The director ego strikes again and destroys the material that got famous long before whatever idiot decided to make this change got his hands on it.Before the snark hits in reaction to the question in the headline, let me make it clear that I obviously know why Paramount is calling their global zombie epidemic movie World War Z. It's a great title that many people will instantly recognize-- even if you haven't read Max Brooks' book, you've probably at least heard of it. But just because I understand the rationale doesn't mean I have to be happy about it.
Why? Because World War Z has already been ruined and it hasn't even finished filming yet.
Paramount sent out a press release this morning announcing the new December 21, 2012 release date for the Marc Forster-directed film and what little interest I still had in the project died off completely (most of it took a bullet to the head when Forster, the bumbling action director who ruined Quantum of Solace, was signed to direct). Now, my interest didn't die because I'm a busy guy who already has plans for December 21st, 2012, it died because I read the studio's official synopsis for the film:
"The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen."
They should just call the next Resident Evil (another zombie storyline they killed) World War Z if they are going to complete ruin the story line. I Am Legend turned into a story about a heroic doctor. Doom was turned into a completely ridiculous story about genetics.