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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 OrphanageThe 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…)

harlem hellfighters

After the mess that the movie industry made of Max BrooksWorld War Z, you’d think that he might opt out from allowing them to touch any more of his creative endeavors. Alas, this is not the case. It appears as if one more of Brooks’ stories will be going up on the chopping block. This time around the property is a graphic novel by the name of The Harlem Hellfighters and the studio to take it on shall be Sony. (more…)

extinction parade

A few days back the Internetz had some things to say about the potential of another Max Brooks project being put together.  This one would be based off his comic series, Extinction Parade and would feature a vampires vs. zombies scenario.  And instead of putting it on the big screen like that steaming pile of crap they had the nerve to call World War Z, this one would be making its home on TV.  Now, it looks like Brooks himself is saying that the project is more than just a rumor. (more…)


So, Brad Pitt‘s forthcoming fast running zombie wave movie with the title loosely based off a book by Mel Brook’s kid, World War Z, has had it’s share of trouble. After a pile of reshoots and rewrites (including expert rewriter Damon Lindelof ) not to mention a lot of bad press (and an even worse couple of trailers) most if not all of the internet were predicting disaster for the flesh eating flic.

Now with it’s world wide release looming (June 21,) WWZ just had its first public screening which led to the first batch of tweets from people in attendance, tweets that make the movie sound like something other than a train wreck, tweets that you can read after the jump!  (more…)


There are two new television clips for Brad Pitt‘s World War Z making the Internet rounds. We say “Brad Pitt’s” because this certainly isn’t Max Brooks’ vision, but let’s try to leave that argument aside and focus on what Pitt’s version does bring us, Zombie action.

What’s frustrating for this NerdBastard is that these clips have nothing substantially new for us, although there is a second or two of Pitt and family in some (Grocery?) store running from the Zombie wave as it hits New York.

Take a look.

TV Spot One

TV Spot Two:

Even with all the discussion on how this movie is nothing like Brooks’ masterpiece of Zombie fiction, even with all the talk about re-shoots, and script problems, I want to see this movie. I just love Zombie flicks, I always have, ever since, as a young child, my mother took me to see Dawn of the Dead in the theater.

World War Z hits theater screens on June 21st.

Via: Comingsoon


Director Marc Forster‘s World War Z starring Brad Pitt has a new trailer and movie poster making the rounds on the Internet. Before this conversation devolves into a shouting match between those of us upset that the movie will end up looking nothing like Max Brooks‘ novel and those of us that really just don’t give a frak, as long as the movie is entertaining, let’s recap the story line and take a look at the trailer.

United Nations employee Gerry Lane 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.

If you can imagine that you’ve never read the book, that would look like an entertaining zombie flick. One of my favorite zombie death scenes, in the greatest zombie movie of all time, George Ramero‘s Dawn of the Dead, is the scene where a zombie gets his head whacked off by helicopter blades. For this young NerdBastard, it instilled a fear of Helicopter blades, much like the shark in Jaws made my think twice about taking a bath for a few years.

Now the Helicopter – Zombie Grudge Match has come full circle. You’re never safe in a Zombie Apocalypse, everybody knows that, even in the air. Forget that horrifying airplane outbreak scene. I can easily imagine being trapped on a plane when someone bitten turns, but when that wave of zombies takes down that helicopter flying by, that sent chills down my back.

The movie hits theater screens June 21st. I’ll be in the back row, how about you?

Via: GeekTyrant

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.

After what seems like an eternity we have our very first sneak peek of a movie we may not live to see. World War Z was slated to be released on December 21, 2012 (spooky!), but after  production issues, 7 weeks of re-shoots, and Brad Pitt‘s countless hours practicing his “I’m running from zombies, but still need to make the ladies moist” look, the date was disappointingly pushed back to June 20, 2013.

Pending that you aren’t actually experiencing this in the months to come, here is your first glimpse into the zombie apocalypse through the eyes of Max Brooks.

There’s been much debate about the overwhelming use of CGI in this film, as current shows like The Walking Dead have reverted to more old school techniques of liquid latex and prosthetic appliances. Please feel free to let us know what you think in the comments. We know you little bastards will anyways.

Source: Blastr

Stop the press, this just in! ( If you didn’t read that with a distinct 1920’s gangster accent, you did it wrong.) First look at the poster for the film, and probably every copy of the book printed from here until the end of time. Oh, and don’t forget the little annoying sticker that screams “NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!”

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.

Source: Deadline

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?

Source: Blastr