Brad Pitt in the second trailer for World War Z: is this going to be a blockbuster?

A few months ago, we saw the first full trailer for Brad Pitt’s neverending trainwreck-production World War Z, and I was surprised by how good it looked. Granted, I didn’t read the book that it’s loosely based on, and I would probably feel differently if I had read the book. I hear the book was slower and more meditative, and the film has completely rearranged the way the story (of the zombie apocalypse) has been told. But considering this film cost something like $200-300 million to make and considering it’s being released in June, the expectations for this to deliver on a popcorn-blockbuster level are pretty high. And now that I’ve seen the second trailer… I think the film might actually deliver…?

Yeah. I would see this, and I’m not even into zombie stories. There’s an element (I think) of 28 Days Later to this, only instead of telling a smaller, personal story of the zombie apocalypse in England, WWZ is all about the global pandemic and how a super-power deals with the disaster. Call me crazy, but I think Brad’s crazy gamble might pay off and this movie is going to be HUGE. Men of all ages will want to see it because it’s about zombies and ladies will agree to see it because it stars Brad Pitt.

Here’s the new poster for the film too – it’s striking but they could do better.

Poster courtesy of Collider, additional images courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. apsutter says:

    I don’t even know why they bothered to call it World War Z because it has literally nothing to do with the books. And let’s not play into the gender stereotypes…plenty of women like zombies (including me!)

    • LadyMTL says:

      Yeah, it looks like it bears very little resemblance to the book (which is a fave of mine) so I think if we go see it expecting it to be accurate we’ll be disappointed.

      That said, I do think that the second trailer is way better than the first.

    • RocketMerry says:

      Why am I not surprised that a HW film would take a popular book idea and dismember it until it has none of the flavour or sense of the original?
      Yeahh… this thing is not doing it for me.
      But, you know, my expectations regarding zombie-films are pretty high: they all have to try and top Shaun of the dead, so…

    • Ayame says:

      +1 on the zombie love and also being a lady!

      • Sandy Pandy says:

        +2 on the lady zombie love. I LOVED this book – wonder what this will be like compared to it? So far, no resemblance in the trailer. There was a central character, but he interviewed people in various locations around the world after the zombie holocaust to make a history of what happened. This doesn’t look like the book – but I have hopes that it will be good nonetheless.

    • Katherine says:

      “I don’t even know why they bothered to call it World War Z because it has literally nothing to do with the books.”

      We don’t know that yet. I’ve seen enough to know they HAVE taken elements of the book and there is obviously a global theme to the entire film – which is really the entire basis of the film.

      The book involves almost 50 story lines told in a retrospective narrative in interviews – THAT would not be very filmic.

      By making the story line current there are ways to touch upon the many, many anecdotes from the book. Just one for instance, they don’t need pages to illustrate the story on the space station – they just need 30 seconds of film to tell you that entire story line. Same with many other stories from the book. You can clearly see they are using the Israeli story line.

      It’s getting tiresome to hear complaints about a film people haven’t seen and for which almost no one has yet read the shooting script.

      My only complaint so far is the running zeds. How are we supposed to survive that? Yikes!!!!

      I particularly love the scene where they are carrying original Constitution into protection.

    • Isabell says:

      I love WW Z and the slow moving zombies in the book. The book has a very dark & realistic story telling. This looks just awful and actually heard people laughing in the theater as they watched the last trailer. Not uncomfortable laughing but mocking it.

  2. Aileen says:

    How smart not to show the actual zombies! Brad’s wife doesn’t look like the type he’d date and marry. I wish they wouldn’t make women in these movies so generic.

  3. Lolly says:

    With that kinda budget it better be a blockbuster

  4. Trillian says:

    Huh. I read the book (twice) and I don’t recognize anything from the movie? Plus, I hate that they made dem “fast” zombies. IMO a big part of the scariness of the book was that the zombies were slow but just so many and they just kept coming.
    But I will totally watch it. I am a girl and I love zombie movies, even if Bratt Pitt is in them.

  5. Amelia says:

    Apocalyptic films always depress the hell out of me, and I’m really not a fan of the zombie genre (apart from Shaun of the Dead) but I might actually go watch this.

  6. MonicaQ says:

    I liked the book a fair bit but I’m going to Red Box the heck out of this movie.

  7. Toot says:

    Looks good to me! I’m ready for it.

  8. Nanz01 says:

    Wow. That trailer is intense. I had no plans on seeing this because zombies aren’t really my thing, but I probably will now. And as much as I love this website, it grates my nerves when one of you does the “women will see this because of [insert male actor here]” thing. I’m seeing this movie because it looks good, which is the reason I see any movie.

