Slowly at first, then all at once: 'World War Z' & why it's a disaster
Max Brook’s classic horror novel take on zombies, World War Z, has enjoyed brisk sales since its released 6 years ago, and many fans were excited about a theatrical version of the book that Paramount Pictures announced -even though some insiders within Hollywood felt the book would be difficult to adapt. And sadly, some of those thoughts may have been borne out, as the movie version has quickly, and all at once, become a huge disaster.
Plagued with pre-production issues like “a Hungarian anti-terrorism unit raided an airport warehouse and confiscated 85 fully functional automatic assault rifles that were to be used on the shoot.” And things got more complicated due to producer and star, Brad Pitt being absent during most critical pre-production issues. And director Marc Forster, who has very little experience with these type of big, expensive tent-pole films seemed out his depth, even failing to sign off on how the zombies would look like mere weeks before production began last fall.
It has caused a ballooning of the budget and anywhere from 5 to 8 weeks of re-shoots that cannot begin until September (!!!), with writer Damon Lindleof being brought in to salvage what he can.
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