World War Z and the Hater movie

I wanted to talk about WORLD WAR Z for a couple of reasons. A discussion of the film follows (stick around for a half hour video review from Mr Simmons and I) but, before that, I have a more personal reason to be interested.

world-war-z-movie-posterFor a long time I’ve thought that the immediate future of the zombie sub-genre would, to a large extent, hinge on the success or failure of the WWZ movie. It’s fair to say that after all the well-documented issues with budgets and scripts and reshoots etc., I don’t think anyone expected the success the film has had, nor for a sequel to have been greenlit so rapidly. That has to be a good thing, I think, and I’m hopeful that, as a result, Hollywood will have a renewed interest in large budget, zombie-style movies. I would say that… the HATER movie rights have just been re-optioned.

As an enjoyable, effects-laden, dumb old zombie flick, WWZ certainly delivered. As an adaptation of Max Brook’s novel, however, it failed on just about every level. But does that really matter? Looking at things from my perspective, with a film adaptation of Hater on the horizon, I can see two sides. Sure I’d like a fairly literal interpretation of my original story to be filmed, but I’d also like the publicity and sales that a more commercial movie would hopefully generate. I have to accept that such publicity and sales might come at the expense of the integrity of my story. As wrong as it might sound, at this stage in my career with mouths to feed and bills to pay and many projects in the pipeline but few under contract, if I’m honest I’d have to say I’d rather take the cash. With Guillermo del Toro still attached to Hater I’m happy to take that chance of course, and regardless of how any movie turned out, my original book would still be available. It’s not like it would disappear or be replaced. Despite his understandable frustrations with the filmmakers, I’m sure Max Brooks is more than happy with the thousands and thousands of people who’ve picked up his book because of the film…

Right, back to WWZ. Rather than write a long blog post, I’ll let Wayne and I do the talking.

If you’ve not yet read the book, I’d definitely recommend it. If you have and you’ve seen the film, what were your thoughts on the movie adaptation, and what are your hopes/fears for a Hater adaptation? I’d be really interested to hear them. Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter etc.

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  • Jami Sroka

    Congrats on the re-option!!! I’d LOVE to see a literal interpretation of the book and I’d love to see you loaded with all the cash it would bring you. I don’t want to have to murder Del Toro for ruining it. On one hand, I would like nothing more than a big screen version. I’d have my tickets bought well in advance! On the other, I’m sure most readers have their own film version in their head and I’d hate for my version to be better than the actual film. :-)

  • Colin MacDonald

    I just read Hater and thought it was fantastic, I’m excited to start Dog Blood.
    I gotta say it was very interesting to read the opinion of an author who has such an honest and realistic view and opinion on the topic of Hollywood adaptations. I can’t wait to see what they do with the Hater movie!

  • Thomas Breckney

    Still not seen World War Z but a film that could capture Hater’s foreboding tone and subsequent terrifying events would be something special indeed.

  • Heather Lollar

    I understand your thoughts on the adaptation verses money. Truly. I do. But as a fan, if the movie is completely removed from the basis of the book, I won’t waste my time, nor my money, in watching it. Haven’t watched WWZ and have no plans to see it.

  • Wes Harkness

    Its not just that WWZ had NOTHING to do with the book its that it was totally awful in every way. This includes a lack of gore.

  • AshleighJane

    Guillermo Del Toro is tied to the Hater movie? This makes me so excited jesus christ.
    I would like the movie to be fairly true to the novel BUT I’d just be too happy when the movie finally comes out to actually care. :D

  • AshleighJane

    Also WWZ was, in my opinion, fracking amazing. Best zombie movie since 28 Days Later.

  • Stephen Holloway

    I reread hater series recently and I have to say that brilliant twist in first book hater with main character is sublime! One of my faves in recent books! I have said before I would have liked to see a six parter (a small scale hbo! Etc) done really good by a good director of course! World war z book is one of the best I have read in genre ! Still haven’t seen movie yet! A lot of people have given up the book because they didn’t expect it to be documentary style which is a shame because after about 50 pages it gets a lot lot better and I have reread it! Love it! Still not as good as TRUST of course lol

  • Lee Ann Menini

    I know for me having read the hater trilogy that I’d like for the movie to follow the books, you have done an amazing Job giving a different point of view of your generic zombie books. I loved the hater trilogy so much it got me to buy the Autumn series as well. I will be the first in line when/if you do go ahead with the Hater movie!

  • Ashleigh Jane DeeDee Stubberfield

    Guillermo Del Toro is tied to the Hater movie? This makes me so excited jesus christ.
    I would like the movie to be fairly true to the novel BUT I’d just be too happy when the movie finally comes out to actually care. :D
    Also WWZ was, in my opinion, fracking amazing. Best zombie movie since 28 Days Later.

