Based on the novel of the same name by Max Brooks and said to star Brad Pitt. Planned release on 2014.
Read it here.
I can't wait.
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Based on the novel of the same name by Max Brooks and said to star Brad Pitt. Planned release on 2014.
Read it here.
I can't wait.
i thought 2012 ang release nyan?
i read the book, looking forward to the movie, pero damn, 2014 is too long man
nice, hopefully by 2014 natapos ko na basahin ang book. hahaha
^ hahaha ako din!I've been meaning to finish it for months now. Aaaaaw,feeling ko ang hirap i-limit into 1 movie ang book,ganda sana if tv series nalang ala-The Walking Dead or The Stand Daming individual stories that would make killer episodes,my favorite being the chapter about the ex-bodyguard and the safehouse with all the rich and famous people,hehe.
They've got $125M behind this project and Par wants to spread the risk and not shoulder it alone. They were in talks to get 3 more financial partners on board. There are no news so far of a breakdown so I guess that panned out.
One issue/bone of contention with the big budget tag is that the studio wanted a PG-13 rating. As usual, for a wider demo.
Also, a lot of money has been poured on the script with Michael Straczynski (sans the grand scale, they could probably push budget at $50M) at first and the latest one with Michael Carnahan. I've read that the new script has more of an epic feel (that will cost money hence the $125M budget, foreigh location shoots and all that entails) - a little bit of Michael Bay touch here.
And an epic feel is what Brooks wanted all along -
When asked about his involvement with the film, Brooks stated that he had "zero control", but favored a role for Brad Pitt, and expressed approval for Straczynski as screenwriter. In an interview with Fangoria, 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." Despite his lack of artistic control, Brooks did say that the movie "has to be epic ... and if it isn't the Lord of the Rings
of zombie movies, I don't want to see it get made."
The bleedingcool source said they've got Robert Richardson as DP and that in his doing pre-prod in London (they confirmed it with his agency's listing of WWZ on his CV). There's also the casting of some Israeli actors and that they're scouting locations in Malta and are processing permits and that filming is expected to start June. Just about right with Pitt probably done with promoting TTOL and its Cannes premiere.
Last edited by OPN; Apr 18, 2011 at 05:50 PM.
WWZ update. Par got their financial partners and looks like they've finally put this back on track.
Source: Variety (I get an error from PEX server when I posted the link)'Killing' actress off to 'War' with Pitt
Mireille Enos in talks for Paramount's 'World War Z'
By Justin Kroll
Mireille Enos is in talks to join Brad Pitt in "World War Z" for Paramount.
Enos would play Pitt's wife in the pic which is based off the tome by Max Brooks and has Marc Forster on to direct.
Story is set ten years after a global zombie epidemic and is an oral history told through various perspective around the world.
J. Michael Straczynski and Matt Carnahan penned the script with Pitt's Plan B banner producing.
Enos currently stars on AMC's skein "The Killing" as detective Sarah Linden.
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures, once shaky about the prospects of the Marc Forster-directed zombie extravangza World War Z, is now on track to make the picture this summer. I'm told that Mireille Enos, star of the AMC hit series The Killing, is in talks to play Karin Lane, the wife of Gerard Lane, the character played by Brad Pitt in the adaptation of the Max Brooks book. In The Killing, she plays Sarah Linden, the homicide detective trying to solve the murder of Rosie Larsen. This will be the first major-studio starring role for Enos, who starred for three seasons on HBO's Big Love. She's repped by Innovative and Authentic.
There had been speculation that Paramount would not bite on the Plan B-produced WWZ because it has a $125 million budget. But as Deadline reported, the studio brought in a couple of risk-sharing partners that will include David Ellison's Skydance. That cleared the way for the movie version of the book that looks at the aftermath of a global zombie war 10 years after the conflict, with a researcher for the UN Postwar Commission interviewing survivors in countries that were decimated by flesh-eaters. It was thorough, and a thoroughly creepy read. Matt Carnahan wrote the script.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hea...ay-brad-181920The Killing' Star in Talks to Play Brad Pitt's Wife in 'World War Z' (Exclusive)
Marc Forster will direct Mireille Enos in Paramount's big-budget film adaptation of Max Brooks' zombie book.
