World War Z, the epic Zombie novel by writer Max Brooks, has been having some financing problems. Evidently Paramount Pictures has been a little risk adverse noting that they have been looking for business partners to help fund the now 125m + budget of the film.
According to Deadline, coming to the rescue is Larry Ellison (the Leader of Oracle) to help co-finance the project. Nothing is final at this point, but evidently, the talks are “hot and heavy” with production beginning in June. Ellison also helped to finance some other projects including Iron Man 2. Ellison is known for a bit of grand-standing (which is clear based on the SAP TomorrowNow/Oracle trial late last year – which I won’t waste anymore type space on). If he funds the project, I’ll make a bet with anyone that we’ll see him in a cameo of the movie (just like in Iron Man 2 – where he plays himself).
No doubt this pushes off the rumored 2012 delivery date of the film.
With star power including Brad Pitt and director Marc Forester, my feel is that we’ll see a great Zombie Movie get made….It’s just a matter of when and who steps to the table to help finally finance it.