  9. lisa2 says:

    OH I’m all over the Zombies, and I know plenty of friends (females) that are too. I don’t know where those numbers are from 200-300 million. NOPE.

    anyway. I read the book and really liked it. I don’t care if the movie doesn’t completely follow the book. I love watching Walking Dead. Read all the comics and the show does not follow the comic books either. And it has not kept fans away. I don’t get how people act like a book is that precious. It is not the Bible. And for the movie to follow the book you would have to pick and choose between too many stories. Some people love some and not others. They were critical of Moneyball too saying you can’t make a movie from the book. Well that turned out very well. I think WWZ will do great as a summer movie. That poster is all kinds of kickass great.

    I’m a big Brad fan and will always see his movies. But add the Zombies and I’m there opening day.

  10. yael says:

    not at ALL like the book, but looks like it could be an epic zombie movie regardless.

  11. QQ says:

    Another Zombie lover here! Yup im going.. Fast zombies are the bane of my Zombie Genre, like Is bad enough they eat you and are so many BUT if they are fast; What Chance do we have?!?

  12. GoodCapon says:

    Apologies for a Captain Obvious statement but the zombie people running around look to be CGI.

  13. sy says:

    It will flop, the production was a mess, dissagreements with the director, countless reshoots. It’s a disaster and has to compete with Iron Man, Wolverine, Man of Steel etc.

  14. Cecada says:

    Um, excuse me, but I am a woman and I could give two shits less about Brad freakin’ Pitt being in this film… However, I am a HUGE sci-fi and fantasy fangirl and I want to see it because it’s the genre I love. And what’s more: I think you’d be surprised how many females out there are like me, and prefer a good action flick over some dumb rom-com ANY day of the week!!!

    Stop being so damn sexist!

  15. B says:

    CORRECTION….Ladies will see it because we also love zombies, action & adventure movies. Bradley is a worn out piece of ham.

    • spinner says:

      Bradley is a worn out piece of ham???

      ha ha ha!! Looking at the above pics, I’d say you are correct.

      I read the book & enjoyed it. I wonder if the movie is set up in a way that you never get a clear look at the Zombies…that’s why they have them moving so fast. Maybe all we will see is them swarming in a blur?? We shall see. This would be a Netflix for me.

  16. Just Passing Through says:

    I can’t say that I’m really a zombie fan, but I do enjoy action films and this has definitely piqued my interest.

  17. LoL says:

    I’m pretty sure women don’t go to a movie starring Brad Pitt just to see Brad Pitt anymore. Maybe his die hard fans but not any woman I know. LoL

    bring up his name in a group of womenz and most of them hate him for being a cheater and/or getting old.

    As cheesy as it looks I do like zombie movies… I will catch this on HB0 or starz lol when it comes out.

    • Janet says:

      I don’t know what kind of ridiculous women you hang out with but why would anyone hate on a guy for getting old?

      • lisa2 says:

        I’m sure that is because it is Brad. But I guess women shouldn’t complain when men leave them for a younger woman. I mean they according to this poster get pissed when a guy ages. I guess it has come full circle. Men can also hate women for getting older too.

        such a ridiculous thing. but some women are superficial it seems.

      • Just Passing Through says:

        It’s possible that “LOL” meant that Brad might not have the draw he once did when he was “younger” and “sexier”, say during his Thelma and Louise, Legends of the Fall,Interview with a Vampire, Fight Club, or Troy days. Since he’s gotten older he seems to be more interested in the “body of work” that his movies represent, rather than his “body of work”. Chris Hemsworth reminds me a lot of the younger Brad and he or say, Channing Tatum might be the type of guys that would draw women to see a movie, not so much because of the content of the film, but for pure enjoyment because they are part of the content.

      • Janet says:

        @Just Passing Through: I’m sure he doesn’t have the same star power he had five or ten years ago but LoL specifically said the women she knows “hate” him for being a cheater and/or getting older. His marriage is ancient history, and we’re all getting older, so hating on him for either reason is just stupid.

      • normality says:

        Because hollywood is filled with eye-candy. Bland, meaningless eye-candy. And because regular folks tend to see movies to entertain them, and then go on to idolize and respect other human beings who generally aren’t actors. So sometimes when a piece of eye-candy starts to lose his/her shine, they start to get overlooked. It’s barbaric, but these people sign up for it when they set out to be famous and get plastic surgery. It’s the nature of the beast. IMO, Brad is a decent actor when surrounded by other great actors and when working with a very talented director. I’ve really enjoyed his work in certain films. But to be honest, apart from his die-hard fans, I’d say most people know him as an aging piece of beefcake. It’s not the end of the world.

