Yet another unpublished novel has been the subject of a Hollywood bidding war: The rights to World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, a very serious work about a wars with zombie (That old story again? Yawn.), have been picked up by Paramount Pictures for Brad Pitt's Plan B to produce. The only financial information available about the deal is that the end amount was in the "high six-figures," and Paramount's main opposition in the battle was Warner Brothers, which wanted the rights for Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way to bring to the screen. Whether either of the superstars actually intends/intended to appear in the resulting film is anyone's guess, but it's nevertheless fun to imagine DiCaprio slamming the phone down in his lavish Johannesburg (or where ever they're filming The Blood Diamond) hotel room and swearing revenge on Pitt. (It would also be fun to picture the scene with a Scarface-style pile of coke on the coffee table, since that's so frightfully Hollywood and all, but since Leo's lawyers probably wouldn't get the humor, we won't do that.)

The novel comes out this fall and is "a sober telling of the aftermath of a war fought against a legion of humans who were inflicted with a virus, died and were reanimated into flesh-eating zombies," presented through interviews with survivors of the war.