8:28 PM 4/25/2011 by Borys Kit
Mireille Enos, the star of AMC’s The Killing, is making the leap into features, nabbing the role of Brad Pitt’s wife in World War Z, Paramount’s adaptation of Max Brooks’ globe-spanning zombie novel.
Marc Forster is directing the big-budget movie while Pitt and his Plan B shingle are producing.
The novel is set 10 years after a global zombie epidemic, and is an oral history told from many perspectives around the world. J. Michael Straczynski and Matt Carnahan wrote the script.
Pitt is playing a U.N. worker. Enos would play his wife, a mother of two girls.
The movie is scheduled to begin shooting in June in London, Malta and other locales around the world.
Enos, repped by Innovative and Authentic Talent, plays the taciturn detective Sarah Linden in The Killing, the American remake of a Danish TV series, which is being showered with accolades. Being cast in the show was a major breakthrough for Enos, who up until then had a run on HBO’s Big Love and a slew of TV appearances ranging from Sex and the City to Medium.
The Killing was AMC’s second highest-rated premiere behind only The Walking Dead, which will be returning for a second season. Five episodes of the drama have aired so far. With the casting of Enos, it seems the folks at Paramount and Plan B have been tuning in.
http://www.tvline.com/2011/04/the-ki...t-world-war-z/April 28, 2011 01:47 PM PDT
It's Official: The Killing's Mireille Enos to Play Brad Pitt's Wife in World War Z
Michael Ausiello Michael Ausiello
Editor in Chief
The breakout star of The Killing has landed a role to die for.
Mireille Enos — who plays lead homicide detective Sarah Linden on AMC’s addictive murder mystery — has formally signed on to costar opposite Brad Pitt in World War Z, Paramount’s upcoming adaptation of Max Brooks’ post-apocalyptic tome.
Earlier this week, TVLine’s sister site Deadline broke the news that Enos was circling the role of Karin Lane, wife of Gerard Lane (Pitt), in the high profile project — and now the actress herself tells TVLine, “It’s official. We have closed the deal.”
Without question, Enos says she has The Killing to thank for her big-screen break. “Once I had become involved in auditioning for the movie, [the producers] requested seeing both the pilot and the [second] episode and thought really highly of it,” she says. “They weren’t familiar with [the show] before I went in to audition. But just the fact that I was part of the show definitely opened some doors.”
The Big Love alum admits she has not read Brooks’ source material, but that’s about to change. “My husband and I went and got the book yesterday,” she says with a laugh.
Now for the $1 million question: Has she met her leading man yet? “I have,” she confirms. “I got the chance to read with him. He’s a really lovely man.”
And WWZ update - video at link. Release is set for summer 2012.
http://www.ivillage.com/brad-pitt-ba...ew-film-344598Brad Pitt Battling Zombies In New Film
The actor will star in the new movie, 'World War Z'. Plus, the Oscars set a date for 2012. And, Katie Couric is leaving CBS Evening News.
From AP Entertainment Extra On April 28, 2011 at 6:45PM
ilambeses ko nang binabasa to and I admit, the book holds promise as a movie. Isipin mo na kung ano nangyayari sa Walking Dead, the book details the recollections of those horrible days. It's a nightmare scenario too horrifying to contemplate. Kahit ako, hindi rin tatagal nang ilang araw. Imagine a Philippine setting...near impossible ang quarantine gaya ng ginawa ng Israel.
credit dulcinea at JJB.
http://blogs.forward.com/the-shmooze/137696/May 11, 2011, 4:15pm
Israeli Actress Mali Levi To Star Opposite Brad Pitt in Zombie Thriller
By Nathan Burstein
The Shmooze reported a few months ago that the race was on among Israel’s top actresses to land a part opposite Brad Pitt in “World War Z,” a zombie thriller set for release in 2014.
Well, there appears to be a winner. Hebrew-language news site Ynet reports that the role of a female Israeli soldier will likely go to Mali Levi, a model, actress and generally gorgeous 30-year-old who has also dabbled in pop music. The role will serve as Levi’s Hollywood debut, putting her on the growing list of Israeli knockouts playing key roles in American blockbusters.
