**SPOILERS FOR WORLD WAR Z THE MOVIE AND THE BOOK – DERH!*
I will tell you right now that I am a mark for World War Z. For those of you who don’t know what that means, it is a wrestling term that means someone who is a complete fan and doesn’t care how contrived or silly anything is, they love everything that wrestler (or in this case, book and movie) does. So maybe my ideas here are going to have a tint to them, but I am still going ahead with sharing them because I think having a World War Z TV show would be awesome. So, in order for this to make sense, let me explain the plot of the movie in the form of Screen Rant’s Honest Trailer:
Did you see that part where they flashed all the parts of the book that they didn’t use? Well they aren’t kidding. The book is told in epistolary format, so there is a series of vignettes tied together by the “author.” Although the narrator doesn’t in truth do a ton in the book, he (or she) would be a perfect vehicle to tie a TV series together. Here is how the plot goes:
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2006) is an apocalyptic horror novel by Max Brooks. The novel is a collection of individual accounts narrated by an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission, following the global conflict against the zombie plague. Other passages record a decade-long desperate struggle, as experienced by people of various nationalities. The personal accounts also describe the social, political, religious, and environmental changes that resulted from the devastating war.
Imagine a world in the midst of a zombie apocalypse with a few twists applying to the the standard rules:
- You have to hit them in the brains to put them down.
- They are all super fast. There don’t even seem to be any fat ones, which are usually slower. Which makes me wonder: if zombies don’t operate under real human rules, wouldn’t the fat ones be able to run as fast as the skinny ones? Would zombie Sylvester Stallone have the same strength as zombie Lady Gaga?
- They work together sort of like insects, though there doesn’t seem to be any reason to it. They just climb to get at something (see the picture above) and end up climbing on each other. And since they are so damn fast they seem to get quite a bit accomplished.
- They also have no depth perception, so if you want to kill a bunch of them, stand on the roof of a building that is too far away for the zombies on the next roof to jump to and they will all just jump in the air trying to get you and fall.
- According to the movie (not the book) they don’t go after sick people. How they know who is sick doesn’t get explained, but is that really where you are going to draw the line when talking about the science of zombies?
That split between the book and the movie is where my TV show comes in. They are already saying they are making the sequel (I bet the third one will be called World War ZZZ) but, as you saw at the end of the trailer up there, there are a MILLION things that they could do to make a TV show great. They could have the UN narrator from the book going around listening to people. He frames each week, introducing the person he will be interviewing, and the rest is told in flashbacks. Here is a TASTE of what they could do:
- Battle of Yonkers (everyone says this but seriously, Battle of Yonkers).
- What happened to Japan.
- The fact that every once in a while zombies that fell into the ocean just walk up onto the beach because they can’t drown they just walk!
- The people in colder northern places got winters off since the zombies got frozen to the ground and stuck in the snow. Think about that, Walking Dead people running around hot as balls Georgia!
- The things people did before everyone realized what the virus was and knew what it did. Coyotes who would make a lot of money smuggling people and their “sick” relatives across borders.
- “The Great Panic” <– That could be a whole season, or at least a sweeps month!
- Mythology episodes dealing with the progress of things post war (since the virus is not eradicated)
- “R.K.R.” – Resource to Kill Ratio – which was how the US changed their tactics to fight the war.
Really, it would be an amazing show.; plenty of action, good stories. They could get crazy good actors to play characters as it would be a short (one episode) commitment. Sheesh, I think I need to tell someone about this. Eva! Mail this to Hollywood. But make sure you put: IMPORTANT TV SHOW IDEA on the envelope. That should totally work. Anyone who has read the book (and seriously go read it right now), tell me who should play whom in the TV show in the comments!
Categories: TV & Film