For those wondering how in the hell director Marc Forster, screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan and Paramount Pictures were going to cram all of Max Brooks' best-selling novel World War Z into one movie, you don't have to worry - they weren't planning on it. In a recent LA Times piece, it was reported that the movie adaptation is being planned as a possible franchise for Pitt.
For Pitt, the big sci-fi thriller also represents his strongest bid to have a big film franchise of his own, which might be viewed as the missing piece of his career jigsaw puzzle. Forster and Paramount Pictures each view World War Z as a trilogy that would have the grounded, gun-metal realism of, say, [Matt] Damon's Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC's The Walking Dead.
This makes way more sense, since the movie's synopsis revealed that the movie wouldn't be set in a present where the zombie apocalypse is already over, like the book, but rather during the initial contagion. Of course, the movie has to be a success first. If World War Z bombs on December 21st, the best we can hope for is a straight-to-DVD sequel with C. Thomas Howell taking over for Pitt (sorry C. Thomas, but after seeing you wearing sunglasses in a Ralph's yesterday, you deserve it).