In the Pitt film, Levi’s character will testify to a UN investigator about her country’s relatively successful response to a worldwide zombie epidemic. The film will be directed by Marc Forster, who helmed the most recent James Bond movie, and is based on a book by Max Brooks, the son of Mel.
Ynet notes that Levi hasn’t officially been hired, but that insiders expect a contract to be signed by the end of the month.
Levi completed multiple auditions to get the part — but already has experience acting opposite the undead, as demonstrated by one of her early music videos.
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles...r-malta.365155Superstar couple heading for Malta
Hot on the heels of Brad Pitt in Malta... Instead of Achilles, he’ll be dressed as a United Nations worker this time round.
Brad Pitt to shoot zombie movie in Valletta and Three Cities
Hollywood star Brad Pitt is expected back in Malta for the filming of the Paramount zombie blockbuster World War Z, with shooting starting next month for about three weeks.
Cinema industry sources said the American actor was likely to have his star-studded family in tow. He should be accompanied by the equally celebrated actress Angelina Jolie. Labelled the sexiest stars in film history and attracting major global media attention, the couple has six adopted and biological children.
Brad Pitt was last in Malta in 2003 for the filming of the ancient epic Troy in which he played the mightiest of the Greeks, Achilles. This time round, he is a United Nations worker and father of two girls in the big-budget movie he is also producing.
Based on Max Brooks’ globe-spanning novel, World War Z is set 10 years after the human victory over a worldwide zombie epidemic and tells a retrospective story about the invasion from the various viewpoints of those who survived the conflict that almost eradicated humanity.
Among the locations for the Malta shoot – the rest of the filming is in the UK – are Valletta and the Three Cities area.
Malta will be playing host not only to the Pitt family but also to established and esteemed names in the film-making world, including director Marc Forster, with Quantum of Solace, The Kite Runner, Finding Neverland and Monster’s Ball under his belt.
The film’s cinematographer, Robert Richardson, is known for his work as director of photography in movies such as Eat Pray Love, Shutter Island, Inglourious Basterds and Kill Bill.
Starring alongside Brad Pitt is Anthony Mackie, who had his breakout role in the multiple-Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker.
The last time Brad Pitt was in Malta, the island, dubbed the “Hollywood of the Mediterranean”, was cast into the spotlight, although the local media let him be. Then, he was still married to actress Jennifer Anniston of TV series Friends fame, who had paid him a visit during the 10-month shoot. While here for a couple of months for his first swords-and-sandals film, he had lived in a converted farmhouse in Magħtab.
His new film is expected to involve hundreds of Maltese crew in various departments and filming resources are likely to be spread thin as other films are being shot on the island simultaneously.
A Norwegian feature film, Kon-Tiki, about legendary Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, is being shot mostly in the Rinella water tanks and at sea, over about a month. Although smaller than World War Z, it is involving up to 650 extras on certain days.
Sky1’s Sinbad is also filming in Malta and an Italian production is also under way.
With filming already rolling in Malta this since last week. I thought it's apropos to bump this thread with this interview of SFX of Max Brooks at Comic Con and he talks about WWZ.
Its also great to note that Max Brooks is totally fine with the movie not following the book to the letter. He just wants them to make a great zombie movie. Here's Max Brooks interviewed during Comic Con. courtesy at the peeps at JJB.
http://www.youtube.com/v/ru2y7U4HMl8Max talks about World War Z becoming a movie
Finally a zombie flick that doesnt have the "what happens next?" ending.. read the entire novel and glad to say that it tackles about "Life after "death"" and how people get by knowing that zombies exist...
not like the "one man left" scenario on usual zombie movies
World War Z set for December 2012 release.
I read the article here.The novel charts a U.N. worker's accounts of oral histories of a decade-long zombie war. The movie, according to bloggers who saw the press release, will take place as the zombie world war is breaking out when there is still time to stop it -- completely different from the premise -- and the timing -- of the book.
Am still looking forward to it, though.