Screen Junkies » Marc Forster http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:49:15 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Brad Pitt Is Already Making ‘World War Z’ Trilogy Plans http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitt-is-already-making-world-war-z-trilogy-plans/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitt-is-already-making-world-war-z-trilogy-plans/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:00:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241353 The Zombie Ultimatum?

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Although it hasn’t been easy to bring World War Z to the big screen, star Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster are already talking sequel. Two actually. Which would make the series a trilogy. Pitt recently told the LA Times:

“[Director Marc] Forster and Paramount Pictures each view World War Z as a trilogy that would have the grounded, gun-metal realism of, say, Damon’s Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC‘s The Walking Dead.

So, like zombie parkour? I guess I’m into it.

Of course, this all depends on how the film does at the box office when it’s released at the end of this year. Many feel that the zombie trend is wearing out, but if so it’s dying a really slow death with upticks and booms in popularity. The success of The Walking Dead despite its redundancy and slow plotting is proof that the zombie soup hasn’t been completely pissed in yet. We’ll wait for The Asylum to release World War Zombies before making that call.

 

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Brad Pitt Busted For Smuggling ‘World War Z’ Guns Into Hungary http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitt-busted-for-smuggling-world-war-z-guns-into-hungary/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitt-busted-for-smuggling-world-war-z-guns-into-hungary/#comments Tue, 11 Oct 2011 13:57:24 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231953 Load up the choppers like it's the 731st.

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Brad Pitt’s war on zombies has suffered a setback. Police raided a Budapest warehouse and confiscated 85 weapons being used for the currently-filming World War Z. The production claims that the military-style assault rifles came with paperwork claiming they are non-functional, however the Hungarian SWAT team was all like, “No you didn’tttt!!!!”

“This morning a private plane brought guns wrapped in a parcel from a company to an individual [in Budapest],” said Hungary’s Anti-Terrorism officials. “Guns like these are highly illegal to transport even if they were to used as stage guns, which hopefully they weren’t.”

Officials need to handle this threat more seriously. If those weapons fall into the wrong hands then the undead will easily overtake Budapest and then all of Hungary. The key to defeating the zombie menace lies in preparation. If we all band together as a global army and put our differences aside, we can send those geeks back to their graves. (Us)

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Ain’t No Problem A Bazooka Can’t Solve In ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/aint-no-problem-a-bazooka-cant-solve-in-machine-gun-preacher-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/aint-no-problem-a-bazooka-cant-solve-in-machine-gun-preacher-trailer/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2011 14:36:51 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=225083 Gerard Butler gets results.

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Wow. Gerard Butler is helping hungry kids in a way that makes Sally Struthers look super-lazy. He stars in Machine Gun Preacher as Sam Childers, a former drug dealer who decides to up his good karma by traveling to the Sudan and helping the impoverished by kicking hunger down a bottomless pit. While building an orphanage, he also forms a militia to fight against the warlords that are drafting the children to become soldiers.

It’s your move, Sean Penn.

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‘World War Z’ Pics Don’t Make Zombie War Look That Bad http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/world-war-z-set-pics-dont-make-the-zombie-war-look-all-that-bad/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/world-war-z-set-pics-dont-make-the-zombie-war-look-all-that-bad/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2011 20:16:50 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=218788 Maybe the producers realize that the THREAT of zombies can be just as scary as actual zombies. I hope not, but maybe.

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It looks a little arid and desert-y, but not any more than, say, a war against Al Qaeda. World War Z is an oral history based on dozens of accounts of the fictitious zombie war, so this is likely to be just one of several distinct sets, though it’s not known what the other ones will be. The rumor is, however, that the Battle of Yonkers will be the crux of the story. And this don’t look like Yonkers.

After some concern that the production wouldn’t go forward due to funding issues, it looks like we’ve got some definitive proof that it’s being made. I see cameras and everything.

Or course, we’ve got Brad Pitt donning his most handsome Spy Game-esque expat fashions, but beyond that, there are no readily recognizable faces or characters. Or zombies for that matter. Huh.

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Ed Harris & Matthew Fox Won’t Enlist In ‘World War Z’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ed-harris-matthew-fox-wont-enlist-in-world-war-z/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ed-harris-matthew-fox-wont-enlist-in-world-war-z/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2011 19:55:01 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218625 You won't get to see Ed Harris kill a zombie with a shovel after all. :(

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Matthew Fox and Ed Harris won’t protect us from the zombie scourge after all. Both actors were in talks to appear in Marc Forster‘s World War Z but have now dropped out. With production already underway, filmmakers are scrambling to find replacements and can’t think of any other actors Ed Harrisish enough for the part.

Fox has a scheduling conflict with his prior commitment to try to kill Madea in I, Alex Cross. Harris didn’t provide a reason for exit from the film but let’s just assume it also involves trying to kill Madea. Someone needs to step up and do it. (Vulture)

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Ed Harris & Matthew Fox On The Ready-Line For ‘World War Z’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ed-harris-matthew-fox-on-the-ready-line-for-world-war-z/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ed-harris-matthew-fox-on-the-ready-line-for-world-war-z/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2011 19:23:03 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216079 Aim for the brain, boys.

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Matthew Fox and Ed Harris have joined the ranks of those who have sworn to protect us from the threat of undead scum. Both actors have signed on to Marc Forster‘s World War Z. Also joining them is French actress Julia Levy-Boeken.

Harris’s role is unspecified and Fox is credited for the role of “Parajumper.” I’m not sure how closely the film will stick to Max Brooks‘ source material (it seems to have weaved away somewhat already) but there is a vignette in the book that follows a female pilot crash-landed in a zombie infested jungle. Could this role now belong to Fox? Dude is the go-to actor for getting stranded in jungles. (via Deadline and Bloody Disgusting)

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‘World War Z’ Production Moving Much Quicker Than Expected http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/once-dead-world-war-z-production-is-now-moving-really-quickly/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/once-dead-world-war-z-production-is-now-moving-really-quickly/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2011 19:24:25 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206685 Don’t Let It Bite You!!!

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I was more than happy when my plea to have World War Z funded was answered. But now I’m totally stoked.

One minute, it’s dead. Then, it’s back from the dead. Then, it’s movin faster than expected. Just like the Zombieland zombies. Cinematographer Robert Richardson is now prepping for World War Z to begin production overseas. Which means, that principal photography could begin as early as the end of the month.

Although it seems unlikely that the movie can be up and running so quickly, keep in mind that the project has been in development hell for so long that a lot of the prep is probably already done. As ScreenRant proposes, it would make sense for Paramount to want to get this one out as quickly as possible given the cost and the multitude of zombie movies that will soon oversaturat the box office. They definitely want to get this one in theaters before the Scary Movie guys ruin the genre.

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Somebody Had Better Damned Well Pay For Brad Pitt’s ‘World War Z’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/somebody-had-better-damned-well-pay-for-brad-pitts-world-war-z/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/somebody-had-better-damned-well-pay-for-brad-pitts-world-war-z/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:36:39 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202941 Max Brooks' World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War is easily in the upper echelons of zombie fiction. Then why is Paramount having a hard time finding somebody to pick up the tab?

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Max Brooks’ World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War is easily in the upper echelons of zombie fiction. Then why is Paramount having a hard time finding somebody to pick up the tab?

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)

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