Marc Forster

Not all (super) heroes wear spandex, capes, or cowls. Some (super) heroes don’t even wear pants or even underwear, preferring to go au natural from the waist down and a too-short, tight-fitting sweater up top.

Their powers don’t involve flight, super-strength, or invisibility, just the seemingly endless appetite for honey and waxing philosophical just when their human counterparts need them the most (i.e., during a mid-life personal and professional crisis).

That might sound like a curious mash-up of A.A. Milne’s beloved, self-aware, ambulatory teddy bear and Steven Spielberg’s much-maligned Peter-Pan-as-an-adult misfire, Hook, but Christopher Robin, directed by Marc Forster (World War Z, Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball) from a screenplay credited to Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, and Allison Schroeder, easily one-ups Hook, delivering a poignant, moving paean to the carefree joys of childhood, the positives and negatives of nostalgia, the importance of family over work, and the value of people over profits (no, the irony isn’t lost on this writer, given mega-studio Disney’s involvement).

There are spoilers…



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):




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



In a few weeks time we’ll find out if all the re-shoots, rewrites and delays were worth it for Marc Forster‘s World War Z. So far, though, the zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt has failed to get the attention Paramount Studios was hoping for. Maybe a music video with all new footage of Brad Pitt will help?

Paramount called in British rock trio Muse, to lend their track “Isolated System” from the 2012 album The 2nd Law to the feature-length film. While “Isolated System” was released last year, this version by Paramount features Pitt’s character – UN worker Gerry Lane – and his family unknowingly watching the virus spread until it practically reaches their doorstep. Honestly, if you’re a fan of Muse it’s not half bad song. It’s a real tension builder.

In a strange twist during the red carpet premier of World War Z with MTV, Pitt discussed the connection the band had to the project months before their inclusion.

“At the same time, these guys were reading the book, unbeknownst to us, and were fans of the book. They wrote the album that’s out now, ‘The 2nd Law.’ On it, we found the song, ‘The 2nd Law,’ that we thought was exactly what we were looking for the film,” Pitt said. “It just kind of worked out in a nice, kismet kind of way.”

It must have been fate that Muse would be attached to the film, what with their inspiration from the book leading to their involvement. Hopefully it will help boost the reviews that seem to be aiming for the head. Time will tell, time will tell.

World War Z is in theater June 21st.

Source: /Film

After five long years of shifting studios, multiple script rewrites, delays and re-shoots pushing it’s release into 2013 it has finally arrived –I Am Legend 2! Just kidding. It’s actually the first full trailer reveal for the apocalyptic zombie film World War Z starring Brad Pitt.

Based on the book of the same name by Max Brooks, World War Z was adapted to film with the help of Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Skydance Productions and directed for Paramount Pictures by Marc Forster. The movie tells the story of Gerry Lane (Pitt), a worker at the United Nations, as he searches the globe for information that can stop the zombie outbreak that is bringing down the nations of the world. We featured a sneak of the trailer a few days ago, but here is the complete package in its PG-13 tailored glory.

Honestly, from what we’ve seen so far this doesn’t look half bad. Paramount is offering viewers their own type of zombie, one that’s smarter and almost similar to the Vampire-based monsters of I Am Legend, except they won’t burn up in sunlight. A wise decision, considering if this pays off World War Z will be the first in a reported trilogy of films.

We’ll have to see how it all plays out as more of World War Z is released to the public and you know we’re going to keep you posted.

World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale and Matthew Fox hits theaters everywhere June 21st, 2013.

Even though they wrapped on filming months ago, after all the trouble it took the production this far (constant re-writes and budget issues and more), it looks like there is more trouble for the Marc Forster directed World War Z adaptation.  The Daily Mail is reporting that some of the cast (including star Brad Pitt) are being sent back to Budapest for a few re-shoots. Ok, maybe more than a few… an astounding 7 weeks worth!

The studio has already pushed back the release date for the movie based on the Max Brooks’s novel of the same name from a December 2012 release to June 21, 2013. Now there are next nothing for details on the why and what here, however usually when a film goes back for re-shoots, its a day or so to just fix a scene or two. A month and a half makes it sound like there is more than just some clean up work being done.

If the movie is that broken, will 7 weeks resurrect it or will this zombie flick be DOA?


Source: /Film


This Nerd Bastards writer has never read Cowboy Ninja Viking by AJ Lieberman. It’s one of my biggest comic-book regrets. I mean, come on… a comic about a schizophrenic hero with personalities of a cowboy, ninja and a viking -who all have dialogue with each other – should be high on my list of priorities! Eh, I’ll just wait for the movie adaptation.

About a year and a half back, Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wenick were hired to script Cowboy Ninja Viking for Disney. As it turns out, Disney didn’t quite like the adult route Reese and Wernick were taking, so they scrapped the project. *Gee-whiz Disney, what the fuck did you expect hiring those two? But CNV has found a new home at Universal (I guess they thought Cowboys and Aliens wasn’t terrible enough), and Marc Forster could end up making it his follow-up to World War Z.

Deadline says that Forster is ready to make this one his next film, and that production could begin later this year.

