"World War Z" movie could be vastly different from book

Brad Pitt at "The Tree of Life" premiere, May 24, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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(CBS) The synopsis for the movie adaptation of "World War Z" (which stars Brad Pitt) is out and the Internet is ablaze. And that blaze is fueled by fan freakouts.

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The book, as you may remember, is set in the aftermath of the Zombie Wars as survivors tell their stories. Here's the synopsis of the movie from Paramount:

"The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself."

That description definitely reads differently from the book. The good people at io9 catalogued many choice comments in the Interwebs. Here's one, from Topless Robot:

The thing that made World War Z special -- and the thing that makes The Walking Dead special, for that matter -- is that it's not about the zombies, it's about the people.

Another thought floating around the Internet is that the synopsis is one sentence and the movie is still filming (Pitt is currently in Scotland working on the movie). Lots of things could change by the time the picture is released in December 2012.

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