Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt is set to destroy zombies in World War Z if comic book icon Max Brooks gets his way.

While his partner Angelina Jolie was wowing fans on the opening day of this year's Comic-Con comic book convention in San Diego, California, Pitt was part of major news as Brooks revealed the movie stud was his first choice to front the adaptation of the post-apocalyptic zombie horror novel.

Pitt's production company, Plan B, reportedly picked up the rights to World War Z in 2007, beating out Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way.

Brooks told MTV News that Quantum of Solace's Marc Forster will direct the zombie action film, which is set for a 2012 release.

In other news Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have expanded their property empire by investing in a multi-million dollar mansion in Italy.

The Hollywood couple has reportedly added to their property portfolio by paying $40 million (£26.7 million) for a luxury villa in the hills of Valpolicella, Italy.

The expansive estate is surrounded by a park and includes two swimming pools with waterfalls and jacuzzi tubs, a cinema room and a well-equipped gym.

Property firm owner, Alexander Proto, tells Sky Italy magazine, "They wanted something more exclusive and in record time to spend the summer vacation in Italy."

The couple and their six children spent several months living in Italy this year (10) while Jolie filmed scenes for her new movie The Tourist in Venice. They also own homes in New Orleans, Louisiana and Los Angeles.

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