World War Z is not only one of the best films in Brad Pitt’s career but also a prominent addition to the fan-favorite genre. It featured a very unique take on zombie apocalypse and also had a lot of emotions involved. Besides having a vast fan following, the 2013 movie also seems to be one of Pitt’s personal favorites. The Bullet Train actor has revealed how he loves the distinctness of his character from other action heroes.
One of the core elements that World War Z that made the movie so memorable was the emotions present in it. The presence of family dynamics elevated the quality of the movie. Brad Pitt was presented as a common man rather than a superhero, which makes it so unusual and realistic.
Brad Pitt is a fan of his World War Z character
World War Z, directed by Marc Foster, chronicled the life of Gerry Lane played by Brad Pitt, and his family. The movie showed Gerry Lane as a former United Nations investigator who is forced to leave his family and search for a solution to the zombie apocalypse. Along with the performances in the movie, the movie also featured some impressive VFX that justified the gritty tone of the movie.
The director of the movie agreed with the fact that Brad Pitt is not presented in a full Ethan Hunt mode and is more of a common family man than any Marvel-esque character. When Angelina Jolie’s ex spoke to The Scotsman, he also reflected similar emotions. The Mr. & Mrs. Smith actor said that it was the anti-action nature of the movie that he loved.
“Gerry can’t fly, he can’t beat up bad guys. He has no super powers. He’s a dad, with a burning need to keep his family safe. To do that, he can only rely on his intellect, his instincts, and his experience.”
It is also to be noted that Brad Pitt has more significant contribution to the movie as he implemented several changes to the ending of the movie. Although the ending still receives mixed responses, the original ending that was planned for the movie was “atrocious” according to Pitt’s statement to USA Today.
Why didn’t we get the sequel to World War Z?
World War Z collected over $540 million and also holds the record of the highest-grossing zombie movie ever. The critical and commercial success of the movie promised a sequel that never saw the light of day.
There were plans for turning World War Z into a major trilogy that would follow the same grounded approach that we witnessed in the first part. However, the movie didn’t have a fate like the other major franchises and failed to spawn more sequels due to several issues that came its way. Initially, J. A. Bayona was attached to the film as the director but later he was replaced by the critically acclaimed David Fincher.
It is undoubtedly heartbreaking to realize that we missed another epic collaboration between the actor and the director. They came together in some of the most remarkable movies of all time- Se7en, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Reportedly, they had some great ideas but it is believed that the ban of zombie flicks in China played a huge role in the cancellation.
World War Z can be streamed on Paramount+.