Relax, I didn’t just mean to imply that Marc Forster, the man who gave us the worst Daniel Craig Bond Quantum of Solace and the accidentally decent World War Z, is doing another half-assed Total Recall reboot. Nope. But he is taking his next movie to the red planet, that is to say he’s using Mars as a setting and not actually going to Mars, with an adaptation of the sci-fi book Red Rising. What is this Red Rising I speak of, and will you want to see it in theaters? Read on. (more…)
Sure, we were all sent into a tizzy when it was announced that the production of World War Z was going into seven weeks of major reshoots. Compounded by the six month delay in release, the fact that two writers were brought on to pen those rewrites and rumors of bad blood between star Brad Pitt and director Marc Foster, and it seemed that the film, based on the highly popular book of the same name, was in some deep… Well, you know.
Not so, says co-star Matthew Fox. While talking to Collider, Fox said that despite the hiccups, the finished project will be worth the wait:
“And they can have no basis in fact at all and suddenly it become[s] like a notion out there that World War Z is having problems. Everybody who I’ve spoken to that’s seen the film – it rocks, dude; it’s going to kick ass. And the only issue that I’m hearing with the film is that they want to work on the third act; the end of the film.”
Which more or less confirms what’s already been said. Fox went on to say that the third act re-work was about making the film less open ended. Although the studio wants a trilogy of World War Z films, Fox says that the original ending left a few too many threads hanging:
“Obviously it’s supposed to be a trilogy, so they’re, you know I think they’re fine tuning an ending that feels like this movie wraps. In the original script I always felt it was the perfect combination of a complete film on its own and yet at the same time left you going like, ‘Oh my god, we need another installment.’ And so I think they’re just really fine tuning that, and it might require some additional shooting to get it the way they want it. And I hear that Mr. Lindelof has been brought in to help with that.”
What do you think, Bastards? Has Fox assuaged your pessimism about the film, or are you dubious as you still harbor hard feelings about the Lost finale against him?
We should get that on a t-shirt. “Goddard Says Relax.”
The Goddard in this case being writer/director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods). Goddard was subcontracted by Damon Lindelof to re-write the ending to World War Z, the adaptation of the best-selling novel directed by Marc Forster and starring Brad Pitt.
WWZ has been getting beaten up in the press with talk of reshoots, re-writes and star and director not speaking to one and other, but now Goddard is telling Collider that it’s all cool, just typical, big budget Hollywood filmmking stuff. Nothing to write home about.
“I think a lot of that got blown out of proportion. It really was like, they asked me to come look at the movie and give ideas on how to help, and that’s what happened. That happens all the time, I don’t know why this got blown up with World War Z and it suddenly became a big thing. It’s the sort of thing that happens with screenwriters all the time where you give your ideas on what could help, you write some scenes for people… I feel bad for the sort of magnifying glass that that movie’s under because this is just a normal part of the process, this is just what happens… My involvement was just watch the movie, give some ideas, write some scenes that might help, ADR, just sort of fill in stuff, which is what I did.”
At the same time, Goddard seems to be sending a reassuring message that there’s something to be cautiously optimistic about so far as the film, once completed, is concerned.
“Out of respect for the filmmakers, I don’t want to say too much about World War Z, just because I owe it to them to let it come out as they want. What I will say is that some of the stuff I saw was mind-blowing.”
World War Z is due in theaters next summer.
As if the production of World War Z needed anymore troubles, it seems that there are now issues between the director and the film’s star & producer. That is correct, Admiral, apparently Brad Pitt is most displeased with Marc Foster‘s apparent lack of progress.
Putting aside the fact that the release of the film was delayed for six months to allow for seven weeks of reshoots, and the fact that not one, not two, but possibly three writers have taken a crack at penning a suitable ending, it seems that WWZ suffers from communication failures as well. Vulture is reporting that Pitt is no longer on speaking terms with Forster, and this with three weeks remaining in reshoots. Apparently, Foster was never Pitt’s first choice for director in the first place, but was talked up by Pitt’s producing partner DeDe Gardner to be the right man for the film.
