World War Z Woes Continue

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What a mess. At this point, nothing is surprising when it comes to news surrounding Paramount Pictures flop-in-the-making World War Z. And what’s the latest? That producer and star Brad Pitt is not on speaking terms with oft-maligned director Marc Forster. Color us stunned!

Vulture is reporting that things are tense on the set of World War Z‘s reshoots. As stated:

“Things got so bad that when Forster had notes on a scene for Pitt, they had to be relayed through an intermediary — and vice versa. We’re told that this awkward function was and is being largely fulfilled by a rotating trio of studio production president Marc Evans, Paramount film group head Adam Goodman, and Dede Gardner, a former executive at the studio who now runs Pitt’s company. And all this as the production crests $170 million as it heads into its costly reshoots, with an ending that is still in flux. (A representative for Creative Artists Agency, which represents both Pitt and Forster, declined to comment. Calls to Paramount were not returned by deadline.)”

The report also states that Damon Lindelof, who had been hired to salvage the film’s ending, suggested the movie needed more work than that, and that the script issues couldn’t be salvaged in a matter of days. As a result, he’s working with Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard on rectifying some of these glaring problems. Paramount is also looking at other sources for help – such as Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie, but there hasn’t been any word yet on whether or not he’s on board.

Finally, it’s suggested that directing help will be applied to all the action scenes. Unsurprising to anyone who suffered through Forster’s Quantum of Solace – a strong Bond outing almost destroyed entirely by lousy action setpieces.

This movie is going to be an interesting one. Think there’s any way it can be saved?

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  • Rottenjesus

    Why this wasn’t done as a mini-series on HBO is beyond me.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    Yesh probably hasn’t been this much bad production buzz since ‘Heaven’s Gate’. At least there the constant pursuit of perfect was to blame and not inaction.

    I would certainly say by this stage of the game, the studio will be demanding a PG13 rating. With Man of Steel, Iron Man 3 and so many others…a $170million budget; they’re going to want to recoup all the money they can. If production was smooth and costs; much lower, I think an R wouldn’t have been outta the question. PG-13 though I’d say is what will be the rating.

    • LSD Zombie

      I agree with you on the PG-13 rating. There’s no fuckin’ way they’re going to make anywhere close to their budget back with that rating though. Why go to the theater to watch a pussified zombie flick when you can stay home and watch The Walking Dead?

      • theGoldenSimatar

        It’s a “damned if you do – damned if you don’t” situation. Paramount could have an R and PG-13 cut prepared and experiment with a foreign release with whatever the comparable R is in other countries to see how it performs. If it flops, then they’ll try for a PG-13 stateside. Or vice-versa. But so far it seems the bad press hasn’t leaked past the trades and fan circles; so the general public could be unaware and an R might get released cause most people will be unaware of bad buzz.

        I’d say the smartest thing for Paramount to do now is to sell the film to foreign distributors. It’ll cut down the amount of money it’ll make in foreign; but the upshot they won’t have to handle extra P&A and get some money back. Judging by the stories; I’d say they’re desperate to get it finished…selling distribution rights instead of spending millions of their own dollars on distribution might be their best move.

  • Vanvance1

    Pitt really is a child. He’s being paid enormous money to DO HIS JOB and he won’t speak to the guiding hand of the movie. This is what happens when an actor thinks he’s god instead of just lucky to be doing a job ten million other people could do as well or better.

    Hiring multiple writers to apply bandaids to the script isn’t going to help. Multiple cooks just compounds the problem. One clear visionary who loved the book, understands horror and can work with idiotic children like Pitt was the right answer.

    • theGoldenSimatar

      The fact Pitt is also a producer on the production does compound the issue however. It does give him a bit more sway than an actor (even one of his size) would normally have. The bigger an actor gets sometimes the ego does get bigger and thus the opinion “i’m god’s gift to the world”.

      Ultimately though, I’d say blame rests with everyone; especially no one at Paramount for stepping down hard on the production over (what seem to be) Foster’s indecision. The studio should have either yanked the cord and let it go somewhere else or pushed on Pitt and the other producers to find another director. Can’t blame Pitt entirely for the debacle; the blame goes everywhere.

  • LSD Zombie

    Quantum of Solace suffered from more than weak action set pieces. The entire script was a convoluted mess. Not at all surprising considering the script was rushed due to the screenwriters strike.

    At this point I have no interest in seeing World War Z. They fucked up the moment they decided to go the film route instead of the television route.