I pretty much have no opinion on Marc Forster. He’s not a bad director, but he’s not a very good one either. His films -like Quantum of Solace, Stranger Than Fiction, and Finding Neverland– leave me with a “Meh” feeling. I guess he’s competent enough to take on this wacky comic series. But I’m not encouraged either.

The real question here is on whether or not Cowboy Ninja Viking is a filmable property. I can’t imagine how they would approach the multiple personalities shtick. I think it may be too confusing to convey.

Source: Deadline




Zombie fans love the shit out of Max Brook’s novel World War Z. These same fans flailed their limbs in excitement when, after years of development hell, director Marc Forster was to adapt the “Oral History of The Zombie War”. That initial enthusiasm however, ended real fucking quick. Every fan went stark raving mad, when the synopsis for the World War Z film was released.

The narrative structure of the book is like that of a documentary. Basically, the narrator journeys around the world and interviews survivors to piece together the story of the zombie uprising. The adaptation however, takes place as the war is happening, with Brad Pitt‘s character, Gerry Lane, on a mission to stop it.

Fans are upset that the major crux of the story, its narrative structure and being told through a string of post-war vignettes, is changed. In addition, even more fans were lost when a set clip featured a .38 second human to zombie transformation, along with ghouls that can move like track stars.

During a interview, promoting Machine Gun Preacher, Marc Forster addressed some of these changes and concerns.

The idea, obviously the book is not written as a narrative, you try to take things from the book, but at same time you’re changing certain things. I do feel we’re trying to keep it in the spirit of the book because it’s important.

We are doing our own film, telling our own story because we had to. But trying to still include as much as we can from the book.

He then goes on to talk about how the zombies move in the film saying,

In Max Brook’s book they move in the George Romero fashion. I feel like we have a little bit different approach. But it doesn’t exclude that they might not eventually be fashioned how George Romero’s zombies move, it’s just a little bit different approach. I think that will probably be the biggest discussions that there will be.

Like many fans, I don’t like it when material I know and love is fucked with. However, in this case, I think an exception can be made. Honestly, the book, with it’s non-central narrative, isn’t ripe for adaptation. Big changes were necessary. It wouldn’t have been film-able any other way. On the other hand, why make it in the first place, why not just make another zombie movie?

As for fast moving zombies, I don’t agree with Forster’s reasoning. Slow zombies are scarier because you know you can get away from them, but you seemingly can’t do it.

What do you guys think of the change? Is it a big deal to you or are you open to waiting and seeing what Forster does with it?

The movie is scheduled for release Dec. 21, 2012. Here’s the official plot synopsis:

The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.

Source: MTV



In any film adaptation of a book, changes are necessary and expected to make the story more movie-friendly — or just for the damn hell of it without any real rhyme or reason.

The crux of Max Brooks‘ “Oral History of The Zombie War,” World War Z is its narrative structure; the story takes place in the world after the massive zombie war as the narrator journeys around the world and interviews survivors to piece together the story of the zombie uprising. It is, essentially, a documentary in the way that its presented because this approach (plus having an author who can actually write) gives it that sense of realism.

Paramount has officially released the film synopsis for Marc Forster‘s movie adaptation of World War Z, and there is one major change:

The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.

So, basically, there’s a huge shift in the timeline where the story now takes place as the war is happening, and apparently Brad Pitt‘s character, Gerry Lane, is on a mission to stop it.

Lots of fans are upset that the major crux of the story, its narrative structure and being told through a string of post-war vignettes, is changed; we no longer get to see the aftermath of the war and really get a sense of how big an impact it made on the world and how difficult it is to rebuild everything. According to some, this change is the little push the movie needed to go from a great zombie movie to being just like every other zombie movie. Others are cautiously optimistic; this change obviously calls for more on-screen action without the use of flashbacks and may be more movie-friendly.

What do you guys think of the change? Is it a big deal to you or are you open to waiting and seeing what Forster does with it?

Source: /film

Bryan Cranston in Talks for ‘World War Z’

Bryan Cranston used to be “that dad” from Malcom in The Middle, but since his star lit up with AMC’s Breaking Bad everyone wants a piece. Dudes got 5 films coming out this year, and even after being forced to drop out of Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad the stellar actor is in negotiations to join World War Z, Marc Forster‘s adaptation of Max Brooks‘ acclaimed novel.

While Cranston’s role has yet to be revealed, it has been described as a “small but flashy” role. If he does sign on (please do) Bryan will join fellow stars Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale and Brad Pitt, as United Nations employee Gerry Lane. Told as a series of series of first-person anecdotes collected by Pitt’s UN worker character. It’s a safe bet that Bryan will be part of one of these first-person stories, contributing a personal account.

Bryan already has a very big work schedule ahead of him, which includes Red Tails, John Carter, Rock of Ages, Total Recall, and Argo (the project he picked over Fleischer’s movie). On top of that he’s still working on the series that made him a household name in the past few years, a series that has earned him three Emmy awards. Does this man have Red Bull in his veins, it’s like he never stops for a breather. He just gets up, walks to make-up and comes out fresh as a daisy- like a boss.

Subtitled An Oral History of the Zombie War, the book takes place in an apocalyptic future in which mankind is fighting back against the zombie threat.

Via: /Film