'World War Z' Needs Money Partner To Stay Undead

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$125 million for a zombie flick? Ha, George Romero once made one for 125 bucks!

Actually, that figure seems like at least what it would cost to bring "World War Z," Max Brooks' sprawling novel chronicling the aftermath of the undead completely taking over the planet, to the big screen. It's a big book, and it would be a big movie, and big movies cost big money.

Too much big money, at least for Paramount, which is currently looking for a financial partner to help pick up that $125 million tab, according to Vulture.

It doesn't matter that Paramount has Brad Pitt attached to star and produce and Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace") on board to direct. It apparently also doesn't matter that the studio got Forster to sign a piece of paper promising that he would deliver a PG-13 movie (Guillermo del Toro's insistence that "At the Mountains of Madness" be rated R is part of what got that project killed at Universal). In today's economy, there are no guarantees, not even when a bestselling book, Brad Pitt, zombies and a PG-13 rating are in the "Pros" column.

We hope a zombie (or Brad Pitt) fan with a truckload of cash swoops in sometime soon, because it would be a shame to have this project go from "undead" to just plain "dead."