By Jueseppi B.
World War Z is a 2013 apocalyptic action film directed by Marc Forster and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan. It is based on the novel of the same name by Max Brooks. The film stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a U.N. worker who must travel the world to find a way to stop the zombie pandemic that is defeating armies and collapsing governments.
Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment secured the film rights in 2007 and Forster was approached to direct. In 2009, Carnahan was hired to rewrite the script to the film. Filming began in July 2011 in Malta on an estimated $125 million budget, before moving to Glasgow in August 2011 and Budapest in October 2011. Originally set for a December 2012 release, the production suffered some setbacks. In June 2012, the film’s release date was pushed back and the crew returned to Budapest for seven weeks of additional shooting. Damon Lindelof was hired to rewrite the third act, but did not have the time to finish the script and Drew Goddard was hired to rewrite it. The re-shoots took place between September and October 2012.
World War Z premiered in London on June 2, 2013 and was chosen to open the 35th Moscow International Film Festival. The film is scheduled to be released on June 21, 2013 in the United States in 2D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D.
|World War Z|
U.S. theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Marc Forster|
|Produced by||Brad Pitt
|Screenplay by||Matthew Michael Carnahan
|Story by||Matthew Michael Carnahan
J. Michael Straczynski
|Based on||World War Z
by Max Brooks
|Music by||Marco Beltrami|
|Editing by||Roger Barton
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||116 minutes
World War Z – Trailer 1 – Official [HD]
Published on Nov 8, 2012
World War Z Trailer
Our first look at the new movie World War Z, based off the Max Brooks Novel “World War Z”. The movie is to take on a different approach from the books and we’d like to know what you think.
Retired United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) leaves his wife and family to travel the world trying to find a cure and a way to stop the zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and collapsing governments.
- Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a retired U.N. investigator who is called out of retirement to investigate the pandemic that is spiralling out of control across the globe.
- Mireille Enos as Karen Lane, Gerry’s wife and mother of their two children
- Daniella Kertesz as Segen, a female Israeli soldier
- James Badge Dale as Captain Speke, U.S. special forces
- David Morse as Gunter Haffner, a prisoner living in an abandoned jail
- Ludi Boeken as Warmbrunn
- Fana Mokoena as Thierry
- Peter Capaldi as a W.H.O. Doctor
- Pierfrancesco Favino as a W.H.O. Doctor
- Ruth Negga as a W.H.O. Doctor
- Moritz Bleibtreu as a W.H.O. Doctor
- Abigail Hargrove as Rachel, Gerry and Karen’s elder daughter
- Sterling Jerins as Constance, Gerry and Karen’s younger daughter
- Fabrizio Zacharee Guidoas as Tomas
- Ernesto Cantu as Tomas’ father
- David Andrews as U.S. Navy Captain Mullenaro
- Elyes Gabel as Fassbach
- Matthew Fox as a U.S. Navy SEAL operative
- Lucy Aharish as a young Palestinian woman
- Julia Levy-Boeken as an Israeli refugee
After a bidding war with Leonardo DiCaprio‘s production company Appian Way, Brad Pitt‘s Plan B Entertainment secured the screen rights to the novel in 2007. The screenplay was written by Babylon 5 and Rising Stars creator J. Michael Straczynski, who identified the challenge in adapting the work as “creating a main character out of a book that reads as a UN Report on the zombie wars.”
Marc Forster signed on to direct, and described the film as reminiscent of 1970s conspiracy thrillers like All the President’s Men. Straczynski, however, identified 2002 spy film The Bourne Identity as an appropriate comparison, and noted that the film will have a large international scope which maintains the political emphasis. When asked about his involvement with the film, author Max Brooks stated that he had “zero control”, but favored a role for Brad Pitt, and expressed approval for Straczynski as screenwriter. Brooks said: “I can’t give it away, but Straczynski found a way to tie it all together. The last draft I read was amazing.”
