“World War Z” Movie Release Date and Plot Synopsis Released, Fans Riled Up

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Paramount has revealed the release date and movie plot synopsis for their upcoming World War Z adaptation… and the internet is on fire with fan anger. Yeah, the response isn’t too great — but it’s an all-too-familiar trend with book-to-movie adaptations.

Paramount is officially looking to release the film on December 21, 2012 — just in time for the Mayan-predicted end of the world!

The World War Z official film synopsis was also released:

“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.”

It appears as though Paramount is following the trend of “loose adaptations” here, as the movie’s synopsis appears to vary heavily from the book. The most glaring change is the fact that the movie takes place during the Zombie pandemic, rather than after the pandemic.

World War Z fans are naturally pretty ticked off. Movies.com’s Peter Hall sums up fans’ thoughts pretty well with the following:

Paramount’s World War Z is not Max Brooks’ World War Z. As anyone who has read (and no doubt subsequently fallen in love with) the latter, it’s about an agent of the UN’s Postwar Commission who goes around the world to interview survivors of the zombie apocalypse in order to understand exactly how it happened. He’s just a researcher trying to unearth facts that the UN might not want to get out whilst making sense of this big, bloody, global brain-eating mess. He is NOT an employee “in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic.” He’s not even a little bit of that. Not even a fraction.

You can read his entire article over on Movies.com.

Are you a fan of the book? Still looking forward to the movie or will you be skipping it now that this information has been released? Is it still too early to judge the movie?

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