The Marc Forster directed, big budget zombie horror, World War Z, is no stranger to problems. In fact, this could prove to be one of the most problematic productions in history. Very early on in production the cast had issues when S.W.A.T teams raided their warehouse, stole all their weapons and very nearly had everyone arrested. Since then there has been one issue after another: not only is the budget getting way out of hand, but the release of the film was pushed back from January 2013 to sometime in the summer of 2013. Also star and producer Brad Pitt has fallen out so bad with the director (who Pitt personally chose) that they are no longer speaking.
Added to those problems, seven weeks of re-shoots have been planned because the film is rumoured to be such a mess, and Lost writer Damon Lindelof had been drafted in to re-write the final third of the film. He then decided it was too much, and handed it over to Drew Goddard. Could things get any worse?
Yes, THR are reporting that Paramount execs only had a mere 52 minutes of continuous footage to show Goddard and those involved with re-shooting the final third of the film. 52 MINUTES!!!! The film has been in production for over a year and all they have so far is 52 minutes, what the Hell has gone wrong here?
The re-shoots are expected to take seven weeks, and will take place in London and they should be starting soon. If we ever do get to see this film, which I must add I am every much looking forward to, it will be a miracle.
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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