Thesp boards 'World War Z'

In addition to producing, Brad Pitt has decided to star in Paramount’s bigscreen adaptation of “World War Z,” Max Brooks’ post-apocalyptic tome about a worldwide infestation of flesh-eating zombies.

Brooks talked about the project at Comic-Con, adding that Par has optioned the film rights to two more of his books: “The Zombie Survival Guide” and graphic novel “The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.”

Marc Forster is attached to direct “World War Z,” while Pitt’s Plan B shingle is producing. Brooks told MTV News that Par is eyeing a 2012 release.

In “World War Z,” Brooks — son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft — tells the tale of a researcher (Pitt) for the U.N. Postwar Commission who interviews survivors of a decade-long war against zombies from all over the world in order to put together a post-mortem on the war, which destroyed every country around the globe. A script was penned by “Babylon 5″ creator J. Michael Straczynski, and then rewritten by Matthew Michael Carnahan.

Pitt is currently shooting “Moneyball,” while Forster is in production on “Machine Gun Preacher.”

Pitt is repped by CAA.

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