    • Josephina says:

      Um… I WILL see this movie because Brad Pitt IS in it.

      He leads an interesting life and he gives us a reason to pay and stay in our seats.

      Yes, I am a fan. I wish he would do more movies. Given his family schedule and multitude of oustide interests other than acting, I’ll go watch the movies he is in because he chooses to play interesting characters.


  18. Mia 4S says:

    Should have been an HBO miniseries. Big missed opportunity on a really cool book! Oh well it is a good trailer. They needed a good trailer as I heard praise for Iron Man, Star Trek, Man of Steel, but not this one. I hope it’s good.

  19. Janet says:

    I usually prefer vampires to zombies as long as they don’t sparkle but this movie looks pretty good. I’ll definitely check it out.

  20. watchingyoubitch says:

    I didnt read the book so i am ok with it being different from the book, it does look good so i will see it.

  21. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I haven’t read the books but I’d watch this..probably a rental though.

  22. Nikki says:

    I would pay to see this, for sure. I’m addicted to Zombie/Apocalypse/Zombie-Apocalypse movies/books/games… and it has Brad Pitt :D I tend to like his choices in roles and feel as though his tastes run similar to mine.

  23. shergar says:

    way too much CGI, and the zombies don’t even look terrifying. Just looks like a bunch of people running very fast, nothing zombie like about them.

  24. Madhubala says:

    I’m fine with the movie bearing little resemblance to the book. The movie doesn’t change the book and vice versa, they can exist as two separate entities. So don’t care at all. And this looks great. I’m there opening day too.

  25. Sel says:

    I am not a zombie person. But this movie looks good to me. I love good action flicks and popcorn flicks. This movie seems intense- like I’ll be sitting on the edge of my seat not breathing for scenes at a time. I love those kinds of movies.

  26. Ranunculus says:

    He always looks like he can barely count to three, lame actor too. I am not spending money on this!

  27. Ellen says:

    I wish BP wouldn’t part his hair in the middle. It’s awful.

  28. videli says:

    Eh… They took an impressive book, and made it in a white blue-eyed man saves the world story. I’m still going to watch it though. It’s zombies, man!

  29. Happy21 says:

    I’m not watching it. They just took the name and very little else that I can see from the book and that pi**es me off! They could have made an EPIC zombie movie out of the true World War Z book.

  30. Caroline says:

    For those keeping score put me in the “won’t see it” category because, ewww. He looks awful and the movie looks like a hot mess.

    My teenage sons who are obsessed w zombies will however see it, but they see everything that has stuff blowing up (and zombies). It could have been made for far less $$ and still appeal to the same demographic.

  31. Starllight says:

    I will definitely watch. Can’t wait.

  32. Izzy says:

    It actually looks pretty good.

    Slightly OT, I saw a trailer for the new Tom Cruice flick, Oblivion. It actually looks decent. Too bad I won’t see it (can’t abide the thought of putting any money into the pockets of that $cilon cult).

  33. Shi-gatsu says:

    people will see it, but not because of Brad Pitt. Had they put in another actor, it would be all the same. Zombies, explosions, based on a best-selling book, etc.

  34. Maria says:

    I would’ve preferred a different name as I’m a huge fan of the book; I’ll check it out online when it comes out.

  35. moon says:

    I’m wondering if they timed the movie a bit too late, given how the buzz over The Walking Dead has died down quite a bit and zombie love seems to be fading. Brad’s career is in dangerous territory now, his last movie Killing Me Softly bombed without much fanfare, and I disagree about men and women lining up to see this just because it’s got Brad Pitt – Ryan Gosling’s taken over that spot now

  36. Madpoe says:

    Zombies.Check. Brad Check. I’m in!
    I didn’t buy the book, tho’ I have the zombie survial guide, it looks intense and i just hope it delivers.

  37. Amory says:

    I like Brad Pitt b/c he can actually act – I don’t expect him to look like he’s 30 anymore. And I never expect the movie to reflect the book – movies are always interpretations of the book, some broader interpretations than others.

    Looks good – I’ll see it.

  38. KellyinSeattle says:

    I’ve grown to like Brad; I used to roll my eyes at him but the longer he’s around, he’s not so irritating after all.
    Plus, I LOVE ZOMBIES – watched a zombie movie a couple days ago (Along w/ the Bride of Chucky :) ….also, exactly what do zombies do? I think they’re brought back from the dead and walk like sleepwalkers, so they wouldn’t necessarily be that dangerous…I know what werewolf and vampires are; I don’t really “get” zombies but I think they’re cool.

