According to Brooks, Paramount must still have an interest in getting the film off the ground sooner than later, as they have renewed their option for the film's right, except for twice the money and half the time. Although Brooks initially gave great praise to Straczynski's draft of the screenplay, Matt Carnahan, who also wrote Lions for Lambs and State of Play, has been tasked with composing a new draft. Marc Forster, however, is still on board.
Given the international scope of the book, the potential for a limited budget appears to be an issue for Brooks, who believes that "the thing's gotta be done right or it just can't be done...it's a world war." Having read the book, the movie deserves whatever money is thrown at it and then some to make it as accurate and representative of the drama and carnage that unfolds in its pages. I don't read much horror fiction (except Lovecraft, 'cause c'mon, it's frikkin' Lovecraft), but World War Z should be required reading for all fans of the genre. It's easy to read yet wholly engaging, offering multiple viewpoints of the zombie uprising, with social commentary permeating every page.
Max Brooks' newest foray into zombie lore is "Recorded Attacks," an illustrated book chronicling the most famous zombie attacks in recorded history. Beyond zombies, Brooks is clearly keeping himself busy, with an upcoming GI Joe comic slated for May. To read the full review with Max Brooks and to contain a bit more insight into the man that has arguably become the literary zombie expert, head on over here.