An early script was leaked onto the Internet in March 2008. Ain’t It Cool News review of the script called it “[not] just a good adaptation of a difficult book [but] a genre-defining piece of work that could well see us all arguing about whether or not a zombie movie qualifies as ‘Best Picture‘ material”. The review also noted the film appears stylistically similar to Children of Men, following Gerry Lane as he travels the post-war world and interviews survivors of the zombie war who are “starting to wonder if survival is a victory of any kind.”
Straczynski had hoped that the film would begin production by the start of 2009. In March 2009, Forster said that the script was still in development and he was not sure if World War Z would be his next film. Later in March, rumors surfaced that production offices were set up and the film was in early pre-production. In June 2009, Marc Forster told an interviewer that the film would be delayed, stating that the film’s script still needs a lot of development and is “still far from realization”.
In July 2009, Brooks revealed that the script was being re-written by Matthew Michael Carnahan. Brooks believes this “shows [the producer's] confidence in this project” because of the amount of money that was being invested in it. Paramount Pictures and UTV Motion Pictures announced at the 2010 Comic-Con that Forster is set as director, and Brad Pitt has been confirmed to play the lead role. In March 2011, it was reported that Paramount was searching for co-financier, and would likely pull the plug on the adaptation without one. The article also stated that “an eleventh-hour effort is being made to court frequent Paramount co-financier David Ellison.” A week later, it was reported that “hot and heavy talks are going on with David Ellison’s Skydance and as many as two other financiers.”
Pre-production began in April 2011 with Robert Richardson announced as the cinematographer. In the same month it was reported that filming locations would include Pinewood Studios and London, England. Also in April, Mireille Enos was cast as Brad Pitt’s wife and mother of their two children. In June 2011, James Badge Dale entered negotiations to join the film as an American soldier who tries to alert authorities that the zombie threat is real. It was also reported that filming would begin in Malta in July 2011 and would encompass Valletta and The Three Cities.
A few days later Matthew Fox and Ed Harris entered talks while Julia Levy-Boeken was set to join the film. The same day Lucy Aharish joined the cast as a young Palestinian woman. It was also reported that filming would also take place in Glasgow, Scotland in August 2011. Glasgow would double as Philadelphia, “with false shop fronts being constructed and American cars on the roads.” The city was reportedly chosen after “many months looking for the perfect city centre location to play an important part in the film.”
Philadelphia was passed on due to “uncertainties about state tax credits for filmmakers.” Filming was originally planned to take place in Royal Tunbridge Wells, England before moving to Glasgow. Later in June, visual effects house Cinesite announced that it will work on “a significant amount of shots”. At the end of the month it was reported that neither Matthew Fox nor Ed Harris would be starring in the film despite previous reports: Fox had a scheduling conflict stemming from his prior commitment to star in Alex Cross with Tyler Perry at Summit Entertainment. Fox was later spotted, filming scenes in Falmouth, Cornwall.
On a budget of $125 million, World War Z began principal photography in July 2011 in Malta, with the first images of production being released a few days later. Filming was set to move to Glasgow, Scotland in August with the production company looking to recruit 2,000 local extras for the shoot. At least 3,000 people showed up at a casting call in Glasgow on July 9, hoping for the opportunity to appear in a scene set in a financial district in Philadelphia. Scenes were also shot in Falmouth, Cornwall. Also in July 2011, Game of Thrones actor Elyes Gabel was cast as a character named Fassbach.
In August 2011, Bryan Cranston entered negotiations to join the film in a “small but flashy” role, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Also in August, filming was set to take place along a road on the perimeter of the Grangemouth Refinery in Grangemouth, Scotland. The location was chosen for the length of the road which is crucial to the shot. A few days later Paramount announced the film would be released on December 21, 2012. Later in the same month, filming began in Glasgow. The location manager for the film said Glasgow had been chosen because of its architecture, wide roads and grid layout. In October 2011, David Morse was cast as a “prisoner living in an abandoned jail.”
