Production of WORLD WAR Z is becoming a real nightmare!
Is the re-writing from Damon Lindelof a signal of trouble? “A nightmare from top to bottom,” says one source. This book-to-movie adaptation seems to be in path to a disaster.
Worrying news for fans of the zombie genre! According to THR, the WORLD WAR Z production is in serious trouble, and it seems like it will be certain disaster at the box office.
Signs of this are much more than the recent delay in its release date from December 21 until June 2013, or the recently announced rewriting by Damon Lindelof. The site's sources say that the direction of Marc Forster is weak when it comes to integrating a zombie apocalypse story. In addition, they say that the relationship between Brad Pitt and Paramount chairman Brad Grey might have accelerated the process, resulting in a hasty production.
And what about the apparent absence of the star Brad Pitt on the set for personal reasons?
This comes from THR:
|It now seems that everything was upside-down on World War Z. “A nightmare from top to bottom,” describes one source with ties to the production, which appears to have been hampered from the outset by a lack of clear creative direction. Pitt hired the director of his choosing, Marc Forster (The Kite Runner, Finding Neverland), but Forster -- who has limited experience on effects-heavy tentpoles -- was not allowed to bring along his usual team. Instead, several more seasoned players were hired. The result, say multiple sources, is a seemingly headless enterprise driven by conflicts. At this point, the movie, with a price tag now said to be north of $170 million, needs as many as five weeks of complex reshoots, which are not expected to get underway until at least September.
“The director was not empowered,” says one insider. “There was nobody that steered the ship. … When you get [a director] who can’t do it all … you get a struggle as to whose is the singular voice.”
There were other problems. As the movie was being prepped last spring, Pitt and his producing partner, Dede Gardner, were busy with Killing Them Softly, a small film that played Cannes in May. Then Pitt was unavailable because he was spending time with his family. By the time Gardner began to focus on the project a few weeks before shooting, a source says, “the disaster was already well in the making.” (Gardner, Pitt and Forster did not respond to requests for comment.)
It was unclear to several people working on the film whether Paramount was fully aware of the mounting issues, including the insufficient time allotted for the shoot. [...]
As the production wended its way through locations in London, Glasgow, Malta and Budapest, there was still more trouble. By several accounts, cinematographer Richardson struggled to impose order, antagonizing other crewmembers in the process. A colleague says Richardson is highly gifted but doesn’t respond well to weakness at the top. “If you waffle at all, you get slammed,” he says.
However, the same note states that there is hope for the film:
|While such significant problems do not ordinarily augur well, it is possible to pull troubled movies back from the brink. (The Bourne Identity is one vivid example.) “The footage from this film looks fantastic, but we all agreed it can have a better ending,” Paramount film group president Adam Goodman tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Getting the ending correct is essential, and we are in that creative process. World War Z is a giant summer movie and we are confident it will be a global hit when it’s released June 2013.”
Another source associated with World War Z says he believes the movie can be saved. “It’s a great first 45 minutes, maybe even an hour,” he says.
You think Paramount could save the adaptation of the novel by Max Brooks?
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