  • Rob Allen

    I would kill to see a Hater movie, only if done right. The Hater trilogy is the best thing I’ve ever read. I’ve never picked up a book and wanted to keep on reading more than this series. You’re a genius Mr. Moody

  • Vallen Hunter

    I would LOVE to see Hater as a movie!
    You have no idea how much I loved your book!
    I still haven’t got round to Dog Blood :/

  • Owen Warburton

    WWZ was great it had little bits from the book but I judge them both on their own merits.
    I’m not sure I would be impressed with a film that just had a guy going round the world interviewing people that’s the only way it could have stayed true to the book.
    I also don’t understand why every review has to mention the production faults. I didn’t sit in the theater thinking how much they overspent or that they had to get other writers in to finish the film. I enjoyed the film for what it was, the book is always there for me to re-read if I want.
    I hope they make Hater into a blockbuster and get more people to read the book in the process.

  • Jonathan Wade

    Bring on a Hater movie, I’ll be there. I admire your honesty and completely agree. A film takes nothing away from an original book, view it as being paid handsomely for someone to promote your own literature, it’s win-win! For the record I enjoyed WWZ film and adore the book.

  • Monica Jaime

    Didn’t care too much for the WWZ movie but I absolutely loved the book! I hope HATER gets made into a movie soon :D I’m sure Guillermo Del Toro won’t let us down

  • Calum Chalmers

    Whatever you do, its your novel and your vision. Whatever happens the Hater movie will be awesome and Ill be there on opening night munching my popcorn.
    If its from you it has to be good. Keep up the good work!
    Oh and if its a UK filming you gotta let us know on here so we can offer ourselves up as zombie fodder!

  • Dave Wodensson Redinger

    WWZ had zero to do with the book and IMO was a horrible film. I was hoping for something along the lines of a “District 9” type film. I was very disappointed. The Hater series would make a great HBO series. I dont think that Danny McCoyne as a character can be developed completely in a 2 hour film. I feel like he is too complex of a character, just my 2 cents.

  • Meike Wenningkamp

    World War Z was too “sterile” (sort of). It follows a Hollywood Blockbuster Knitting Pattern which is exhausted since the 90s – Brad Pitt or any other actor saves the world. wow *yawn*. They did a “family friendly” mutilation of the (very good!) book to get more people into the cinemas. Please please please: DON’T do this to “Hater” !!! It is such a great story with 3dimensional characters with so much depth. It shows both sides and that’s not usual. There is no line between good and bad. I think this is the most important and difficult thing to transport into the movie.

  • Tracy Decker

    Was very happy 2 find autumn on netflix

  • Victor Ballardo

    No matter what the outcome of the movie. I will support it. The reason is because even if this isn’t your design, it is your vision. With that vision, I really enjoyed the first two books. It was one of the best zombie reads i’ve had. I need my “them or us” fix, to finish.
    David Moody, this is only the beginning.

  • DerrickHewitt

    My biggest pet peeve with this film is that it is named World War Z. I would hope that whoever makes an adaptation of Hater, they at least make some attempt at being faithful to the story. WWZ is a decent action horror movie, despite the lack of an R rating and the expansion of content that would earn that rating. By calling it WWZ, the filmmakers guaranteed a couple of things, first that they would receive brand recognition; and second that no one would be able to make a faithful recreation of Max Brooks excellent book. I would truly hope that this isn’t the case with Moody’s story.

  • David Moody

    Thanks to everybody for the comments so far. I’ve really appreciated reading them. I hope to have some more news on the Hater movie in the coming weeks, and will post just as soon as I hear anything. For what it’s worth, I agree with everyone who mentioned a TV adaptation of either the Hater or Autumn books. That’s something I’d love to see. Thanks again and watch this space!

  • John Hodgert

    read the book long before they thought of the movie and you’d never know it was a film adaptation if they hadn’t called it world war z.

  • Alexander ErzGeholz

    Guillermo del Toro is great and Ive seen some of his movies and i like them BUT… I would like the movie to be British, not American. I think a good British director, or at least a British point of view,  would really capture more of the essence of Hater than just the “Oh so big shallow show” we get from 99% of American movies. And yes, whoever makes it, please let the movie be faithful to the book!!!

  • Laurie Wain

    I saw it last night, thought it was pretty decent.

  • Carmen D. Sapotta

    You guys never talked about the Pepsi :P Hoping they make Hater into a movie. Its one of my favorite books!

  • David Moody

    I know, Carmen – we realised afterwards. It was a scene at the end of the movie, the most blatant (and offensive) product placement I can remember seeing in a film. Brad avoids the zombie hordes, and stops for a refreshing drink, making sure he holds the label so we can all see it clearly (except here in the UK, where it was CGI’d out!). It really was a horrible scene.