In this latest sliver of news guaranteed to make your head hurt, it seems as if the big screen adaptation of the Max Brooks novel World War Z could be in financial jeopardy. That and talk of a PG-13 rating have surfaced. Read on. Sigh.
According to New York Magazine’s Vulture World War Z, Brad Pitt’s movie about a global undead apocalypse, may be dying unless Paramount can find a co-financier.
The film currently has a price tag of more than $125 million, and the studio is fervently searching for a partner to share the risk. Sources tell Vulture that if they can’t find one, it’s likely that Paramount will pull the plug on the adaptation of the Max Brooks book, which was to be directed by Quantum of Solace‘s Marc Forster and star Pitt, who would also produce.
Just two weeks ago Universal shut down Guillermo del Toro’s similarly costly and graphic adaptation of the H.P Lovecraft novel At the Mountains of Madness. The difference being? Del Toro was intent on an R rating while Paramount signed a deal with Forster assuring them of a PG-13 cut.
A PG-13 World War Z? Yes, pull the plug and sell it to Showtime or something. Please?
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