Get ready to break out your copies of The Zombie Survival Guide, and be sure to stock up on bottled water and "lobos" (you know, those weapons with which one decapitates the living dead in hand-to-hand combat) -- Max Brooks's World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is being made into a film, with J. Michael Straczynski (who's also scribing Silver Surfer) adapting the book for the big screen. The film is being produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment and Paramount is distributing.This is probably old news to some of you, but it's exciting news to me, since I just last night finished reading World War Z.

I was absolutely immersed in this book and found it hard to put down. I've had deliciously scary zombie nightmares regularly while reading it, and have spent waayyyyyy more time than is probably healthy in discussions with my husband about the practical issues surrounding surviving a plague of the undead, comparing World War Z to Stephen King's plague book, The Stand, and pondering whether such a thing as an undead plague could actually scientifically happen (see, this kind of freakish obsessiveness is why I don't read or watch a lot of horror ...).
The book, for those who haven't read it, is told in the style of a series of interviews with survivors of worldwide plague which caused much of the world's population to die and then reanimate as drooling, stumbling, ravenous, jaw-snapping zombies who can infect the living with a single bite, thereby dooming them to zombie hell.

The "survivors" tell harrowing tales of fighting hand-to-hand-combat against zombie swarms, the perils of "crawlers" (zombies who are unable to walk but hide in tall grass waiting for victims), zombies coming out of the ocean to swarm beaches, and the measures the various world governments undertook to prevent the end of human life on our planet -- including choosing a small percentage of the population to save for regrowing the population in the post-plague world by leaving a larger percentage stranded as "zombie bait." It's a scary picture of how our world might react to any kind of worldwide plague, but this one, of course, is made worse by the idea of the dead reanimating to lunch on the living.

No word on who's going to direct (please God, not Uwe Boll), but If done right, this could make one hell of good (and scary) zombie flick. If you've read the book, who would you love to see bring this story to undead life? And who would you want to see cast in the major roles? I'm thinking, there's gotta be a role for Bruce Campbell in this one, right?