June 15, 2006
Plan B taking a stab at 'Z'
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr..._id=1002688773It was a battle between Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, and Pitt emerged as the winner. The shingles of the two stars -- Pitt's Plan B and DiCaprio's Appian Way -- were engaged in a competitive bidding war via their respective studios, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, over an upcoming zombie horror book by Max Brooks titled "World War Z." By Wednesday afternoon, the dust settled with Plan B/Paramount winning the movie rights. In 2003, Brooks wrote "Zombie Survival Guide," which explained in great deadpan detail how to survive a supposedly impending zombie apocalypse. The book went on to become a surprise cult hit. "World War Z" also tackles the zombie genre but is set 10 years after a great global zombie epidemic and is a serious oral history of the future zombie told from many perspectives from around the world. Crown Publishing is putting the book out in the fall. (Borys Kit and Tatiana Siegel)