Casino Royale‘s Marc Forster is attached to direct and Brad Pitt is attached to produce and star in what could be the best movie about zombies of all time. The problem here is the price tag on the expansive globally-set story. Coming in at $125 million has the studio ready to drop the project and focus on easier to produce fare like more Justin Bieber biopics. The same thing happened with Guillermo Del Toro‘s At The Mountains Of Madness. Despite killer material, an awesome director, and one of the biggest stars in the world, they still couldn’t get financing.
It’s a bit of a different case here, however. Mountains was to be R-rated while Paramount has the guarantee from Forster that World War Z will be PG-13. Lame, but whatever. At least it will exist and”The Walking Dead” gets away with some pretty gnarly effects despite television censor restrictions. Paramount is reaching out to their normal financing partners but I’d think Brad Pitt wouldn’t have to look too far for the money himself. Just recruit the cast of Ocean’s Eleven for the dead-raising funds. Or ask Maddox. You KNOW that kid’s got the scratch. (Vulture)