World War Z was a surprising hit at the box office after its troubled production as most everyone was expecting the movie to tank, but it pulled in $540 million world-wide. Interestingly enough, although the sequel was quickly greenlite and scheduled to hit theaters this summer, behind the scenes production issues once again reared their ugly head. Director J.A. Bayona was off to direct the sequel to Jurrasic World leaving Brad Pitt without a director. Word around the Internet today tells us that Pitt talked his old working buddy David Fincher to step in. The pair has worked well together in the past (Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and this new pairing should give us an incredible new Zombie movie. (more…)
The success of Deadpool has ignited a whole now conversation about what it happening in the world of comic book inspired movies. All of a sudden, darker and more violent storylines became legitimate options for future films, more mature content seemed to the on the horizon. The potential storylines were narrowed down at the bonus scene after the end credits of the first movie, when Ryan Reynolds‘s masked mercenary expressed dear wishes to get his old buddy Cable in the sequel. Since that sequel was confirmed, there has been a tense dialogue about what fans can expect from it and who will be involved. (more…)
Even if you were a fan of the book and KNOW that the movie didn’t do Max Brooks‘ book justice, you can admit that Brad Pitt‘s World War Z movie isn’t a bad zombie flick. It’s just not the World War Z movie that everyone who read the book wanted it to be. Before the movie hit theaters back in 2003, after numerous re-shoots and rumors flying around about the problems during production, an already in pre-production sequel was quietly shut down and squashed. Then the movie killed at the box office bringing in over $540 million world-wide on a $150 million dollar budget. Those kinds of numbers always makes the suits salivate so the sequel was back on, but without an actual release date. Now that’s all changed. (more…)
While the first film was plagued with production and budgetary problems, it seems as if the producers of the upcoming World War Z sequel are looking to get this one right from the get-go. First, Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) was tapped to direct the film and now Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight has been hired to pen the script. Could this end up being the rare example of a second film being superior to the original? All signs (at least from a talent perspective) seem to point to “yes”. (more…)
Acclaimed director of Fight Club and The Social Network, David Fincher‘s attempt at adapting Charles Burns‘ graphic novel Black Hole fell apart a few years back. According to The Hollywood Reporter, however, the project has been resurrected by Brad Pitt‘s Plan B production company.
Here’s what Fincher had to say about the film back during its first iteration:
It’s a really great script by Dante Harper, so the hope is that will win out… It’s so weird. It’s so great, because it would be great to see. It’s a very tough… there’s make-up FX and digital FX that are expensive and to do it right, you gotta do it just right, because it has to challenge your idea of the human body.
What exactly is Fincher talking about? Here’s a quick synopsis of Black Hole:
The setting is Seattle during the ’70s. A sexual disease, the ‘bug,’ is spreading among teenagers. Those who get it develop bizarre mutations – sometimes subtle. Story follows two teens, Keith & Chris as they get the bug. Their dreams and hallucinations – made of deeply disturbing symbolism merging sexuality and sickness – are a key part of the tale!
Sounds more like a Cronenberg film to me than anything Fincher would do, but my interest is definitely piqued.
Source: Geek Tyrant
Marc Forster got lucky when World War Z escaped repeated tales of post-production calamity to become the surprise hit of Summer 2013. Emergency re-writes by Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard seemed to have saved the film, so it might come as no surprise that if a sequel to World War Z comes to a theaters near us, it will be without the directorial efforts of Mr. Marc Forster.
In a recent profile of Plan B, Brad Pitt‘s production company, in The Hollywood Reporter, the subject of a World War Z-2 was broached. Plan B shepherded the film through its difficult production process, and are now looking to the future of the possible franchise, a future that seems to be Forster-less. Here’s the excerpt from the trade (embolded by /Slash for both emphasis and to probably hurt Forster’s feelings):
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World War Z was one of this past summer’s biggest surprises, not only was it a worldwide box office sensation, but it had to overcome some significantly bad press concerning its production in order to get there. Of course, in Hollywood success breeds sequel speculation, and if you want to get the latest information on a subject, you go to the source, like a movie’s actor and producer.
Variety caught up with Brad Pitt at the Toronto International Film Festival, at which Pitt is promoting the award-baiting 12 Years a Slave. When asked about World War Z and a World War Z sequel he seemed very optimistic. “We have so many ideas on the table from the time we spent just developing this thing and figuring out how the zombie worlds work,” Pitt explained. “We have so many ideas and so much information – we think we have a lot of stuff to mine from.”
But Pitt was careful to add, “We gotta get the script right to determine if we go further… We’ll wait and see how the script turns out, but yes, I’d love to come back.”
Considering that the first film had to go back into production after the third act was totally re-written, it’s probably a smart movie for Pitt to focus on getting the script solid first.
What do you Bastards think? Wanna see a sequel to WWZ?
It was good news for Paramount Pictures this weekend when World War Z didn’t tank like the world’s population following the outbreak of a zombie plague, so they’re doing the one thing Hollywood does well in the face of success: start developing a sequel.
Yes sir, a $111 million worldwide haul and the best opening of Brad Pitt‘s career means that WWZ is getting the all clear to proceed with franchise development. Or, as studio vice chairman Rob Moore put it, “Paramount will actively turn to developing a sequel.” Paramount officials had previously said that they were envisioning a World War Z trilogy, which we all laughed about at the time, but now doesn’t seem so ridiculous.
