Monday, June 19, 2006

Pitt's Plan B Fighting "World War Z"

Brad Pitt's Plan B and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way have been bidding against each other, through Paramount and Warners, over film rights to an upcoming 'zombie' novel by Max Brooks titled "World War Z".

Plan B/Paramount eventually acquired the rights.

In 2003, Brooks wrote "Zombie Survival Guide" which explained how to survive a zombie attack.

Premise of "World War Z" is set 10 years after a global 'zombie epidemic'.

Crown Publishing will release the book in the fall.

Sources say film rights sold for six figures, that will go to seven, if a film gets greenlit.

Creator Brooks was a writer on "Saturday Night Live", 2001-2003 and did voice work for the animated "Justice League'.

DiCaprio is currently starring in Plan B's production of director Martin Scorsese's crime drama "The Departed"...