'World War Z' enlists Brad Pitt to battle zombies

brad-pitt-salt-premiere-320.jpgWhen the zombie apocalypse comes, at least we'll have Brad Pitt on our side.

Pitt will get into action-hero mode for a feature-film adaptation of the novel "World War Z," author Max Brooks told MTV News Wednesday (July 21) during Comic-Con's preview night. The movie is targeted for a summer 2012 release from Paramount.

Pitt's production company, Plan B, bought the rights to Brooks' book, subtitled "An Oral History of the Zombie War," in 2007 and he's been rumored as a possible star pretty much ever since. Brooks says he got the official word that Pitt would star in the film on Wednesday, along with news that Paramount has also optioned his "Zombie Survival Guide" and "Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks."

"I can't believe how cool Paramount has been to me and these projects, and how cool Plan B has been," Brooks tells MTV.

Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace," "Stranger Than Fiction") is set to direct.

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