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Want to know what went wrong with Brad Pitt's zombie flick World War Z?

Jun. 13, 2012by: Andy Madrzak

With the release date being pushed back, additional weeks of shooting and bringing in writers to help with the story, we already knew Marc Forster's WORLD WAR Z had some trouble. Now, thanks to a story run by The Hollywood Reporter, we might have a more detailed view of what exactly went wrong with the movie's development.

THR quoted multiple sources tied to the production, one of which called the making of the movie "a nightmare from top to bottom". Sources seem to agree that there were two main problems - one being that the film was rushed into production without a clear plan. As one insider states:

"They just couldn’t get it right. There was a lot of spinning of plates, a lot of talking. [But] they did not have a plan."

The other issue seemed to be the hiring of Marc Foster, a director who had never worked on such an immense production. As the article states, "the hope was that Forster could focus on character and story while a strong crew could guide him on action and effects". Sadly, that didn't seem to be the case.

"The director was not empowered. 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."

Crew members were replaced, members of the cast (including Pitt himself) were busy doing other projects, unforeseen complications arose (including a Hungarian anti-terrorist team confiscating 85 automatic assault rifles that were to be used in the movie), spirits on the set kept deteriorating and the budget started getting out of hand.

Still, there are also those who believe that a satisfying finish to the project is still well within reach. One of them is Paramount film group president Adam Goodman, who told THR:

"The footage from this film looks fantastic, but we all agreed it can have a better ending. 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."

Given that another source claimed that "it’s a great first 45 minutes, maybe even an hour", it seems like the torturous production can still yield a successful movie. Stranger things have definitely happened. We'll look forward to seeing how it all goes down during the upcoming months of scheduled reshoots.

WORLD WAR Z stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos (below), Matthew Fox, Elyes Gabel, David Morse and James Badge Dale. The film is still planned for a June 21, 2013 release.

Extra Tidbit: Having learned all the ugly deets on the production, are you still hopeful for WORLD WAR Z to turn out alright?
Source: THR

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3:54AM on 06/14/2012
Who said Marc Forster couldn't direct action? He did a Bond film recently, that no one can remember apparently. Quantum of Solace something...
Who said Marc Forster couldn't direct action? He did a Bond film recently, that no one can remember apparently. Quantum of Solace something...
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5:55PM on 06/13/2012
IDK what to think... one way or another it will be nothing like the book... That being said another major fuck up is, the zombies run in this film.. nothing pisses me off more than running zombies. Im not one to jump to conclusions before i see some footage, but im just worried that this film was doomed since jump street! they could have stuck to the book's guide lines, and made this a trilogy or even a HBO mini series to compete with the walking dead. or maybe the studio really does listen to
IDK what to think... one way or another it will be nothing like the book... That being said another major fuck up is, the zombies run in this film.. nothing pisses me off more than running zombies. Im not one to jump to conclusions before i see some footage, but im just worried that this film was doomed since jump street! they could have stuck to the book's guide lines, and made this a trilogy or even a HBO mini series to compete with the walking dead. or maybe the studio really does listen to all the negative backlash about this film, and sees what the walking dead is doing and finally realized they're shit is fucked, and needs fixing and a major overhaul asap! smart move pushing the date back, the hobbit and Django unchained would have slaughtered this film over the holiday season. i am super excited to see something from this, something positive! then i'll relax.
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12:10AM on 06/14/2012
all we can do is hope they get it right! I personally like slow moving zombies too! They just seem creepier to me! I guess it's cause they just take their time getting to ya cause they know you have no where to go. LOL!
all we can do is hope they get it right! I personally like slow moving zombies too! They just seem creepier to me! I guess it's cause they just take their time getting to ya cause they know you have no where to go. LOL!
4:52PM on 06/13/2012
Yea seems the director was just out of his element. I loved the movie Stranger Than Fiction, but maybe he's just not a big action director. It's probably not all his fault as it sounds like they didn't have a plan from the start. I know as a director if I was hired to do this production I would want a lot of time for pre planning, or I would say no. He probably got excited to do it, and said yes before really thinking that he didn't really have a grasp on what he was doing. I really hope that
Yea seems the director was just out of his element. I loved the movie Stranger Than Fiction, but maybe he's just not a big action director. It's probably not all his fault as it sounds like they didn't have a plan from the start. I know as a director if I was hired to do this production I would want a lot of time for pre planning, or I would say no. He probably got excited to do it, and said yes before really thinking that he didn't really have a grasp on what he was doing. I really hope that it does have about an hour of solid material, and that their not just blowing smoke! I do agree that a film needs a solid ending!
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4:13PM on 06/13/2012

Sounds like a bad movie.

First off, they probably hired the wrong director for type of movie. Marc Foster (Monster's Ball, Stranger than Fiction) is a good director maybe he was out of his league with this one.

Brad Pitt seems to be doing this for the money only. I find Max Brooks' vignette novel so... surprisingly boring. There is some good chapters, he has the right ideas but i just find the book like it had the same story over and over again (Just in different setting and different character point of view from
First off, they probably hired the wrong director for type of movie. Marc Foster (Monster's Ball, Stranger than Fiction) is a good director maybe he was out of his league with this one.

Brad Pitt seems to be doing this for the money only. I find Max Brooks' vignette novel so... surprisingly boring. There is some good chapters, he has the right ideas but i just find the book like it had the same story over and over again (Just in different setting and different character point of view from the book). It is hard to see a movie of this, i don't see it at all. I started reading the book over two months ago! Usually i am not really a slow reader but this book is really a bore to get through. I really don't get the love behind this novel.

"World War Z" would have been better as a mini-series or a series of short movies from each chapter.
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3:04PM on 06/13/2012
Sounds like the production for Spielberg/Cruise's War of the Worlds film. A bare-bones script, with a massive, but quick and dirty production that they planned to shore up in post, but it was worthless with a thread-bare script.
Sounds like the production for Spielberg/Cruise's War of the Worlds film. A bare-bones script, with a massive, but quick and dirty production that they planned to shore up in post, but it was worthless with a thread-bare script.
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3:02PM on 06/13/2012
It's not a fuckin race. Glad to hear they are going to take their time and fine tune it. No one wants to see a rushed piece of shit film.
It's not a fuckin race. Glad to hear they are going to take their time and fine tune it. No one wants to see a rushed piece of shit film.
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