There’s a lot riding on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, perhaps not as much as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but since Disney is looking at a big, beautiful world of Star Wars movies beyond the main saga, Rogue One has got to set a tone. The rumor mill today though is not kind to that world as suggestion has leaked into the ether that there’s trouble in franchise paradise. Reports are saying that the first cut of Rogue One has not been received well by Disney execs, and that the movie will be going through extensive reshoots this summer to retool it in advance of its December release. (more…)


Will Marvel introduce their new Dr Strange, a.k.a Benedict Cumberbatch, in a post-credit Easter-egg role in a similar vein to the epic post-credit scene in Captain America: Winter Soldier? Now that  Benedict Cumberbatch has officially signed on to play the role of Doctor Strange, the latest rumors surrounding January’s pickup shots for Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron, is that those shots will include a cameo of Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange. (more…)

The flag of Comic-Book-Movie-Market-Domination (CBMMD) that Marvel has planted over the last few years (Right through the heart of everything DC except Batman) has put then in a position where they can pretty much do as they please and nobody’s going to say a word. Unless that involves re-shoots, then moviegoer fan boys and girls tend to trot out a litany of complaints for Shane Black and the Iron Man 3 production. Thankfully, it’s usually all for the better.

Last night in Hollywood the studio filmed a small series of re-shoots for Iron Man 3 at the TLC Chinese Theater, with plans on

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If you don’t give a frack . . . carry on.


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?

Too soon?

Source: Blastr

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

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