Any producer hopes their upcoming horror movie is going to make viewers see it as their worst nightmare. Unfortunately for Brad Pitt, his zombie movie, “World War Z” is turning to be a nightmare to produce. Brad Pitt’s zombie movie needs rewrite and weeks of reshoots.
Brad Pitt’s upcoming project might be a bit more than what he could handle. “World War Z” seems to have become a nightmare all the way through, requiring rewriting and reshooting. A report from the Hollywood Reporter reads that Paramount pushed the movie’s release for summer 2013, months later than the original launch date.
With a budget that now exceeds $170 million, Brad Pitt’s zombie movie might be ship that sunk before even setting sail. Everybody started the project with high expectations, with Paramount executives hoping for a trilogy.
Adam Goodman, film group president for Paramount, said: “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”. Moreover, Goodman referred to “World War Z” as “a giant summer movie” and explained the studio is “confident it will be a global hit when it’s released June 2013”.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that an insider labeled Brad Pitt’s zombie movie to be “a nightmare from top to bottom” and a director Marc Foster that’s in way over his head. Truth be told, Marc Foster doesn’t have the experience to handle such a massive production and him not having his usual team by his side isn’t making things any easier.
Another source believes stripping the director of power was the reason for most of the hassle. “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”.
According to the same insider, problems started as early as June 2011, when Foster was still not having a clear vision of how the zombies would look or move. “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” said the source.