United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to decimate humanity itself.
World War Z, Marc Forster's adaptation of the popular zombie novel by Max Brooks, has suffered a development wobble of late, with the film's release date being pushed back in order to allow for significant reshoots.
Paramount were thought to have concerns over major deficiencies in the story, with Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof hired to rewrite the film's ending. Now it turns out that Lindelof only came up with the idea for the new conclusion, with The Cabin In The Woods' Drew Goddard charged with doing the actual writing.
A previous screenwriter for Lost (alongside Lindelof) and having also written the script for Cloverfield, Goddard certainly has sci-fi pedigree, although whether or not his busy schedule will allow him to perform a full re-write remains to be seen.
The finished film will star Brad Pitt as a UN employee facing a desperate race against time as he attempts to stop a zombie pandemic from sweeping across the globe. Pitt will be joined by Matthew Fox, David Morse and James Badge Dale, as well as a whole host of shambling, brain-munching types.Source: www.totalfilm.com
World War Z, the big-screen adaptation of the popular novel by Max Brooks, is set to undergo major surgery, with Damon Lindelof coming on board to give the script a thorough rewrite, despite the film already having been shot!
The film recently vacated its December 2012 release date in favour of a new opening in summer 2013, with approximately 6-7 weeks of reshoots being scheduled by Paramount. Lindelof has joined the team to see that said reshoots remedy what presumably must be some serious problems with the first cut.
Lindelof is thought to be focussing on the film's final act, which apparently requires serious restructuring. Having previously worked on Star Trek and Prometheus, as well as TVs Lost, Lindelof's sci-fi cred is sky high, so hopefully he can lick this one into shape before next summer.
World War Z will follow the exploits of Brad Pitt's UN representative who is charged with travelling the globe, attempting to wipe out a growing zombie pandemic that looks set to wipe out human civilisation once and for all.
Paramount were thought to have been planning a potential trilogy, although that will very much depend on whether this first film can be salvaged and converted into an audience-pleasing opener.Source: www.totalfilm.com
If there's one man you'd want alongside you during a zombie apocalypse it's clearly Brad Pitt, given that the actor managed to save a women from being trampled on the set of World War Z.
The Scottish Sun newspaper said Pitt and a large group of extras were running through Glasgow's George Square to escape oncoming zombies when the woman fell.
To stop her being trampled Pitt rushed over and carried her out of danger. "It was total chaos as 700 extras were trying to get down the street. They were banging into moving cars, cameras and military who were carrying heavy machine guns," someone on set told The Scottish Sun.
"Brad didn't have time to speak to her as it was mid-shoot. But she said afterwards how grateful she was, despite having a badly-grazed knee." The newspaper reported that Pitt's quick thinking stopped a serious injury from happening on set. Will we see that footage in the final cut of World War Z? Or maybe Pitt's heroics will make a DVD extra. Either way, we'll have to wait until late 2012/early 2013 to find out.Source: www.totalfilm.com
You'd be forgiven for thinking someone's spiked the water if you see yellow cabs, unfamiliar shop fronts and American street signs in Glasgow in the next few weeks – but it's all being done for the shoot of World War Z.
Glasgow city centre is being made up to look like Philadelphia and Brad Pitt is heading into town to film additional footage for the zombie thriller.
World War Z shoots from 15-31 August and a spokesperson for Glasgow City Council told the BBC the local economy could benefit by more than £2m. Glasgow Film Office said it had secured the production thanks to the city's grid system and wide streets, which are similar to US cities.
"The positive feedback and support we are getting from all corners together with a real buzz of excitement around the city is terrific," the film's location manager Michael Harm told The Hollywood Reporter. "We had 7,000 people attending the open casting for background artists."
The film is based on Max Brooks' post-apocalyptic novel World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War and is due to be released next year.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston is continuing to cement his rep as Hollywood's most in-demand actor with a role in World War Z.
The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Cranston is close to landing a "small but flashy" role in the zombie apocalypse thriller.
Brad Pitt is starring in the adaptation of the Max Brooks novel (as well as producing), while Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Quantum Of Solace) is directing.
Cranston recently had to drop out of role in Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad because his schedule was getting too jam-packed.
Among his recently completed projects, he can name Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, John Carter, Drive, George Lucas-produced WW2 actioner Red Tails, and the Batman: Year One animated adap.
On the go at the moment, the greedy thesp has musical Rock Of Ages, the Total Recall reboot, and Ben Affleck's Argo.
It looks like we'll be seeing a lot of him over the coming months, which is no bad thing. To be fair, he's done pretty well for himself just getting to the stage where we no longer call him 'Malcolm's dad'...
World War Z is expected to be released sometime next year.Source: www.totalfilm.com
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