World War Z’s Brad Pitt defends running zombies

Brad Pitt explains why the zombies had to run in Max Brooks’ World War Z

Brad Pitt in World War Z
Brad Pitt in Quantum Of Solace director Marc Forster’s World War Z

Some people have a real walker in their barn about running zombies, especially in the adaptation of Max Brook’s World War Z, being as the book focused exclusively on the Romero-style shufflers. Producer/star Brad Pitt took to Entertainment Weekly to defend the decision to speed up the shambling dead.

“The book focused on slow zombies. We chose to be more dynamic in that we wanted to base all of this on science,” explained Pitt.

“So it’s ‘What if we had them move like ants? Or a swarm of bees? Or birds or a school of fish that’s being chased?’ One of the first [questions] we asked was how to portray the zombies and how to do it differently because it’s been done so many times and been done pretty damn well.”

World War Z is in cinemas from 21 June 2013. Pick up Max Brooks’ World War Z for only £6.99 from and see what all the fuss is about.