Director Marc Forster’s epic zombie flick, World War Z, appears to have run into problems. While back in January it was said that Paramount were planning to make the film into a trilogy, things have been relatively quiet since. The only piece of news since then has been that the film was bring put back by many months, changing its planned US release from December this year to sometime in the summer of 2013.
More worrying still, a few weeks back further news came about that the film was now having to spend seven weeks re-shooting, a sign that things are possibly going wrong? Considering the epic scale of the film (being shot all over the world) and the sheer size of the project, which stars Brad Pitt (with his own Plan B company producing), you could forgive the odd snag, but today’s news points at something much worse.
The writer of Lost and Prometheus, Damon Lindelof, has been called in to rewrite the final third of the film and give it a bit of a kickstart. The original script was written by Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom) but something has clearly spooked Paramount. What Lindelof can do with the story we don’t know, but since he left many unanswered questions in both Lost and Prometheus, who knows what he will do to World War Z. Even though he has been called in to try and save it, he could well make it worse?
World War Z is not the only film suffering studio panic though, with Paramount pulling G.I. Joe: Retaliation at the last minute recently and dropping its June slot for a slot in the Spring on next year. The reason for this was supposedly to convert the film to 3D, and to add more Channing Tatum (!) Universal’s 47 Ronin is another that has been put back for massive reshoots, and oddly enough the box office failure that was John Carter also fell victim to this approach when more action was added. Men In Black 3 is another that was pushed back to improve the film. With expected box office successes like Battleship and John Carter failing so badly, it would appear that the big studios are panicking that their big blockbusters might follow suit.
The reshoots for World War Z are expected to take place in September or October, and at this moment in time the film is set for release in UK cinemas 21st June 2013. However, judging by today’s news, that date could well change.
The film is based on the novel written by Max Brooks, and the screenplay was written byMatthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Stracynski and the film stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Elyes Gabel and Julia Levy-Boeken. Brad Pitt’s own production company Plan B are involved in this epic tale of the greatest Zombie war the world has ever known. Filming in locations all over the world, the film will take place ten years after the war and survivors are asked to re-live their accounts of what happened to them.
The story is said to revolve 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. The plot is a bit interesting because the Max Brooks best-selling novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War which the movie is based on, dealt with the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. Hopefully this approach will work for the film.
By Matt Wavish