  39. Janet says:


    Wassup with this??

    Is anybody beside me getting a feeling they are already married?

  40. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    I’m a woman and I’ll see it because it HAS Zombies and Brad Pitt, not just because of BP :) . I’ve been a horror movie fan since I was a kid.

    It looks like an entertaining popcorn flick and I am looking forward to seeing it (I’ll still see it whether it ends up getting bad reviews or whatever, I like to watch the movies I want to see and make up my own mind about them).

  41. kmd0113 says:

    I read the book, and absolutely loved it. They could have never made a movie out of the material… a miniseries maybe. However, this movie looks really good for what it is. I have some ideas how they might incorporate some of the book into the movie, but it is small pieces that wouldn’t be shown on the trailers. I just think you need to separate the two, even though they have the same name.

  42. Mira says:

    If anything I’ll see this movie for the zombies, only. It takes me a long time to take Brad seriously as an actor. I’m not feeling him in the trailer. The zombies, however, yes. It’s a nice contrast to the slow walking zombies in the book and in The Walking Dead. Speaking of which, I can’t wait for the season finale next week. Zombie Merle anyone?

  43. valleymiss says:

    Remember, the production of “The Titanic” was a trainwreck at the time, too. Everyone was skeptical that it would make any $ and James Cameron was taking a beating in the press.

    Based on the trailers, it looks like it could be a huge hit (whether or not it’s like the book, which I haven’t read).

  44. Malak says:

    I have never seen a zombie movie, so can’t wait to see WWZ!!!

  45. lisa2 says:

    They have been doing screenings for weeks. The response was very positive.

    But again the negative comments about a film that has not been released is just WTH. This is why films have such a hard time People online start trashing a film before they have even seen it. I don’t want the trailer to show every aspect.

    And regarding the reshoots. Most of that was for the ending of the film; and adding a scene or so to build to the ending. The idea was to try for a trilogy. Which means that they are focusing on the stories that are told from the book. And as Brad said if it does well then they will continue the story.

    Brad’s company bought the rights to the book. Which means they can use it as source material without taking every thing in it literally. That is what you get to do when you OWN the material now. If I want to see slow zombies and such I watch Walking Dead on Sundays. I don’t need to see that on the big screen. I want to see something different. And all the people saying they won’t see it because of Brad. YEAH. I have heard that before. Yet they are hear talking about his acting and such. Makes no sense if you don’t like the man.

    Got to another thread and love the people you actually love. I don’t think Brad has to worry the film will do very well.

    • Aud says:

      Pitt doesn’t actually own the material. He only bought the rights to adapt it. Pitt doesn’t own the story or the creative work. He is basically paying for the right to adapt it to film.
      There is a huge difference between owning a work and paying for the rights to adapt it to film.

  46. Tres Jolie says:

    Moneyball, the movie, was not like the book it was based on either. Jonah Hill’s character did not even exist in the book. So now we know this will be the case with WWZ, too. People should just go see the movie if they like Zombies and forget about comparing it to the book.

  47. Jag says:

    They need to stop with the trailers so that there is some mystery left when people go to see it. Not having read the books, this looks good to me.

  48. Lis says:

    Im a zombie obssessed female andalthough I loved the book I will see this movie even if it’s the biggest piece of crap simply because it has zombies. I could care less aboutBrad Pitt. He’s looking kind of haggard in this movie anyway. What I’m not getting from the trailers is why his character is so important. I guess we will find out.

  49. Aud says:

    I’m not a fan of anything he has recently produced and If it’s no rumour, I agree with him considering retirement from films.

  50. normality says:

    Ok, ladies. Please don’t hurt me or my family, but this looks like a drawn out version of I Am Legend (which was horrible. I want those hours of my life back). I said something similar above: that given the right setting, director and cast mates, Brad Pitt can occasionally pull things off. All of his lines in this trailer were completely hammy, however, and there is no chemistry at all between him and his wife and kids. Is anyone else seeing so much of I Am Legend in this? Maybe the material isn’t much to work with, but Pitt’s lines are cringe-worthy. However, I know this will probably do well. Everyone loves zombies these days. While I’m at it, can I ask why? I want to know why zombies have been such a “thing” as of late. I don’t get the appeal. Someone explain? ;)

  51. AnnieC says:

    Why don’t zombies eat each other if they’re that hungry?!