World War Z Woes Continue
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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