This is an unusual development for a film that many had written off in the weeks and months leading up to its release. The production problems and delays of World War Z have been well-documented, and the lack of fan enthusiasm owing to the departure from the source material seemed to be a double confirmation that WWZ was going to be a nuclear-sized box office bomb. Instead, it was in second place at the domestic box office this weekend behind Pixar’s latest smash hit Monsters University, and ahead of Warner Bros. hit Man of Steel in its second week of release. Who would have guessed? (The answer, is no one.)
So what’s next? Well, it’s a fair bet that Brad Pitt will be back for more seeing as how it was not only a passion project for the actor, but he produced it as well. As for director Marc Forster, no word on whether or not he will be back. Those aforementioned production hiccups don’t help his cause, but it’s even money if he comes back for World War Z-2 or not. Or is that World War 2-Z?
What do you think Bastards? Wanna see a second World War Z?
Source: Geek Tyrant
Despite reports about re-shoots, behind the scenes turmoil, and a lukewarm critical reception, World War Z managed to bring home an estimated $66 million dollars at the box office this weekend, bringing the $190 million dollar film’s worldwide tally to $111.8 million, thus far.
Is it worth your time? Check out our review to find out.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
The word “re-shoots” seems like a dirty word that can poison public perception, but despite that, I went into World War Z hoping for a high action, zombie death-fest with a little plot and hopefully a lot of gore and Brad Pitt.
Sadly, what I got left me mostly cold.
For one thing, the slow pace really makes you feel every second of the film’s one hour and 56 minute run time. As I said, I came into this hoping for action, and while there was some, the scenes from the action packed trailer get drowned by a more human story about the search to quash the film’s growing epidemic and how it affects the (mostly unseen) family of Gerry Lane (Pitt), a retired UN investigator who is pushed back into service.
Pitt is solid in this, but far from great. He’s not wooden, but he’s also not animated. His film wife — co-star Mireille Enos — is as devoid of emotion as she is on The Killing, a disappointment that really hurt my ability to connect with that side of the story and care about what Pitt’s character was fighting to get back to.
The rest of the cast also failed to make much of an impact. David Morse (who played a jailed Ex-CIA agent) did little more than provide a bit of exposition, pointing Pitt’s character to Jerusalem where he teamed up with Daniella Kertesz’s Israeli soldier, Segen.
Segen is solid, tough, and an asset to Pitt’s character as they move from Jerusalem, to a Walking Dead comic book moment, to a thrilling and completely implausible mid-flight action scene and the World Health Organization — where the film’s lazy conclusion occurs, seemingly existing more to lead into a possible second film than serve as a fulfilling conclusion to this one.
Speaking of un-fulfilling, I knew I was in-store for the “fast moving” variety of zombie, but these seemed like they were supercharged. They also lacked the level of visual rot and decay that can really sell the un-dead to an audience, and the transition from man to monster wasn’t exactly subtle, occurring fully in a matter of seconds.
When gathered for CG shots, i.e. the wall in Jerusalem, though, they were a sight to see, but nowhere near as impressive as you would expect from a movie that cost what this film cost.
Ultimately, World War Z can’t justify it’s budget (or, at least, they can’t justify it on-screen) or the changes that were made to the source material, and it can’t wash away all of the negative press with a compelling and stunning film, because this just isn’t that. What this is, is a fix for hardcore zombie and Brad Pitt fans who can ignore some of the film’s shortcomings, though, I clearly failed in that and I kinda wish I had my money and my two hours back.
Source: Box Office Mojo
On the eve of World War Z‘s release, movie fans are wondering if the often-reported rumors of production difficulties and emergency re-writes and re-shoots are going to show in the final big screen product. Fair question, and The Huffington Post thinks it has an answer.
To recap, Paramount took a look at the work in progress cut of World War Z last year and realized that their third act was a mess. Needing to rethink the issue, the producers – including star Brad Pitt – brought in Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness) to pen a page one re-write of act three. Lindelof, in turn, brought in Cabin in the Woods filmmaker Drew Goddard to help him out. At some point along the way Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) was brought in to do a polish, but mostly the structure of the third act was the work of Lindelof and Goddard.
So when you’re watching World War Z later this weekend, or whenever, at what point does the Lindelof/Goddard script take over from the original version? Interestingly, one doesn’t need to spoil anything to tell, at least you won’t be spoiled if you’ve already seen the trailers. Apparently, the third act begins after Pitt’s character gets on the plane in Israel, the same plane scene that closes out the recent trailer. Further, HuffPo says that Lindeloff and Goddard wrote a couple of scenes to beef up the Pitt character’s familial relationship to give his plight greater gravitas and to make the stakes of the film more personal for the audience.
It’s worth noting that the HuffPo article also said that no footage from the re-done third act has been used in any of the trailers, so movie viewers may be in the rare position of going into the final portion of the movie complete unawares. It will be interesting to see what the reaction to World War Z will be this weekend, if it can overcome some of that negative buzz and deliver something that audiences can get excited about. I guess we’ll know for sure in about 24 hours.
What say you Bastards, are you going to check out World War Z this weekend?