Now the budget is inching past the $170 million mark, tempers on set are reported to be frayed with director and star not talking to each other, and what was once touted as possibly being one of the studio’s prestige pictures for year end is perceived as a frightful mess that will be lucky to arrive in theaters even remotely coherent. Perhaps Foster, whose sole big budget credit previous to WWZ was Quantum of Solace, should start steering clear of studio tentpoles.
More news as it will surely develop.
Source: Cinema Blend
We reported last month that Prometheus screenwriter Damon Lindelof had been brought on board the troubled production of World War Z in order to pen a better ending to the film. Well it seems that Lindelof subcontracted the job to fellow Lost writing room alum and The Cabin in the Woods co-screenwriter/director Drew Goddard.
Deadline is reporting that timing was the issue for Lindelof, while he “cracked a potential new ending of the film,” it was Goddard that did the bulk of the actual writing. Apparently, now both men have done their work on the script and are moving on to different projects, so a third screenwriter may now step in to “punch up” the ending to make it filmable.
Deadline is putting money on Christopher McQuarrie, who recently adapted and directed Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher, being the one Paramount will tap. However, McQuarrie may have his hands full already doing rewrites on Cruise’s next blockbuster, Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill.
The reshoots all this re-writing is being prepped for have yet to be scheduled, but Deadline says that embattled director Marc Foster will be behind the camera for them. Reshoots need to happen soon because the film is scheduled for release on June 21st, 2013.
Yeah, no reason to be worried about this movie…
So to bring you up to speed: the filmed version of World War Z from director Marc Foster and producer/star Brad Pitt based on the popular novel by Max Brooks, was postponed from an awards’ season worthy release date of December 2012 to summer 2013 for some reshoots. Those reshoots have since been scheduled for September-October 2012. Now, the news is that Prometheus and Star Trek 2 screenwriter Damon Lindelof has been brought in to rewrite portions of the script in preparation for those reshoots.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lindelof will try to make sense of the film’s third act, which will apparently take up the brunt of the reshoots, which are reported to be seven weeks long. Concerned yet?
Of course, this kind of behind the scenes drama is not uncommon. Look at 2007’s The Invasion, which was postponed a year, had an entirely new production team brought aboard for extended retakes, and then released to an indifferent public who quickly forgot it existed.
Yeah, World War Z deserves better.
How concerned are you Bastards about this news?
The film based on Max Brooks World War Z keeps shambling forward much like the zombies we all love. Brad Pitt‘s production company, Plan B Entertainment, bought the rights back in 2007 and has been slowly working toward a film adaptation. The latest news is that three new co-financiers are ready to help move this project forward.
Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Quantum of Solace) has been attached to direct World War Z, with Brad Pitt all locked up to play a journalist interviewing those survivors of the ongoing zombie apocalypse that has engulfed earth after an outbreak that brings back the dead has ravaged the world. The novel plays out as a factual account of the zombie war, detailing the experiences of various survivors in different parts of the world when the outbreak starts, and the fallout that comes with it.
The film is being budgeted around $125 – 150 million. Paramount was having issues trying to find a co-financier, but apparently Skydance and two other unnamed studios are ready to pony up to get this production filming. The novel’s scope makes it a difficult story to adapt because of its variety in locations, material, and points of view. World War Z examines everything from a modern day samurai’s battle with the undead to large scale army battles with unbelievable amounts of zombies.
Use of various storytelling methods in the film, like animation, could make some of the harder book sequences much easier to produce and add a depth to the material as it’s seen by the different characters interviewed in the story. When you read those accounts in the book, the interviewee’s perspective changes the storytelling pace and flow; a change in the film’s storytelling methods might make those perspective changes more profound.
The choice to go for a PG rating is confusing to me because of the basic nature of World War Z. The novel is violent and involves many adult situations; it’s hard to imagine swarms of zombies getting blown up by artillery in a non-gory fashion and maintaining a PG rating.
We’ll hopefully see a lot more news about this project now that some money has started flowing. NerdBastards will keep you up to date when those World War Z zombie bits start flying.
via: The Daily Blam