very fresh and cool. Still, it’s the uniqueness of the faux-journalism in World War Z the novel that drew so many people in. If the narrative structure of the novel has indeed been cast aside in favor of Hollywood simplicity — as the trailer seems to indicate — that’s indeed disappointing.