Mr. Abraham might be most famous for his role as Salieri in “Amadeus,” but to me he’ll always be General Alekseyev, and Major Sergitov, and all the other characters from Tom Clancy’s “Red Storm Rising.” When I was in high school, I listened to the abridged audiobook in which he played every character! His performance showed me how amazing this art form can be and it set the talent bar for the full-length audio incarnation of World War Z.
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In 2006, Henry Rollins voiced the role of T. Sean Collins in the abridged audiobook. This time he returned to finish the job and read Collin’s final thoughts. As cool as it was to hear him say “I’m addicted to murder,” getting to speak with him afterwards was the real treat. Henry is a deeply intelligent, insightful, curious man. I wish there had been more time to hear about his travels. I might have written about North Korea but he’s actually been there! I look forward to hearing about his further adventures, whenever we (hopefully) meet again. Safe travels, Henry.
This is not the first time Mr. Boxleitner has read my words. Back in 2004, I was hired to write a few DVD extra shorts for the remake of “Dawn of the Dead.” If you’ve seen it, listen for an audio recording of the President. That’s him. My only regret was not getting a chance to meet him in person.
All that changed last year at a convention in Long Beach. I was signing at the Avatar Comics booth and suddenly looked up into the face of TRON! “Hey, can I get a signed copy of World War Z for my son?” I’m sure my stuttering response mirrored Chris Farley’s character on SNL: “Uh… um… remember when, in Babylon 5… uh… you’re awesome!”
He was very gracious, and even insisted on paying for the book.
When it came time to cast the voice of Gavin Blaire, I reached out to Mr. Boxleitner through our mutual friend, Joe Straczynski. Just like with “Dawn of the Dead,” Bruce raised my writing to a whole new level!
The first time I met Denise was when she read a role in my wife’s play, “Family Planning”. We’ve since become friends and she was easily my first choice to play Mary Jo. The charachter is based on a real person, an old, dear, deceased friend of my wife’s. The third anniversary of her death fell, by complete coincidence, on the day Denise read her role. It brought a whole new level of humanity to the experience of hearing Denise record the part.
Given the impending World War Z movie and the continued success of the Audiobook, Random House has finaly agreed to begin production on an unabridged version with all the characters. Casting will begin immediately. I’ll post each new booking as soon as they’re recorded.
Paramount has just announced that they have pushed the release date of World War Z to the summer of 2013. According to a source at Plan B, the studio now feels confident enough in the project to promote it to the summer slot.
Recently I was given a unique opportunity to tour the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. During my tour I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Ali Khan, the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, as well as the creative team behind their new zombie preparedness outreach program. My experience was as comforting as it was terrifying. The comfort came from seeing how intelligent, organized and proactive the CDC’s efforts are both at home and around the world. The terror came from the revelation that these efforts are now under fire from our own government. In the new political climate of deficit reduction and budget slashing, the CDC has watched its resources shrink by roughly one third. At a time when the global population is exploding, national borders are fading, and the existential threat of disease has never been greater, our first and best line of defense is being dismantled.
With Dave Daigle the Associate Director for Communications in the Directors Conference Room in the Emergency Operation Center.
With Dave Daigle at the Situation Awareness Wall in the Emergency Operations Center.
Dr. Ali Khan, Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
With Dave Daigle, James Archer, Mark Connor, Alissa Ekert, Bob Hobbs, and Maggie Silver, the Team behind the zombie graphic novel.
I just spent a few hours on the set of World War Z. I confess I didn’t get a chance to see much. The sheer size of each setup (it’s massive), as well as the uncooperative weather, didn’t allow for very many shots. I also got a chance to meet some of the zombies; the fresh, newly infected, not that much different than humans kind. While I’m still largely in the dark concerning the overall story, it was reassuring to hear from Brad Pitt and Marc Forster that their goal is to make a smart, deep, geopolitical movie. I trust their talent and their intentions and I look forward to seeing what they come up with.
On a side note, the picture comes from a T-shirt I bought at the Piper Pub right next to the set.