Seven Weeks of Reshoots Under Way on World War Z

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After hearing in March that the release date for World War Z was being moved from December of this year to June 21, 2013, we wondered if maybe things weren’t going so well for the film, and now we have our answer: Star Brad Pitt has joined some of his fellow actors in Budapest for seven weeks of additional shooting.

Per the UK’s Daily Mail, the picture started filming nearly a year ago and then wrapped last summer — but clearly director Marc Forster and his producers aren’t happy because seven weeks is a long time to re-shoot a film. Details are sketchy at this point as to exactly how much of the flick is being modified, and it’s not certain whether or not all of the film’s other stars such as Matthew Fox and James Badge Dale are with Pitt for the new shooting schedule, but we’ll keep our eyes and ears open for additional info.

The novel is set 10 years after a global zombie epidemic and is an oral history told from many perspectives around the world. Brad Pitt is playing a U.N. worker gathering stories of the great zombie war, and his Plan B shingle is producing. Mireille Enos (“Big Love”, “The Killing”) plays his wife, a mother of two girls.

Assuming all goes well, look for Forster’s adaptation of the Max Brooks zombie infestation novel World War Z in theatres next summer.

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  • theGoldenSimatar

    The whole ‘PG-13’ issue I think it going to boil down to ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Abraham Lincoln’ being box office successes right out the gate.

    Both are high budget (about $150 and $70 respectfully), both R and while ‘Prometheus’ is technically part of the ‘Alien’ series; for most people they’re stand alone films. And both are coming out during the summertime. Pretty much the success of both of those films, I feel, will dictate the future of big budget, non-franchise genre films. Putting a film into summer release is a HUGE vote of confidence on the part of the studio; pickups/reshoots are quite normal on films, but the length is odd.

    I’d hedge my bet if ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Lincoln’ make big bucks, that ‘WWZ’ will be released as an R; precedent has been set, so releasing it as an R wouldn’t seem as risky. And ‘WWZ’ has the upshot of having a big star with Brad Pitt in the lead vs the other two.

    BUT, if ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Lincoln’ bomb outright or even just do so-so business, I don’t think it’d be out of the question for the studio to decide on a PG-13 to hopefully draw in a bigger crowd.

  • LSD Zombie

    Re-shoots are never a good sign. If this turns out to be PG-13, I expect we’ll see a colossal financial failure the likes of Battleship and John Carter. Considering how popular The Walking Dead is, no one’s going to pay to see a neutered zombie epic.

  • Terminal

    I hope the movie is good and gory and not PG-13 as I keep hearing.

    • Diavolo

      It’d be nice if there were any rumors about this film that were positive for a change. I’m leaving my hopes set at about the level they were for ‘The Thing’ prequel/remake.

      • Terminal

        Agreed. I wish I was ecstatic for this movie, but everything I’ve heard about it has been pretty disappointing so far.