The question is, will it make it's money back? Here are some hurdles that might make it difficult.
1. Those familiar with the book can tell by the film trailers that it has taken a different path. While it remains to be seen just how different, typically when film makers that put their own spin on a popular book, it makes people cranky.
2. It's rating is PG-13. That may sound nice and maybe even refreshing to some people, but to horror fans (particularly zombie horror fans), that sugary of a rating means less gore. And, in my humble opinion, blood and gore is a necessity in this genre. Especially if we're talking about a global apocalypse that causes people to rip each other apart.
3. The zombies themselves are quite different from the ones beloved by the die-hard Romero fans. Personally, I like running zombies. I think it really ups the fear factor (see first 20 minutes of the "Dawn of the Dead" remake), and my eyes grew WIDE when I saw them swarming to get at their prey.
4. Brad Pitt himself. Now, I know Brad's a good actor, but he is not the kind of person I was hoping would pick up this story to film it. However, he's a huge name and that alone might draw people to this movie that might not have been interested otherwise.
5. The reviews I've seen are all over the place. Some love it, some hate it, some say "meh...", and as of this writing it has a 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
And with all that said, I'm definitely going to check it out. If you do as well, holler back with your opinions! I'm curious what everyone will think.
Until then, here's a short bit from ClevverNews featuring Brad talking (very briefly) about the hows and whys of the film. Check it out:
Aim high. Run fast.
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