Director Marc Forster talks about World War Z’s political relevance

“Zombies have always been a metaphor for the darker side of humanity”

Director Marc Forster has spoken to The Playlist about his take on Max Brooks’ zombie novel World War Z.

It seems the Quantum Of Solace and Finding Neverland helmer won’t be shying away from the political dimensions of the zombie apocalypse.

At the Toronto International Film Festival (or TIFF, if you will) Forster said, “Zombies have always been a metaphor for the darker side of humanity.

“In the ‘70s with George Romero, when Dawn Of The Dead came out, it was a criticism of consumerism and so on.

I do think that as that has picked up steam, it’s a very interesting time we live in with the Middle East and even what happens in the US, and I feel one could say a lot, and that’s just purely as a political platform, but also an entertaining platform.

“You can combine the two in a way that has a meaning as a metaphor for the times we live in at the same time as doing a genre picture.”

World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, Bryan Cranston and Matthew Fox, is currently shooting. It’s expected to open on 21 December 2012 in the US.

Intrigued that Forster’s putting a political slant on the mayhem? Or do you like your zombie movies as brainless as their victims? Let us know!

Comments

    • Scurf

      Sep 16th 2011, 12:44

      Max Brooks' novel is about as politically charged as you can get whilst dealing with zombies, so if Marc Forster were to dismiss this, i think there would be little point in making the film. As for the speed of which the zombies move, this is irrelevant. zombies should always be treated as a force of nature, something that forces characters to react to rather than acting as characters themselves.

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