Filming in Budapest commenced on the evening of October 10, 2011. That morning, the Hungarian Counter Terrorism Centre raided the warehouse where guns had been delivered for use as filming props. The 85 assault rifles, sniper rifles, and handguns had been flown into Budapest overnight on a private aircraft, but the film’s producers had failed to clear the delivery with Hungarian authorities, and while the import documentation indicated that the weapons had been disabled, all were found to be fully functional. On February 10, 2012, the charges were dropped after investigators were unable to identify exactly which “organization or person” had “ownership rights”; therefore they could not “establish which party was criminally liable”.
In May 2012, it was reported that production would return to Budapest for seven weeks of additional shooting. The following month, screenwriter Damon Lindelof was hired to rewrite the film’s third act with re-shoots scheduled to begin in September or October 2012.However Lindelof, who also reworked Prometheus and co-wrote Star Trek Into Darkness, did not have time to script the new ending and in July 2012, Paramount hired Lindelof’s Lost partner, Drew Goddard.
Lindelof explained there were inefficiencies in the script in relation to the shooting, which started before the script was finalized thus making the ending “abrupt and incoherent” and was missing a large chunk of footage. Lindelof presented two options to executives, who ultimately choose to shoot 30 to 40 minutes of additional footage to make a coherent ending. The re-shoots coupled with other overages caused the budget to balloon to around $200 million, which shocked Paramount president Marc Evans.
In March 2013, it was reported that Paramount changed a scene in the film in which the characters speculate that the zombie outbreak originated in mainland China in hopes of landing a distribution deal in the country. It was also revealed that several of the scenes shot in Budapest were dropped from the final cut in order to water down the film’s political undertones, and steer it towards a more generally friendly summer blockbuster.
World War Z – Official Trailer 3
Published on May 31, 2013
A U.N. employee is racing against time and fate, as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly Zombie pandemic.
In December 2011, it was reported that Marco Beltrami has signed on to score World War Z. In May 2013, the British rock band Muse posted a video on their YouTube channel, hinting that they would be contributing to the soundtrack of World War Z. In June, Warner Bros. Records is scheduled to release the soundtrack album for the film which features the original score composed by Beltrami.
World War Z was initially scheduled for release by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions on December 21, 2012, but in March 2012 it was pushed back to June 21, 2013, with Paramount electing to release Jack Reacher on the December 2012 date. The world premiere of World War Z was held at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, London on June 2, 2013. British rock band Muse, who contributed toward the film’s soundtrack, performed at the World War Z post-premiere concert at the Horse Guards Parade, to help promote the film. The film was chosen to open the 35th Moscow International Film Festival. World War Z is set to be released exclusively to Glasgow’s Grosvenor Cinema in Ashton Lane on June 19th, two days before it is launched worldwide.
World War Z has received generally positive response from film critics. As of June 13, 2013, The film holds a 82% approval rating on the review aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 6.1/10 based on an aggregation of 20 reviews. Metacritic, which uses a weighted mean, assigned a score of 57 out of 100, based on reviews from 8 film critics.
Henry Barnes of The Guardian considered World War Z as an “attempt at large-scale seriousness” in the zombie genre, which resulted in a “punchy, if conventional action thriller.” Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph thought that the film had been affected by its troubled development, observing that “the final product has an elaborate uselessness about it”, in a film that had “no heart to be found amid the guts.” Writing for Variety, Scott Foundas thought the film to be a “surprisingly smart, gripping and imaginative addition to the zombie-movie canon”, which shows “few visible signs of the massive rewrites, reshoots and other post-production patchwork.” Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter opined that “Brad Pitt delivers a capable performance in an immerse apocalyptic spectacle about a global zombie uprising.”
A video game tie-in survival horror game World War Z was developed by Phosphor Games Studio and released for the iOS and Android mobile platforms in May 2013. The game is not based directly on the film and features an entirely different set of characters.
In January 2012, director Marc Forster and Paramount Pictures said they “each view World War Z as a trilogy that would have the grounded, gun-metal realism of Matt Damon‘s Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC‘s The Walking Dead.”
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