Whit Stillman Cosmopolitans pilot

Amazon’s third pilot season is open for business, and you can now watch new shows from directors such as Whit Stillman, David Gordon Green, and Mark Forster. Stillman’s pilot, The Cosmopolitans, is already getting great buzz; Green’s, Red Oaks, considerably less so. Below, we’ve got info on all five of the new pilots, with behind the scenes videos for each, and a sizzle reel for the whole pilot season.  Read More »

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Whit Stillman Pilot

Briefly: Amazon’s next round of pilots includes a show from Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco) and one directed by Marc Forster (World War Z, Quantum of Solace).

Whit Stillman’s show is The Cosmopolitans, which “follows a group of young American expatriates in Paris who are searching for love and friendship in a foreign city.” It stars Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny , and will shoot in Paris starting this week. Brody previously appeared in Stillman’s most recent film, Damsels in Distress, while Sevigny was in The Last Days of Disco. Dree Hemingway and Shaun Evans also co-star.

 

Marc Forster isn’t as intimately connected to the drama Hand of God, but will direct the pilot. The show, written by Ben Watkins, stars Ron Perlman as “a hard-living judge who uses visions he believes are sent by God as leads in his vigilante mission to track down the rapist who destroyed his family.” Dana Delany will play Perlaman’s wife, and Garrett Dillahunt plays “a born-again sociopath with violent tendencies.”

Both pilots will appear on Amazon’s streaming service later this year, at which point viewers will be able to vote on the continuation of each story. [EW]

Marc Forster to Direct Sci-Fi Actioner ‘Red Rising’

Marc Forster

We know what Marc Forster won’t be directing in the near future. Although World War Z was ultimately a success, the film had a notoriously difficult production process and it wasn’t much of a surprise when we heard that Forster wouldn’t be back for the sequel. Now we have some idea of what he might be doing isntead.

Forster is attached to helm Red Rising, an adaptation of the recent sci-fi novel by Pierce Brown. The script was written by Brown himself. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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World War Z Forster Pitt

Despite World War Z being one of 2013′s biggest surprise hits, the road to get there was very bumpy. Years of development preceded a difficult production, and during post-production, a whole new ending was written and shot. That raised questions and concerns about the film, most of which were directed at one man: director Marc Forster. It was probably more than any one person should have to handle.

So it’s not a surprise that Forster, who also directed Quantum of Solace and Finding Neverland, will not be back for a sequel, should it come to fruitionRead More »

World War Z Brad Pitt

While many people despise the CinemaSins “Everything Wrong With” videos for being overly nit-picky and mean, it’s damn near impossible to argue with the Screen Junkies ”Honest Trailers.” These serve a similar function, making fun of a well-known movie by pointing out its flaws. The tone is lighter and observations smarter, making the videos funnier and more, well, honest.

Their latest video, for the Brad Pitt zombie hit World War Z, might be the funniest yet. It makes light of the fact the film used so little of the source material, and included a ton of cliches, but still acknowledges that people liked it and the movie performed well.

And while we’re on the topic of World War Z, which is now on Blu-ray, director Marc Forster spoke at length at the scrapped Russia-set ending of the film. Read that, and watch the trailer, below. Read More »

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Feast your eyes on posters for Riddick, Planes, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in today’s Sequel Bits. Also after the jump:

  • Brad Pitt thinks a World War Z sequel has potential
  • Jerry Bruckheimer talks Pirates 5 and Top Gun 2
  • Don’t believe those Transformers 4 title rumors, says Michael Bay
  • Jason Statham is “really excited” about Fast & Furious 7
  • Stephen King is too scared to write an It sequel
  • … but you can see the book trailer for The Shining sequel now

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‘World War Z’ – What Did You Think?

Brad Pitt World War Z

In 2006, author Max Brooks released a book with an amazing premise and an even better title. World War Z, the book, was billed as an “oral history of the zombie war.” It told fictionalized stories of people’s experiences looking back at zombie apocalypse and how humanity ultimately triumphed. Actor Brad Pitt‘s production company almost immediately picked up the movie rights and director Marc Forster was attached in 2008. From there, the film went through several different incarnations before finally going in front of cameras in 2011.

Then, during production, controversy once again surrounded the film. We already knew Brooks’ structure had been jettisoned for a more straight-forward approach by now, millions of dollars and weeks of reshoots were ordered. Turns out, Paramount had hired a new team to rewrite a major section of the film hoping to create a more satisfying experience.

The gamble paid off. A mere eight years after Brooks’ book was released, World War Z is now in theaters. Though reviews haven’t been uniformly positive, most agree Forster and Pitt have made a decent film. It’s certainly the most epic zombie film ever made in terms of scope, but it does have some issues. What did you think of World War Z? Was it entertaining? Did you like the reported changes? Listen to the /Filmcast review here and talk about the film below.

World War Z Forster Pitt

Brad Pitt and Marc Forster‘s long-discussed global zombie adaptation, World War Z, is finally hitting theaters this weekend. After a production marred in controversy, Paramount paid for massive rewrites and reshoots to (hopefully) save the movie. The story goes that, during editing, no one was happy with how the film ended. Executives decided that, instead of presumptuously building the film towards a sequel, it would be more beneficial to rein it back and complete a single story.

Screenwriters Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) and Damon Lindelof (Lost) were recruited to help and, according to early reviews, the pair at the very least saved the movie from disaster. In fact, some people believe they helped make it a really good movie. You can decide for yourself June 21.

Below, read exactly what Lindelof and Goddard did to improve the film, spoiler free. Read More »

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